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Business and Industry

Cheyenne County’s history is strongly tied to business and industry. Whether through the railroad, gold rush, or oil and natural gas, Cheyenne County has always been at the helm of economic trends. That history has carried through to today, with Sidney and Cheyenne County still boasting a diverse and growing economy.

The heart of Sidney, its Downtown Main Street, is a growing force in Cheyenne County’s economy. Historic Downtown Sidney is a designated Heritage Nebraska Main Street community and became an accredited National Main Street® program in 2008. Historic Downtown Sidney is a nonprofit organization that uses the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Four Point Approach™. This approach uses Design, Organization, Economic Restructuring and Promotion in order to enhance the downtown area both socially and economically.

industrial development

Another highlight in Cheyenne County’s industrial development is the Sioux Meadows Industrial Park, just 10 miles northwest of Sidney on the I-80 corridor. In the past, this area has served as the Sioux Army Depot and later the Sidney Vocational Technical School and Western Nebraska Community College. Today, the park houses more than 100,000 square feet of commercial space used for housing, office space and warehousing with easy access to the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern rail lines. For more information about the park, visit

local business

For residents looking to create lucrative business connections, learn more about their community and its economy and improve upon their leadership skills, the Chamber of Commerce offers the Leadership Cheyenne County program. This 10-month program consists of eight learning days that focus on different aspects of the county, volunteer projects to better Cheyenne County, leadership skill development and much more. To learn more about the program, visit

2013 Labor Force Status (age 16+)
Labor Force: 5,756
Unemployed: 207
In Armed Forces: 5
Not In Labor Force: 2,129

2013 Employment by Occupation
Executive: 788
Professional: 3,504
Business & Financial Operations: 126
Computer & Mathematical: 23
Architecture & Engineering: 13
Life/Physical/Social Science: 8
Community & Social Services: 65
Protective Services: 75
Farm, Forestry & Fishing: 162
Legal: 12
Education/Training/Library: 289
Arts/Design/Entertainment/Sports/Media: 24
Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners: 133
Health Technologists/Technicians: 78
Healthcare Support: 85
Food Preparation/Serving: 315
Building & Grounds Maintenance: 157
Personal Care & Service: 144
Sales: 815
Office & Administrative Support: 1,045
Construction & Extraction: 331
Installation/Maintenance & Repair: 213
Production: 329
Transportation: 423
Material Moving: 145

2013 Employment by Industry
Agriculture: 102
Mining: 16
Construction: 147
Manufacturing: Durables & Non-Durables: 142
Transportation & Communications: 288
Trade – Wholesale: 493
Trade – Retail: 2,205
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate: 208
Business/Repair/Personal Services: 8
Public Administration: 466

Source: Nebraska Public Power District: Economic Development Department

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