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(March 4, 2017)

For the third time since 2014, Site Selection Magazine has recognized Omaha-Council Bluffs and the State of Nebraska for economic growth and development.

Governor Pete Ricketts accepted the 2016 Governor's Cup Thursday, the day after Statehood Day, the state's 150th anniversary. "We wanted to bring a present of our own," said Site Selection Managing Editor Adam Bruns. "This is not a gift. It's something you have earned."

Site Selection recognizes states with the most qualifying new and expanded facilities per capita, which Nebraska claims for capital investment activity in 2016. "The Cup is returning to Nebraska because of 101 projects we tracked in your state," said Bruns. "That's thanks to teamwork."

The magazine also awarded the greater Omaha metro the #1 ranking for new and expanded corporate projects. The #1 rating is for Tier 2 cities including Baton Rouge, Lexington, Kentucky and Durham Chapel Hill, North Carolina. HDR's decision to build its new global headquarters in AkSarBen Village was a consideration in awarding the #1 ranking.

"We celebrate this latest top ranking with all of our partner counties, city leaders and the Nebraska and Iowa Departments of Economic Development," said Greater Omaha Chamber President and CEO David Brown. "We're all driven by the same goal, the higher quality of life that comes from a steady rush of new jobs and investment."

Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, Fremont Mayor Scott Getzschman, Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert attended the announcement and awards presentation. "Job and business growth is one of the priorities of our administration," said Mayor Stothert. "It's an honor to be recognized by Site Selection Magazine for creating policies and opportunities for businesses to grow and expand."

Governor Pete Ricketts said, "The best thing we have in Nebraska is our people; well-educated, hard working, loyal employees who will help your company succeed. When you hire a Nebraskan, you get someone who has a great work ethic."

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