Small Nebraska Town Rejects

Tiny Nebraska Town Says No to 1,100 Jobs, Citing Way of Life

Regional economic development officials thought it was the perfect spot for a chicken processing plant that would liven up the 400-person town with 1,100 jobs, more than it had ever seen. When plans leaked out, though, there was no celebration, only furious opposition that culminated in residents packing the fire hall to complain the roads couldn’t handle the truck traffic, the stench from the plant would be unbearable and immigrants and out-of-towners would flood the area, overwhelming schools and changing the town’s character.

Interesting perspective here. The people chose how they want their town to be, and rejected the business. Sounds like a smart move in that the plant would employ over two times the amount of people residing on the town – which means immigrants would relocate to that area. Growth is good, but large growth in a short period of time can cause unintended consequences.

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