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Services for Communities


OPPD's Roberta Pinkerton with community leadersOmaha Public Power District's Economic Development team assists communities with economic development in a number of areas, including business recruitment, retention and expansion, industrial site evaluation, marketing, and strategic planning. Our partnership can provide guidance in creating a realistic vision for your community while offering motivation to identify resources and complete projects.


There are core areas on which a community’s economic and community development efforts should be built.

The Nebraska Diplomats recognized there was a minimum level of preparedness needed in order for all Nebraska communities to be successful. This recognition led to the creation of the Nebraska Certified Communities Program, of which OPPD is a supporter. For detailed information on the program, please visit the Nebraska Diplomats, Inc. website at .

Economic Development provides the following services in conjunction with the Nebraska Diplomats Certified Communities Program:

Leadership Development

The Economic Development team can help you identify potential leaders in your community, provide education and support for new and existing leaders, and furnish access to training for leadership development.

Community Needs Assessment

Every community and organization needs to consider its future. Through surveys and town hall meetings, we can help you identify and prioritize major issues.


Whether your organization is an economic development corporation, chamber of commerce or commercial club, goal-setting clarifies your vision of the future while determining the appropriate path toward achievement.

Committee Formation

We can help you develop plans of action, form committees and get organized for future development and growth.

Resource Identification

OPPD can provide the links to finding the right resources to assist you in achieving your goals.

Business Retention/Expansion

OPPD can help develop a program to improve communication with existing area businesses and provide the services these organizations need to survive and thrive.

Downtown Revitalization

OPPD can meet with your downtown stakeholders and discuss the potential for future growth and business development in your downtown area.

Business Recruitment

Let OPPD help you prepare the materials you need to attract new business: community profiles, available industrial building and industrial site flyers and fact books about your community. OPPD's Economic Development team can provide cooperative marketing, target specific compatible industries, develop direct mail campaigns, conduct labor surveys and do project feasibility studies. OPPD can also help you prepare for a prospect visit by developing a local action team and coordinating mock prospect visits.

Industrial Site Evaluation

OPPD can assist in evaluating prospective industrial sites based on existing infrastructure and identify the improvements necessary to make the sites marketable to prospective businesses.

Workforce Development

Availability of labor is a key determinant of new business location and expansion. Developing promotional campaigns to recruit new residents, alumni or additional workers can be important to your community's future.

Tourism Development

Let our Economic Development team help you explore the possibilities of expanding tourism in your area.

Analysis of Housing Needs

OPPD can offer assistance in analyzing existing housing stock, determining the need for additional housing and locating the resources to help make new development a reality.

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