Plattsmouth, Nebraska Economic Development Marketing Plan Key by IanKnott


									                  Plattsmouth, Nebraska Economic Development
                                     Marketing Plan
Key Elements of the Plan

  •   Implement a proactive economic development strategy
  •   Communicate and collaborate with interested stakeholders across the county
  •   Develop an inventory of existing assets in Cass County
  •   Retain and expand the businesses and talent currently in the county
  •   Market our county’s unique assets regionally and nationally
  •   Recruit new business and employment opportunities to Cass County
  •   Identify infrastructure needs and prioritize transportation corridors for development and
  •   Develop partnerships with regional and state economic development organizations
  •   Coordinate a regional economic development effort
  •   Take advantage of national and international opportunities that match our assets with the
      needs of businesses and individuals likely to relocate
The City of Plattsmouth is in the unique position to capitalize on current and near future
infrastructure and development opportunities. These include:

       •   U.S. Highway 73/75 with future four-lane expansion
       •   U.S. Highway 34 Missouri River bridge
       •   Offutt Air force Base
       •   Offutt Air Force Base Nebraska National Guard Armory
       •   Separation of combined sanitary and storm sewers
In addition, Plattsmouth has long standing assets to build upon, including:

       •   Main Street, with a large collection of classic commercial Italianate construction in
           good condition
       •   Downtown streetscape and redevelopment planning underway
       •   Greenfield residential and commercial opportunities
       •   Rail access
       •   Proximity to recreation
       •   Airport
Plattsmouth’s location on the outer edges of the Omaha metropolitan area and easy access to that
metro area, yet a small town community with its own unique quality of life, strong
neighborhoods, and the Platte and Missouri Rivers are strengths that form the foundation of an
economic development plan.

Our Key Competitive Assets

   •   Missouri and Platte River Access
   •   An Historic Downtown
   •   Proximity to transportation corridors of I-80, I-29, U.S. Hwys 75 and 34, Nebraska Hwys
       66 and 1, Missouri River, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific Railroads
   •   Plattsmouth Airport with a 5,500 foot long by 100 foot wide paved and lighted runway; T
       hangars, automated weather observation system, and 24-hour fuel service.

   •   Our central regional location
   •   Excellent City parks
   •   A safe community
   •   Abundant water and natural resources
   •   High quality school systems
   •   A labor force which draws upon the entire Omaha metropolitan area

   •   Sites zoned for industrial development opportunities

Plattsmouth’s Fourmile Industrial Park
Currently zoned industrial, Plattsmouth has 63.1 acres near the intersection of U.S. Hwy 75 and
East Wiles Road available for new industrial activity. Electricity service is provided by
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) via a 69kV sub-transmission system. Natural gas is
provided by Black Hills Energy. City water is available on site via a 12 inch looped line.
Highway 75 is a four seasons road with very good access year round. There are no existing
weight limits restricting truck traffic. Water and sewer extensions will be made sufficient to meet
new activity. Telecommunications providers include Charter Communications, Jag Wireless,
Windstream, Level 3, PinPoint, Time Warner Cable, and Sprint.
Located within Fourmile Industrial is a 10,500 sf. industrial building with five business bays,
each with large overhead doors and 1,750 sf. inside space, available for lease.
Additional industrial sites in buildings ranging from 10,000 to 15,000 sf. are occasionally
available in the City’s industrial park located on the south edge of Plattsmouth, adjacent to South
15th Street .
For more detailed information on Fourmile Industrial and other sites in the Plattsmouth area,
click on this link:

Available Work Force
Plattsmouth, within Cass County, is part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical
Area (MSA). Total labor force for Cass County is 14,320 and for the Omaha-Council Bluffs
MSA is 450,626.
For detailed information regarding total potential labor supply, labor potential, and other work
force information, check our web site at and follow links to Economic
Development, Plattsmouth Facts Book, Plattsmouth Trend Study, and Plattsmouth

Targeted Business Attraction
Our key location along highway and rail transportation corridors, surrounded by
telecommunications providers, and with easy access to either our local airport or Omaha’s airport
only 20 minutes away, provide unique opportunities to target and attract a broad range of
industrial and business activities. Our key targets include:

