Rural Nebraska Initiatives
Greater Nebraska communities are not one geographical unit but a colorful mosaic of different landscapes, people, and economic realities from which our entire state benefits. Each rural community and region comprising that mosaic has its own opportunities and challenges.
Greater Nebraska communities are not one geographical unit but a colorful mosaic of different landscapes, people, and economic realities from which our entire state benefits. Each rural community and region comprising that mosaic has its own opportunities and challenges. 

HIBA’s Rural Nebraska Initiatives aims to support each of these communities as they create winning strategies for economic development, thus strengthening and making the beautiful picture and story of the state of Nebraska more vibrant.

HIBA’s Rural Nebraska Initiatives include:

Strengthen our Agricultural Industry 

HIBA is driving policy that supports the pinnacle driver of rural communities—our agricultural industry—through increased market access, strengthening supply chains, promoting innovation, and reducing regulation.

Improve the Workforce

HIBA is encouraging policy that improves the workforce in our rural communities and the state of Nebraska and partnering with state and local agencies and organizations that:

• Provide education and skills training necessary for a competitive talent force

 Encourage communities to attract and retain young professionals, and skilled labor

 Promote affordable workforce housing

 Address quality early childhood development and childcare capacity issues

 Improve access to quality and affordable healthcare

 Foster vibrant communities and high quality of life for all Nebraskans

Promote Rural Communities

HIBA promotes healthy and resilient Rural Economic Service Hub Communities (i.e., Scottsbluff/Gering, North Platte, Kearney, Hastings, Grand Island, Norfolk, Columbus, etc.) while advocating for our small cities and incorporated and unincorporated villages.

Connect Rural Nebraska with Resources

HIBA connects Nebraska’s rural communities and businesses to the larger economic development ecosystem and its resources.

 Information, data, and educational resources

 Financial programs and funding resources

 Collaborative partners in the Economic Development Network

HIBA’s Rural Nebraska Initiatives help communities become more competitive for economic development projects and help those communities identify new strategies for attracting jobs and investment. HIBA works diligently to advance these strategies, improving the quality of life for all people throughout Greater Nebraska.