Bold Nebraska Launches “Made In the Neb” Online Hub and Interactive Map to Promote Nebraska’s Bold Businesses and Clean Energy Production

Participating businesses include local wind and solar installers and Nebraska farms, ranches, restaurants, bakeries, hardware stores, skateboard shops, and service providers

Lincoln, NE — Bold Nebraska on Tuesday launched “Made In the Neb,” a new web-based, interactive map project that highlights local businesses that support clean energy, local sustainable foods, and protecting our land and water.

View the “Made In the Neb” interactive map:

“Nebraska is home to bold businesses, family farms and citizens building their own clean energy,” said Jane Kleeb, Bold Alliance President. “We are a state that innovates and pioneers, it is in our DNA. The Made in the Neb map will connect the bold innovators with Nebraskans who want to support progressive and populist values with their dollars.”

“Bold Nebraska stood with us when our land and water were threatened by the Keystone XL pipeline. Together we constructed the Build Our Energy Barn, powered by wind and solar, to show the way to a better future through alternative energy. We’re proud to partner now with Bold on the Made in the Neb project to encourage consumers to support Bold businesses and small farmers and ranchers who believe in a clean-energy future for Nebraska.” —Meghan Hammond, Hammond Enterprises, Inc., Benedict, NE

“There is a lot of attention lately on what divides us. Made in the Neb, is an opportunity to stand together to support each other and our community for GOOD.” —Sheila Palmquist, Lincoln Yoga Center, Lincoln, NE

“Hawley Hamlet is excited to participate in Bold’s project to help spread the word about the importance of local food. Made in the Neb is providing exactly the kind of focus needed to rebuild our local foodshed. With climate change and the looming peril of food shortages, city dwellers need to know that they too can produce fresher, more nutritious produce for our families, friends, and communities. Homegrown is as fresh as you can get.”—Tim Rinne, Hawley Hamlet, Lincoln, NE

“Made in the Neb’s community of farmers, bakers, artists, and craft makers cultivate unique products and sustainable practices that keep our beautiful state interesting and thriving.” —Tara Burcher, Bella Skin Care and Massage Therapy, Lincoln, NE

The mission of “Made In the Neb” is to highlight small businesses, clean energy projects, and small farmers and ranchers in Nebraska who support five objectives that Bold is working toward to help make Nebraska a great place to live and work:

  • 40% clean energy: The smaller and more locally owned energy — like solar on rooftops and barns — the better. Right now Nebraska is roughly at 10% clean energy statewide, but Lincoln and Omaha are close to 40%.
  • Modernize state infrastructure in rural and urban towns: More bike paths, walkable cities, public transportation, parks and rural broadband.
  • Support family farmers and ranchers: Help more restaurants, schools, and hospitals use locally grown food; Local control of food systems and less Industrial Ag which often leads to abuse of workers, animals and the environment; we must also put an end to eminent domain for private gain so landowners have security over their property.
  • Protect our water: Ensure the Ogallala Aquifer is classified as a protected water source to safeguard our state’s most critical resource.
  • Ensure small businesses workforce and tax issues are a priority: Clear focus on health care costs; taxes and incentives that support small businesses while ensuring local schools have the resources needed from a fair tax base (i.e. stop tax handouts for big corporations).

These business owners are standing together to show that they proudly produce the best products and services while supporting clean energy and protecting our land and water resources.

Local small business owners who are interested in having their business added to the “Made In the Neb” map can fill out an application on the website.

Nebraskans are encouraged to explore the Made In the Neb map and visit the participating businesses, to enjoy shopping locally knowing their dollars are building a bold Nebraska!

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