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Enterprise Zones Maps for Applicants

Economic Distress is defined as areas that meet, or are in reasonable proximity to areas that meet, two of the three following criteria:

  1. Exceeds 200% of the state average unemployment. In 2015 the state average unemployment rate was 3%. Therefore proposed zones meeting this criterion must have an average of 6% or greater unemployment. This is the most significant condition in defining economic distress.
  2. An average poverty rate of 20% or greater. This is the second most significant condition in defining economic distress.
  3. An average loss of population of 10% or greater between the 2000 and 2010 US Census.

Additionally Enterprise Zones must be:

  • An area located within the political subdivision of the applicant.
  • One or more discrete areas not less than five miles apart and no greater than 16 square miles in total area.
  • A total area with a population of 250 or more.
  • An area outside of a Central Business District if located in a city with a population 100,000 or more.

An interactive map is available to assist applicants in determining which areas in their community would best qualify as an Enterprise Zone: Click here to view the map.

If you have questions regarding the eligibility of an area or need assistance with the interactive map, please contact Andrew Eckerson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Data Sources for Maps and Distress Criteria: 

U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Tables: B17021, B23025, B01003, authors calculations; generated using American FactFinder; http://factfinder2.census.gov; (Retrieved: February, 2017).

Longitudinal Tract Data Base; 2000-2010; 

http://www.s4.brown.edu/us2010/Researcher/Bridging.htm; (Retrieved: February, 2017) 

US Census tracts and Block group’s boundaries (TIGER) current as of January 1, 2016; 

(Retrieved: February, 2017).

Designated Enterprise Zones:

To see a depiction of the Nebraska Enterprise Zones designated toOtoe County, South Sioux City, and the City of Omaha, please visit the following interactive map at: http://opportunity.nebraska.gov/ezones

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