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  • Walkability Assessment

    A community’s walk score is determined by analyzing 3 factors: walkable distance between boundaries, the presence of a comprehensive network of pathways designed for pedestrians and cyclists, and the variety of restaurants, retailers, and service providers necessary for regular life. North Platte has scored 80 and it is determined to be 'very walkable'.

    2024 Walkability Assessment


    The results of the 2018 Housing Study for Lincoln County and North Platte have been released.  The study was authorized by five funding partners, including your Chamber, to get the facts, statistical analysis and future recommendations on addressing housing issues in our community.  It was prepared by Marvin Planning Consultants.For a copy of that study, please click on the following link.

     2018 Housing Study


    2017 Labor Availability Report

    Our 2017 Southwest Nebraska Area Labor Report was conducted by the Nebraska Department of Labor & Economic Development. These full reports provide detailed analysis and context about labor availability, hiring, training needs, and skills gaps. Results revealed that there were an estimated 5,007 potential job seekers, over the age of 18, in the city of North Platte during the Fall of 2016.

     2017 Labor Availability Report


    2019 Nebraska Statewide Labor Availability Study Reports

    In the winter of 2019, the Nebraska Department of Labor compiled survey data collected from households and businesses in 2016 through the Spring of 2019. The Nebraska Statewide Labor Availability Report data set consists of over 21,000 responses from individuals across Nebraska. More than 4,700 employer responses from Nebraska and Iowa make up the data set used to create the Nebraska Statewide Hiring and Training Needs Report.

    2019 Nebraska Statewide Labor Availability Study Reports

    2013 Labor Force and Wage and Benefits Survey

    Our 2013 comprehensive Labor Availability Study was conducted by The University of Nebraska - Kearney. This independent study was based on feedback generated from household and local employers surveys. This study quantifies the fact that this region has a high level of underemployment. Our historically low unemployment rate as reported by the Department of Labor, does not reflect a high number of workers working multiple jobs to make ends meet. The survey indicates that there is a large pool of available workers for jobs that have good benefits and a living wage.

    Additionally, the University included Wage and Benefit information gathered from area businesses. The results are included in the study.

    For complete study results, click on the link below:

     2013 Labor Force and Wage and Benefits Survey


    For additional labor force information, please visit the Nebraska Department of Labor, Workforce Development site.


    Local Incentives

    The North Platte Area Chamber & Development Corporation is committed to the retention, expansion and attraction of preferred employers that offer good quality jobs in Lincoln County. Incentives are available to help businesses that meet the requirements of that commitment.

    Local Incentives
    Quality Growth Fund (The Plan)
    Quality Growth Fund (Application)
    Nebraska Tax Increment Financing Report - produced for Nebraska Economic Developers Association, March 2018
       NE TIF Report Appendix C- Community Impacts

    State Incentives

    The Nebraska Advantage package was designed to create a business climate that makes Nebraska the preferred location for starting and growing your business. The Nebraska Advantage rewards businesses that invest in the state and hire Nebraskans. In this progressive, pro-business tax climate, corporate income and sales taxes are reduced or virtually eliminated.

    Additional information on the State Tax Incentives


    Job Training Services & Incentives

    1. Nebraska Customized Job Training Program

    • Provides State training assistance on a reimbursement basis for projects that create new jobs and offer an opportunity for economic development in Nebraska
    • Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to, manufacturing, processing, warehousing/distribution, data processing and headquarter locations
    • Training assistance targeted for full-time production positions
    • Eligible costs may include instructor fees, books, materials and limited on-the-job training
    • Positions created must offer salaries that meet or exceed the local average wage for similar positions with a competitive benefits package
    • Typical reimbursement is $250 TO $1,000 per job

    2. Workforce Attraction Grant

    • Chamber & Development provides initial funding to support an employee recruitment campaign
    • Funding to be utilized for local and state advertising sources, including newspaper, radio, television, billboards, Internet, job fairs, etc.
    • Special consideration given to positions that offer above average pay for comparable positions in the area
    • Level of funding at the discretion of the Chamber & Development Board of Directors

    3. Mid-Plains Community College Career Assessment and Training Center

    • National-known assessment center assists private business in identifying necessary skill sets for selected positions
    • Pre-testing of applicants is available for a nominal fee
    • Negotiable rate structure available for specific employee training programs conducted at the College or on-site at a business
    • Listing of current and past satisfied clients is readily available


    North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau Sports Tourism Strategic Planning Program

    The North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau partnered with Huddle Up Group to develop a plan focused on Sports Tourism for our area. 
    The sports tourism industry has grown consistently over the past 20 years. Studies show that the grass roots portion of this market is worth more than $11.4 billion annually to the domestic economy. Whether you use the National Recreation and Park Association spending estimate ($85 per person per day), the 2011 National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) study ($208 per person per day), or the Destinations International (DI) economic impact calculator, the value of this niche market is palpable.

    Sports Tourism Strategic Plan- Project Report 4/25/19 


    Links to other sites

    City of North Platte
    NE Department of Economic Development
    NPPD - Economic Development
    State of Nebraska
    Nebraska Workforce Development

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