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Seward, Nebraska              

Date generated: 8/23/2017


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Seward, Nebraska

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  Seward,the county seat of Seward County, is located in southeastern Nebraska. Seward is served by U.S. Highway 34 and Nebraska Highway 15. Interstate 80 is five miles south of Seward. Seward is 30 miles west of Lincoln and 77 miles southwest of Omaha.

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General:
Last CensusCurrent Year%
2010
2016
    Change
Seward.......6,9647,2193.7%
Seward County .......16,48117,2844.9%
Labor Market Population1.......370,224395,0596.7%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2017. City populations estimated to be released July 2017.

County Age Distribution (2016) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 2,595 780 1,868 2,202 814 579 8,838 51.1 %
Female...... 2,327 649 1,758 2,127 798 787 8,446 48.9 %

Total: 4,922 1,429 3,626 4,329 1,612 1,366

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 38.2 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2017.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey


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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 116
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 10
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $110
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $650
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $425
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $95,000

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Nebraska
State
(2014)
Seward
County
(2015)
Area
Labor Force
(2015)1
Labor Force.....1,020,9138,632208,329    
Total Employment.....980,6688,886214,045    
Unemployment.....40,2482545,716    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.9%2.7%    

1) Area labor force and employment data are for the county plus the contiguous counties.
For further information regarding underemployment in the area, please contact NPPD at (877) 275-6773.
Source: Year end 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Online Data, Released 6/2016.

Wages: Sample of hourly wage rates in manufacturing occupations (production and/or clerical).
Job Title 10th
Percentile
Median 90th
Percentile
Accountants and Auditors$18.69$27.25$46.43
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$9.61$13.76$19.02
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$12.30$18.95$28.21
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$10.26$16.98$25.10
Civil Engineers$24.43$38.32$56.57
Computer Operators$12.97$19.04$29.11
Computer Programmers$18.57$34.83$49.93
Computer Systems Analysts$20.17$28.51$46.46
Customer Service Representatives$10.20$14.41$23.67
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$13.28$20.61$24.28
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$14.59$19.57$24.38
Data Entry Keyers$12.16$15.17$19.48
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$9.34$19.02$24.74
Driver/Sales Workers$9.34$10.24$17.34
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$17.89$26.39$35.70
Electrical Engineers$31.37$43.45$61.02
Electricians$14.69$23.66$32.96
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$12.19$14.96$19.98
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$13.74$19.41$30.65
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$9.36$10.47$14.27
Industrial Engineers$28.55$39.56$52.17
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$17.39$24.46$32.58
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$12.36$18.02$24.89
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$9.51$13.33$20.07
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$15.73$21.22$24.71
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$9.56$13.79$26.71
Machinists$14.44$21.42$27.59
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$17.37$27.61$36.84
Mechanical Engineers$25.56$36.77$55.31
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$19.76$26.87$35.43
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators$13.85$20.46$24.11
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators$15.44$20.50$24.10
Nursing Assistants$10.10$12.37$16.16
Office Clerks, General$9.33$12.16$20.01
Orderlies$9.60$11.44$14.92
Packers and Packagers, Hand$9.38$10.80$14.72
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.36$12.43$17.95
Registered Nurses$21.32$28.15$37.81
Retail Salespersons$9.16$10.58$20.13
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$11.31$16.80$23.50
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$12.61$16.66$23.33
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$9.41$11.34$16.97
Telemarketers$9.63$11.08$13.72
Tool and Die Makers$20.62$29.37$37.88
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$16.38$21.22$24.50
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$12.62$15.88$25.48

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, First Quarter 2017.



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Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
FederalStateCounty
INTERSTATE Hwys.....80
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....3415
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 805
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....

Motor Freight Carriers:
  More than 13,500 licensed motor carriers with worldwide connections are based in Nebraska and serve businesses throughout North America.

Nebraska Right in the Middle!

Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Destination
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Railroad
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....761-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....281-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....5411-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6263-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....4761-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....2201-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....14884-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....4521-3 days1-2 days
New York.....13144-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....4721-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Nebraska provides extensive highway and rail corridors to both coasts, plus access to the Gulf of Mexico from ports on the Missouri River. Many Midwestern cities are within 24 hours shipping time and no major city is more than four days by truck, or five days by rail. Nebraska manufacturers ship everything from auto parts to electronics throughout the world.

Air:
Distance to nearest public airport.....1 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,506 feet
Length of longest runway.....4,200 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....25 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 80
Kansas City International 203
Denver International 469

Scheduled air service is available at the Lincoln Airport, 25 miles (25 minutes)east of Seward. The airport is utilized by both commercial and private aircraft and provides passenger, air express, and air freight services. There are 22 flights a day with non-stop service to four cities and connecting service worldwide. Lincoln provides daily direct flights to Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Denver. Rental cars and taxi service are available. Epply Airfield is approximately 85 miles east of Seward and is a regional airport serving the metro Omaha area and Nebraska's surronding states. Eppley Airfield does have daily direct flights to Denver, Chicago, Dallas, and Atlanta. The airfield has 16 jet carriers, two turbo prop carriers, and approximately 8 cargo carriers. There are 87 daily departures to 19 non-stop destinations including both coasts.

Barge:

The Missouri river, on Nebraska's eastern border, provides a water link to the gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, via the Great lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains a 9-foot deep, 300-foot wide channel for 735 navigable miles from Sioux City to the mouth of the Missouri River near St. Louis. The river is navigable approximately eight months of the year. It is free flowing with no locks or dams.

