Economic Development

Columbus Location

The District provides economic development services to Columbus and area communities in Boone, Colfax, Nance and Platte Counties and the City of Newman Grove in Madison County. Our core mission is the support of companies who ship products, services, information and knowledge to outside the four county area and return capital (revenues) back to the communities. Our services are grounded in three basic economic development principles.

Recruitment of New Companies On request, we can submit a formal proposal addressing company requirements for a new location. We submit approximately 15 formal proposals each year to companies looking to locate in or near Columbus. We maintain a current inventory of buildings and sites throughout the District.

Retention and Expansion of Current Companies We regularly meet with existing companies to identify needs and plans for growth. We partner with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraska Public Power District and Columbus entities providing retention services to local companies.

Technical Assistance to New and Growing Companies Growing companies often need specialized information to enhance sales and/or bring new products to market. We network with several outside public and private organizations to acquire information on request. Whether an entrepreneur just starting a new business or a company with several hundred employees, we take pride in meeting their growing business needs.

ED Contact:
David Bell, Co-Chair Columbus Economic Council,
V.P. of Development/Marketing
Loup River Public Power District
telephone 402-564-3171 x257
cell 402-910-8903
dbell@loup.com