Forbes magazine has once again recognized Lincoln as one of the top communities for business and careers.
Lincoln was ranked No. 5 out of the largest 200 metropolitan areas in the U.S. on the 2009 list. First on this year’s list was Raleigh, N.C. Other communities in the top five included Fort Collins, Colo.; Durham, N.C.; and Fayetteville, Ark.
Lincoln ranked in the Top 25 among the metro areas in the cost of doing business, educational attainment and job growth projected.
“This ranking continues to prove our message, Lincoln is great place for business,” said Wendy Birdsall, President of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. “We have tremendous opportunities over the next years. We will be working closely with our economic development partners to take advantage of those opportunities and help raise the standard of living for Lincoln area residents.”
In particular, the Chamber staff pointed to cost of doing business and educational attainment as critical for the future of economic development in Nebraska.
“We have a number of surveys that point to our low costs for key target industries as being a major advantage for the state,” said Jason Smith, Vice President of Economic Development. “And skilled workers will be a key driver in corporate expansion in the future. Those two items make Nebraska and Lincoln serious players in economic development in the 21st Century.”
Other communities in the Top 10 included: Asheville, N.C.; Des Moines, Iowa; Austin; Boise, Idaho; and Colorado Springs. The only other Nebraska city ranked was Omaha which was ranked 35.
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