Destination: Lincoln/ Omaha Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Karen Misuraca
April 30, 2012
The hidden assets of the Upper Midwest are not so hidden these days, as Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas are outpacing the economic growth of the rest of the nation. Clustered conveniently near international hub airports and with a location in the middle of the country, the main cities are catering to the meetings market by expanding and opening brand-new sports arenas, convention centers and hotels, even as other parts of the nation are mired in commercial slowdowns.
Learn about Lincoln/ Omaha for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Lincoln is another of the Midwest’s most affordable, accessible and user-friendly cities for meetings and events. Regional planners have long known that it’s only a day’s drive or short flight from Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis and Des Moines. Plus, Lincoln provides both big-city amenities and inventive back-to-nature programs for attendees interested in eco-tourism options.
Once home to the eastern terminus of the first transcontinental railroad, Omaha continues to thrive as Nebraska’s largest city, and is home to many leading corporations. Situated on the western bank of the Missouri River, the city is undergoing a revival that’s in full swing, with a park, footpaths and a new pedestrian bridge. Beyond the city’s renowned zoo, history abounds with a downtown restoration that shows off the influences of Greek, Russian, Czech, Polish and Latino immigrant communities.