Rail:
Community Served by Railroad.....Yes

Two major railroads serve Nebraska-Union Pacific and BNSF Railway Company. Thirteen freight railroads operate more than 3,600 miles of track throughout the state. No major city in the United States is more than five days by rail from Nebraska. Amtrak provides passenger service in Nebraska with stops in five communities.


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Electricity:

 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: City of Seward
  phone - (402) 643-2928
  website - www.cityofsewardne.com

Wholesale Supplier: Nebraska Public Power District
  phone - Econ Dev: (402) 563-5534 or 24-Hours: 877-275-6773
  website - www.nppd.com
  email -econdev@nppd.com
  comments -
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), the state's largest electric utility, has a diverse mix of generation, including nuclear, coal, hydro, gas and oil, and wind. NPPD delivers power to approximately 1 million Nebraskans and has ample capacity to meet the needs of new loads. Nebraska's electric costs are among the lowest in the nation. NPPD's professional Economic Development Team is available to assist with expansion and retention of existing business and new business locations. Contact the Economic Development Team by emailing econdev@nppd.com or by calling (402) 563-5534. Further information can be found online @ econdev.nppd.com. Utility information can be found @ www.nppd.com.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....Black Hills Energy

Water:
Provider.....city
Major Source.....9
If Wells, Average Depth.....130 feet
Rated Capacity.....600.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....573.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....2.000 mgd
Storage Capacity.....950,000 gallons
Hardness.....230 ppm
Treated.....No
Temperature Range.....520 (degrees Fahrenheit)

Three Well Fields

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....city
Type of Service.....sanitary sewer
Rated Capacity.....1.010 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.760 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.800 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

Telecommunications:
Name of Local Service Provider.....Alltel Communications
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....1



top of page TAX STRUCTURE

Actual Valuation of City: $264,982,311 (year 2004)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2004
City.......$0.3399220
County.......$0.3102750
School.......$1.2180270
Total Real Property.......$1.8682240

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2004
General Obligation.........$8,280,000.00
Revenue.........$6,590,000.00
School.........$6,180,000.00



top of page MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government..... mayor/council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2001 (year)
City Manager..... Yes
City Engineer..... No
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... Private
Public Library in City..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 94 %
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 48
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 10
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 48


top of page EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
 
Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 13891:15
Middle / Jr. High 13511:13
Senior High 15311:13
Trade & Tech Schools 19,672
 
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 2344
Colleges 11,317


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top of page RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
 
Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Private Golf Course(s).....1
Public Tennis Court(s).....8
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....14
Public Camp Ground(s).....2
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....20 mile(s)
Camping.....Yes
Swimming.....Yes
Fishing.....Yes
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes


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Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....5
Veterinarian(s).....2

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Machine Shops in City.......3
Tool & Die Services in City.......1
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......1

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly
Local Radio Station(s).......0

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......7
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......200

Number of Protestant Churches.......15
Number of Catholic Churches.......1

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......3
Total Number of Rooms Available.......68

Number of Banks in City.......3Assets: $280,609,493

Chamber of Commerce.......Yes
Chamber Executive is Full-Time.......Yes


top of page LOCAL MANUFACTURING CHARACTERISTICS
Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....11
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....1
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....713


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Leading Employers in Community:



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Our Community: Seward is a thriving community where your business will grow. Seward County employers cite the Midwest work ethic and access to a population of almost a half million as strengths of their location. With only a 20 minute drive to downtown Lincoln, population 240,000, Seward County provides a metropolitan feel with cost of living and quality of life advantages. Your business will grow in Seward County, but so can leadership skills, cultural experience, spiritual identity and historic knowledge. Seward County residence provides a plethora of opportunities for varied interests. Seward Countyís diverse cultural and entertainment amenities are a result of influence from and access to nearby Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. The youthful presence found in Seward, as in most college towns, is in part due to Concordia University and Southeast Community College. In downtown Seward, dining and retail surround the Courthouse Square. The beautiful, historic courthouse remains Seward County governmentís home. Seward hosts a July 4th celebration that attracts over 30,000 visitors each summer. Farmerís Market vendors sell fresh produce twice a week during the summer months on the downtown Square. An outdoor concert arena, two art galleries, sporting events and activities hosted by multiple civic organizations are available throughout the year. Nearby towns host annual events such as a community melodrama and ethnic food festivals. For more information on benefits of a Seward County location for your business, please contact Seward County Economic Development. We look forward to providing data and assistance.

Suggested Sites:
Seward County Economic Development @ www.SewardCountyED.com
Seward Area Development Corp site @ www.sewardne.com
Seward County Labor Study (PDF, 2010) @ sites.nppd.com/studypdfs/labor/SewardLaborStudy2010.pdf
Seward Regional Website @ www.sewardregional.com
 
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Local
Development
Contact:
Brett R. Baker
City of Seward
537 Main Street
POB 38
Seward, NE 68434-0038
Phone:(402) 430-3199
Email: citymanagerbrb@gmail.com
Website: www.cityofsewardne.com
  
 
State Contacts:Courtney Dentlinger
Economic Development Director
Neb. Dept. of Economic Development
PO Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-3125 or
(800) 426-6505
Email:
courtney.dentlinger@nebraska.gov
Website: www.NebraskaAdvantage.org
 Mary Plettner, Economic Development Manager
Nebraska Public Power District
PO Box 499
1414 15th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: (402) 563-5534 or (877) 275-6773
Fax: (402) 563-5090
Email: econdev@nppd.com
Website: econdev.nppd.com

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