Nebraska Revised Statute 13-3302
Legislative findings and declarations.
The Legislature finds and declares as follows:
(1) Nebraska is ideally situated as a potential industrial and logistical hub for multiple industries across the rest of the country. The state is home to major railroads and trucking firms, and is within a two-day drive to major cities on the east coast, west coast, Mexico, and Canada;
(2) Increasingly, major companies looking to locate their headquarters or expand operations seek large shovel-ready commercial and industrial sites, commonly referred to as mega sites;
(3) Nebraska currently lacks the economic development tools necessary to acquire and develop large shovel-ready commercial and industrial sites, and the creation of one or more inland port authorities in Nebraska could serve as a mechanism to develop such sites; and
(4) In addition to the development of large shovel-ready commercial and industrial sites, the creation of one or more inland port authorities could serve as a regional merging point for multi-modal transportation and distribution of goods to and from ports and other locations in other regions.