More than just farms, Nebraska is fertile ground for business growth

In Nebraska, we are proud to be a top state for business. Our state is consistently in the Top 10 national rankings for best-run states, top states for economic competitiveness, the pro-business factor, high quality of life, educational attainment, and growth and innovation.

Nebraska has a diverse and robust economy and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. We have created a better environment for the private sector to grow jobs and, as a result, Nebraska has exciting business announcements on a regular basis.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman
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Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman

Nebraska was awarded the Governor's Cup by "Site Selection" magazine for having the most economic development above $1 million in investment or creating 50 or more jobs on a per capita basis. The Omaha metropolitan area was No. 1 for population centers of between 200,000 to 1 million people.

Omaha has been recognized as one of the best cities for businesses and a Top 5 military-friendly city. Lincoln has been recognized as the best city in America for new jobs.

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Nebraska has low energy rates and one of the lowest costs of doing business in the nation. The Nebraska Advantage business incentives package enhances the state's job climate and makes our state a preferred location for starting and growing businesses. The Nebraska Advantage emphasizes capital investment, innovation, job creation and training for workers.

Additionally, Nebraska is focused on attracting high-tech start-up companies by offering refundable state income-tax credits to qualifying investors through the Angel Investment Tax Credit.

Nebraska is the No. 1 cattle-feeding state and the second leading producer of ethanol in America. Yet, it isn't all about agriculture. Nebraska is a top state for new business, a leader in the insurance and transportation sectors, and one of the best-run states in America.

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Our central location, combined with our varied modes of transportation—rail, truck, barge and air—provides access to major U.S. and overseas markets. Nebraska is strategically placed in the middle of the NAFTA trade corridor, offers two foreign trade zones, and Interstate 80 links us to both coasts. We employ more people in the trucking industry than anywhere else in the U.S.

Our quality of life is outstanding. The normal commute time to work is generally under 20 minutes. Nebraska has one of the highest high school graduation rates in America and we are a Top 10 state for students choosing to attend college.

"Nebraska has one of the highest high school graduation rates in America and we are a Top 10 state for students choosing to attend college."

The tourism and travel industry has an important economic impact on the state. Nebraska is the place for recreational entertainment and is the home of the nationally renowned Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo boasts several notable exhibits, including the largest cat complex in North America, the world's largest nocturnal exhibit and one of the world's largest indoor rain forests. The College World Series is played in Omaha each year and Nebraska is also home to some of the country's top golf courses.

Nebraska has been in CNBC's America's Top States for Business for the last several years. We appreciate that, as a business leader, CNBC has highlighted the progress and success we've made. Let us show you what Nebraska has to offer.

—By Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman