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Economic Development

The North Platte Area Chamber & Development Corporation is here to help you with your business development needs in North Platte and Lincoln County. Our professional staff will work aggressively on your behalf whether you are new to our area, living here and ready to start a new business or looking to expand your existing business here. We have the experience and ability to help you with financial resources, government advocacy, buildings and building sites, labor training resources as well as the necessary economic and demographic statistics.

North Platte and Lincoln County are centrally located in both the state of Nebraska as well as within the United States. Our proximity to Interstate 80 and US highways 83 and 30 makes us an ideal location for the transportation, warehousing, and logistics industries. We are afforded easy access to major expanding markets such as Denver and the Front Range, Kansas City, Chicago, and Omaha. 

In addition, North Platte is served by Great Lakes Airlines with daily flights to Denver.

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Business Climate

With a population exceeding 36,000 within a 30-minute drive of the city—and 115,000 in the labor shed area—North Platte and Lincoln County constitute a community on the verge of big things. Our area's location, in the middle of the country, is more insulated from the economic extremes of the east and west coasts. Growth continues here and the atmosphere is optimistic about the future!

Regularly talking to our businesses is the best way to gain an understanding of our local business climate. We regularly participate in the Nebraska Department of Economic Development Nebraska Business Visitation Program. This program uses structured, 30-minute, confidential, person-to-person interviews with area businesses. The results are aggregated, summarized and made available to the public. We are currently working on the 2009 Business, Retention & Expansion Survey. In the meantime, we invite you to review the  2005 BRE Study.

For additional information regarding the current business climate please refer to the:  2013 Economic Development Trend Study

With a population now in excess of 24,000, North Platte continues to experience significant growth in new industry segments including: health and medical, education, retail, small manufacturing, electric supply, tourism and warehousing/distribution. All relevant economic indicators point to the continuted growth and success of our region. We encourage you to discover the opportunities available in our area.

To learn more about North Platte demographics, please visit the following links:



When housing needs were anticipated to meet the demands of incoming new residents to our area, a Housing Study was contracted with Hanna:Keelan Associates of Lincoln, Nebraska to identify those needs. Developers and contractors stepped up and gaps in housing were filled as a result of the study. For a copy of that study, please click on the following link.

 2010 Housing Study

The North Platte Chamber & Development is now working on an update of that study that was completed in 2005. It is anticipated that the new study will be available in early 2010.


Sites & Buildings

There is a wide range of available industrial properties in the North Platte Area. Available and affordable land combined with an attractive work force make locating your business in North Platte a smart move. Nebraska locations have proven profitable for a large number of manufacturing firms. We invite you to learn more about business opportunities in the North Platte, Nebraska area. Please contact us for further information. All contacts are confidential.

Gary Person, President/CEO
North Platte Area Chamber & Development Corporation
308-532-4966 Office – 308-249-0900 Mobile
E-mail: gary@nparea.com

Megan McGown, VP Economic Development
North Platte Area Chamber & Development Corporation
Office: 308-532-4966  Mobile: 308-250-1493
E-mail: megan@nparea.com



North Platte's location at the intersection of Interstate 80 and US Highway 83, offers a tremendous locational advantage for transportation, distribution, and logistics services. North Platte and Nebraska's central location means that your product can get to your customers coast-to-coast faster and more efficiently.

Ground Transportation

Various truck lines provide daily interstate and intrastate service to the North Platte region with a minimum of 20 trucks in and out per day. Carriers with terminals in North Platte include: American Freightways, Brown Transfer, Nebraska Transport, Co., and Crete Carriers. Additional companies include: Consolidated Freight, US Dugan Transportation, and Yellow Freight.

Air Service

North Platte has excellent air service. The North Platte Regional Airport - Lee Bird Field, Great Lakes Airlines, and Trego/Dugan Aviation serve the needs of this busy central Nebraska community. For further information, please visit one of the following websites.

North Platte Regional Airport - Lee Bird Field

Trego/Dugan Aviation

Flight Schedule to Denver, Colorado (DIA)

Airport Specifications & Services:

Governing Body

- The North Platte Airport Authority


- 3.6 miles east of the City of North Platte

Road Access

- 1/8 mile off of US Highway 30
- 2 miles north of Interstate 80

Passenger Air Service

-Great Lakes Airline (operates Beechcraft 1900 Airliner) - Daily flights to Denver International Airport (DIA)


Keylime Air - United Parcel Service
Baron Aviation - Federal Express

FBO Aircraft Maintenance

Trego/Dugan Aviation

Aviation Fuel

Av Gas and Jet Fuel (Contract Fuel)

Car Rental

Alamo and National


8,000' x 150', gooved concrete, ILS, PAPI/VASI parallel taxiway, runway and taxiway lighting, approach lighting

Runway 17/35

4,926' x 100', asphalt, VOR, VASI, runway lighting

Aircraft Parking

Terminal apron, two FBO aprons

Vehicle Parking

Free short and long-term parking lots

Rail Access

Union Pacific - World's largest classification railroad yard is located 5 miles northwest of the airport, main line service 1/2 mile north


Trego/Dugan FBO - VHF frequency 123.0

Fire and Crash Resue

One fire truck (1500 gallons of water, 250 gallons of foam)
Airport Fire Station operational 6am-9pm Monday-Friday and 7am-6pm Sat. and Sun., North Platte Fire Department on call all other times

Weather Service

National Weather Forecast Office, located one block west of the terminal building


Lincoln Highway Diner - located in the terminal

Parcel Service

United Parcel Service and Federal Express offer daily air/ground overnight freight service directly to the North Platte Region. These carriers also offer staffed pick-up sites in the area for better customer service and late drop-offs.



2013 Labor Force and Wage and Benefits Survey

Our 2013 comprehensive Labor Availability Study was conducted by The University of Nebraska - Kearney. This independent study was based on feedback generated from household and local employers surveys. This study quantifies the fact that this region has a high level of underemployment. Our historically low unemployment rate as reported by the Department of Labor, does not reflect a high number of workers working multiple jobs to make ends meet. The survey indicates that there is a large pool of available workers for jobs that have good benefits and a living wage.

Additionally, the University included Wage and Benefit information gathered from area businesses. The results are included in the study.

For complete study results, click on the link below:

 2013 Labor Force and Wage and Benefits Survey

For additional labor force information, please visit the Nebraska Department of Labor, Workforce Development site.