Grand Island, Nebraska is committed to growth. As such, in 2014 the business community, in concert with city and county government, undertook a strategic planning process. This resident-driven, inclusive effort resulted in the development of a collaborative and comprehensive approach to business and community growth and progress.

With the input of thousands, five pillars - the foundation of Grand Island's approach to growth and the foundation of our Grow Grand Island initiative - were identified (Existing Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Image, Workforce, Community Assets). Intersecting these five pillars is the glue that holds the community's pillars together - collaborative, cooperative and effective partnerships.


These five areas all support target business sector development; rather than a distinct set of recommendations for individual target sectors, this strategy acknowledges the simple fact that many strategic recommendations can and should influence the competitiveness of multiple sectors.






Maintain a business climate that supports the growth of existing business in Grand Island.

Develop and enhance community assets - infrastructure, facilities, amenities, etc. - that appeal to existing and prospective new businesses and workers.

Enhance the community's image and marketing activities to support business and talent attraction.

Provide entrepreneurs with necessary assistance and nurture an entrepreneurial culture.

Promote workforce sustainability through educational attainment and skills acquisition that align with employer needs.