Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha. We Don’t Coast. We Embrace, Cultivate and Flourish.

Omaha was founded in 1854 and is the largest city in the state of Nebraska. Companies, tiny to titan, flourish here – from the neighborhood mom & pop to the Fortune 500’s known around the world. We embrace entrepreneurs, cultivate innovation and let imagination run free.


Currently the 42nd largest city in the United States, the metropolitan area is home to over 800,000 people who welcome visitors with open arms and authentic Midwestern hospitality. There are nearly 1.3 million residents within a 50-mile (80 km) radius of the city’s center, forming the Greater Omaha area.


The city’s geography, with its proximity to the river was a factor in making Omaha the “Gateway of the West” from which thousands of settlers traveled into the American West during the 19th century. Much of Omaha is built in the Missouri River Valley. The city has a total area of 118.9 square miles (307.9 km).


Geographically, Omaha is considered as being located in the “Heartland” of the United States. Omaha is situated in the Midwestern United States on the shore of the Missouri River in eastern Nebraska, and about 10 miles (15 km) north of the mouth of the Platte River.

Business Environment

Omaha is the home to the headquarters of five Fortune 500 companies: packaged-food giant ConAgra Foods; the U.S.’s largest railroad operator, Union Pacific Corporation; insurance and financial firm Mutual of Omaha; one of the world’s largest construction companies, Kiewit Corporation; and mega-conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire Hathaway is headed by local investor Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in the world, according to a decade’s worth of Forbes Magazine rankings, some of which have ranked him as high as No. 1. Omaha is also the home to five Fortune 1000 headquarters: TD Ameritrade, West Corporation, Valmont Industries, Green Plains Renewable Energy and Werner Enterprises. First National Bank of Omaha is the largest privately held bank in the United States. Headquarters for Leo A Daly; HDR, Inc.; and DLR Group, three of the US’s largest 10 architecture/engineering firms, are based in Omaha. The Gallup Organization, of Gallup Poll fame, also is based in Omaha, with its riverfront Gallup University.

Top 10 Companies

Berkshire Hathaway
Union Pacific
ConAgra Foods
Peter Kiewit Sons’
Mutual of Omaha
Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc.
Valmont Industries, Inc.,
TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation
West Corporation
Werner Enterprises, Inc.

Did you know?

Omaha continues to attract businesses from a variety of growing industries, and it’s no wonder. The six-county region offers many qualities key to economic success, including: a solid, hard-working and educated workforce; available commercial real estate in a variety of specifications and locations; lower costs and available incentives for business; and a decidedly pro-business environment.

Global Attraction

Our region provides an ideal central location for U.S. operations. As these international organizations – from importers and exporters to the headquarters of global operations – grow and succeed, it contributes to our overall growth and development.

Foreign-owned businesses in our region employ more than 19,000 workers and create more than $5 billion in new yearly revenue. Over the past four years exports have increased to $7.4 billion, excluding exports of components that are added to products and service exports.

Exports include:

Food and Agricultural Products Fabricated Metal Products; Nesoi
Machinery; except Electrical Leather & Allied Products
Chemicals Electrical Equipment; Appliances & Components
Transportation Equipment Beverages & Tobacco Products
Oil & Gas Plastics & Rubber Products
Computer and Electronic Products


For more information, visit the Omaha Chamber of Commerce website.

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