Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad recently announced that Advance Southwest Iowa has joined the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership, which was developed more than 20 years ago by the Greater Omaha Chamber. The business community and elected leaders joined in commemorating the formation of the two-state, regional economic development organization, an unprecedented collaboration between southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Advance Southwest Iowa, a recently established public-private partnership of the City of Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, Iowa West Foundation, Pottawattamie County and the Western Iowa Development Association, formally joined the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership on January 9, 2014.
The Partnership now embraces an innovative two-state, regional approach to economic development, increasing jobs and investment in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa by providing a full range of economic development services. Working across state lines, the Partnership brings together the economic development organizations of the Chamber and the City of Omaha (Douglas County), Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation (City of Council Bluffs/Pottawattamie County), Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council, Gateway Development Corporation (Washington County), Greater Fremont Development Council (Dodge County) and Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation. The combined organizations are co-located within the Greater Omaha Chamber at 1301 Harney Street in Omaha. For more information about Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership, please call (402) 346-5000 or visit their website at www.SelectGreaterOmaha.com.