Spread across the border between the Great Plains and Midwestern portions of the country, Nebraska provides a beautiful, treeless prairie with a number of small spread-out communities. The largest cities in the state, Omaha and Lincoln, have experienced the greatest recent growth and boast a number of new high-tech energy efficient suburban neighborhoods with easy city access.
Nebraska's largest city, Omaha has been recognized as one of the best cities in the country ranking as Forbes Magazine's top "Best Bang for The Buck City" in 2009 and has also been listed as "America's Fastest Recovering Cities." Additionally, the booming city offers a number of cultural activities including rich theater arts organizations, an array of historical sites and museums, a number of music festivals and venues and a premier zoo. The second most populous city and capital, Lincoln, is situated in the southeast of the state and houses the University of Nebraska. The area also offers a number of arts and culture opportunities as well as a rich parks and recreation infrastructure that extends to surrounding smaller communities. Individuals can hike trails, horseback ride and learn about Native American Culture. Communities throughout the state offer substantial recreational activities and affordable living.
The sweeping plains of Nebraska make it an excellent location for agricultural development and the state is a significant producer of soybeans, sorghum, corn, beef, and pork. The state also home to a number of other corporations focused on manufacturing, information technology, and freight. A number of notable companies were established in the state, and it is the birthplace of Kool-Aid and CliffsNotes. Omaha has also become home to a number of notable companies including Berkshire Hathaway, Mutual of Omaha, ConAgra, TD Ameritrade, The Union Pacific Railroad, InfoUSA, and Valmont Industries. There are a number of other notable companies throughout the state, and Union Pacific's Baily Yard, which is the largest train yard in the world, is located in North Platte. Each region throughout the state contributes to its overall economic outlook.