In the wake of the positive vote on the Lincoln Haymarket Arena, Mayor Chris Beutler today said the rest of the nation is already taking notice of the great business climate and quality of life in Lincoln. The Mayor handed out lists of high rankings by national organizations and cited three recent examples:
"These national rankings underscore that what I've been saying for quite some time now – that Lincoln is uniquely positioned to become a truly world-class City," Mayor Beutler said. "One of the keys is investment in the City core – the Antelope Valley Project, Innovation Campus, our downtown, and now the West Haymarket."
The Mayor made the remarks at a news conference at Turbine Flats, a center for small and start-up businesses at 2124 "Y" Street. One of its founders, Matthew Wegener, is on the leadership council of the Young Professionals Group, a supporter of the arena project. The Mayor noted a number of the rankings relate to younger workers, entrepreneurship and small businesses. And he said economic development professionals believe these kinds of national rankings do have an impact on attracting and retaining business and families.
"They do attract attention – attention that may cause someone to take a second look at our City especially in uncertain economic times," he said. "If they look a little deeper, they'll find out about our excellent education system. They'll learn that single-family building permits were up 40 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to last year – a great indicator that our economy is rebounding. The rankings also help give our City an identity beyond Husker football. And they confirm to City leaders and residents that we are on the right track."