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Report to Nebraska Department of Economic Development, 1982

Sponsored by: Technical Assistance Project, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.


"This technical assistance project was accomplished under a grant with the Economic Development Administration. The statements, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and other data in this report are solely those of the grantee and/or its consultants and do not necessarily reflect the views of the E.D.A. The material is the result of tax-supported research and as such is not copyrightable. It may be freely reprinted with the customary crediting of the source."


The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has as its general purpose the "planning, promotion and development of the state's economy and t?e development of the state's human, natural and physical resources." The Department's Division of Industrial Development (lDD) , assisted by the Division of Research, which provides research and information support, is primarily responsible for stimulating new job opportunities and assisting with the development of new and existing industry. (The identification of target industries and target areas for industrial development programs is one of the activities undertaken by the Research Division.) With a view to expanding its industrial marketing efforts and to ensuring that the efforts would be consistent with the state's assets and potential opportunities, the Department, with assistance from a grant from the U. S. Economic Development Administration, asked Arthur D. Little to:

• Evaluate Nebraska's geographic assets and liabilities and its business climate as they affect the potential for industrial development.

• Identify types of industries and industry groups toward which industrial development efforts should be targeted.

• Evaluate IDD's marketing and assistance programs.

The results of each task are the subject of separate reports.