Diplomat program spurs economic development

A group coordinated through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development has brought at least one new business to the state, and officials are working to attract more companies.

The 280 business executives and community leaders, called diplomats, work to attract businesses through measures including working toward policies to lower taxes, and efforts to strengthen education and initiatives to encourage entrepreneurship. Each diplomat signs on for three years.

The diplomats connect with business leaders in other states and promote the virtues of doing business in Nebraska. One recent success was the Bell Lumber & Pole manufacturing plant and logistics center that opened in Sidney in March. The company manufactures wooden poles for utilities and currently has 36 full-time employees.

Source: Omaha World-Herald

Source: Bell Lumber & Pole

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