   •   General and light industry and manufacturing
   •   Data centers and call/service centers
   •   Transportation and warehousing industry/facilities
   •   Wind generation equipment/component manufacturing and repair
   •   Professional services
   •   Research and Development facilities
   •   Tourism related activities

Financial Incentives
Plattsmouth has Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) reuse funds and local economic
development funds available for uses consistent with the City’s Economic Development Plan.
According to the Plan, businesses eligible for funding are any corporation, partnership, limited
liability company or sole proprietorship, which derives its principal source of income from any
of the following:

    •   The manufacture of articles or commerce
    •   The conduct of research and development
    •   The processing, storage, transport, or sale of goods or commodities which are sold or
        traded in interstate commerce
    •   Tourism related activities
    •   Telecommunications activities
    •   Headquarters facilities relating to eligible activities as listed within the plan.
Other permitted uses include infrastructure necessary to support eligible activities and marketing
consistent with the plan.
Plattsmouth has previously used tax increment financing (TIF) and will consider TIF as a viable
option for development and redevelopment projects meeting the intended use of TIF, e.g.,
substandard and blighted.

For further information regarding local incentives, contact:
        Erv Portis
        Plattsmouth City Administrator
        136 North 5th Street
        Plattsmouth, NE 68048
        (402) 296 2522 ext 302 or 
The Collective Strength of Our Regional Economic Development Partners
Plattsmouth has designated the Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council
(CCNEDC) as its lead economic development entity. In 2008, CCNEDC’s Board of Directors
established a formal economic development relationship with the Greater Omaha Economic
Development Partnership, which includes Washington County’s Gateway Corporation; Sarpy
County Economic Development Council; and the Greater Omaha Chamber Economic
Development Division.

Contact info:
Greater Omaha:
Sarpy County EDC:
Gateway Corp (Washington County)
Plattsmouth also maintains a close economic development relationship with its economic
development partners in the southeast Nebraska region, particularly the River Country Economic
Development Council, located in Nebraska City.

River Country EDC contact

The Economic Development divisions of our utility partners, especially Nebraska Public Power
District and Black Hills Energy, provide strength in business recruitment, attraction and

NPPD contact

Black Hills Energy contact
Plattsmouth contracts with the Southeast Nebraska Development District (Sendd) for community
development support activities. Our local Sendd representative is:

       Dave Taladay 
       Southeast Nebraska Development District Programs Manager 
       2631 O Street 
       Lincoln, NE  68510 
       (402) 475 2560 or 

Being responsive to and partnering with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development is
an important component of our current and future economic development success.

Nebraska Department of Economic Development (NEDED) contact 
NEDED’s Southeast Nebraska contact staff member is:
       Whitney Bumgarner, Development Consultant Southeast Region
       Office: (402) 471-6281 Cell: (402) 326-4907
Community Development is an Important Element of Economic Development
Living in Plattsmouth provides a quality of life second to none. In our small town atmosphere,
our strengths include quality parks, an excellent public library, a safe community, and a wide
range of quality housing opportunities.
In 2008, Plattsmouth completed construction on a $1.8 million addition to the Fire and Rescue
Department. We also opened a 46,000 square foot, $5.7 million senior and community center
through which we provide programming for the entire life cycle. Our doors now open more than
12,000 times per week for seniors, infants, toddlers, children, young adults and adults
participating in everything ranging from meals for seniors to high-energy aerobics, dance and
other fitness activities.

Main Street Plattsmouth and its surrounding neighborhoods contain more well-preserved historic
architecture than can be found in any community our size throughout the region. Main Street’s
shop owners invite visitors to enjoy a relaxing and friendly day in the unique Main Street
atmosphere of our hometown.

Annual tourism events and activities include:
•   Chamber of Commerce Retail Promotion
•   Art in the Yard/Parmele House Bed and Breakfast
•   Queen Victoria Birthday Party Tea
•   Plattsmouth Garden Club’s Biennial Garden Walk
•   Motorcycles on Main
•   Chautauqua—American in the Thirties (2009)
•   Cruizin’ Main
•   Halloween Parade on Main Street
•   Plattsmouth Conservancy Victorian Ghost Walk
•   Annual Korn Karnival
•   Plattsmouth Hometown Holidays
•   Victorian Holiday Historical Home Tour
•   Victorian Christmas Luncheon
•   Cass County Historical Society Exhibits

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