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.


Mission: To cultivate bold ideas that create business and quality of life opportunities in our region through planning, partnering and doing.

Grand Island was accepted into the Livable Community Network in December 2018. As a member in good standing, we are committed to ensuring age and ability are part of our strategic planning process.  We are also obligated to a 5-year strategic plan that addresses these Livablie Community issues:  1) Health Services, 2) Transportation, 3) Housing, 4) Civic Engagement, and 5) Outdoor Spaces & Places.


More information about the Livable Community Network can be found here.






Grow Grand Island functions as an area partnership.  Collectively and collaboratively, we pursue the program of work to make an impact on:

  • Business growth and job creation.
  • Skilled & sustainable workforce pipeline.
  • Talent & visitor attraction.
  • Elevating the standard of living for residents
  • Increasing engagement and collaboration.‚Äč

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.