Business Retention & Expansion Program – Nebraska Department of Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development’s Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program allows discussion with existing businesses in Nebraska through personal interviews that provide important information on the local and state business climate. At the State level, data on investments, technology, jobs, markets, and workforce is used to shape economic development policy and program alignment.


The Program’s Three-fold Purpose:

  • Identify key advantages and challenges to growth for existing businesses.

  • Recommend improvement strategies for businesses, educators, and economic development professionals.

  • Promote a platform for economic development professionals to record perceptions of business executives about the business climate.

Overall, the program assists with long-term planning, including identifying common issues and trends, strategic planning, and policy articulation. Economic developers use the data to enhance supply chains, evaluate current legislation, and actively gauge communities’ current status and levels of competitiveness.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Nebraska Business Issues
Primary Contact
Sheryl Hiatt
301 Centennial Mall South
4th Floor
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 340-6180