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Omaha Area’s 2018 capital investment exceeded $1.4 billion

The Greater Omaha Chamber announced on Thursday that regional capital investment exceeded $1.4 billion in 2018, bolstered by economic development projects that included 33 new-to-market companies and business expansions.

The investment total includes capital investments, angel capital, new-to-market businesses and additional six-county accomplishments.

More than 101 startups, fueled by angel/venture capital investment in excess of $145 million, also contributed to 2018 achievements.

The investment totals can be found in the Greater Omaha Chamber’s annual report.

“Collaborative work is about the power of ‘we,’ about creating successful outcomes together,” said David G. Brown, president and CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber, adding “engaging partners to make a difference.”

Omaha was named the 2018 “Best New City for College Grads to Start Their Careers” by Zip Recruiter, and Fortune called it the No. 5 “City Where Employees are the Happiest.”

Additional annual report data indicated the region’s multi-partner REACH initiative, a multi-faceted program designed to connect small and emerging businesses with business education, technical assistance and capital, facilitated 26 startups; while the region’s largest two-state food incubator, Kitchen Council, launched, offering members access to a fully equipped commercial kitchen and a foothold in the new food economy.

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