Economic Development

One of the fastest growing cities in Nebraska for business and families.


The Nebraska Economic Development Certified Communities certification signals a community’s dedication, leadership, and vision for growing and attracting new jobs and people. This certification also better positions a community for economic development opportunities, shows a community is economic development ready, and it shows that a community is capable of marketing itself for business and industry development.

Available Sites in Lexington
Available Buildings in Lexington
Lexington Economic Development Application Form
Lexington Economic Dev. Workforce Housing Program
Lexington LB840 Plan (Workforce Housing)
Lexington Workforce Data, 20-40 Mile Radius
2021 Lexington Tourism Book
Lexington Redevelopment Areas (for TIF projects)

NEW! Micro-TIF (Tax Increment Financing)
Lexington Micro-TIF Flier
Lexington Micro-TIF Application
Improvement Statement (for County Assessor)


Business Attributes 

The City of Lexington is committed to work with businesses to produce long-lasting relationships with long-lasting benefits. Lexington’s diverse cultural makeup, strong work ethic, educated work force, and innovative leadership make it an excellent location for your company to grow and profit into the future. Please contact us to learn more about our outstanding business attributes including a high-quality, available labor force, outstanding transportation avenues, reliable and low-cost utilities, and incentives to locate your business in Nebraska. 

Economic Activity 

The basic economic activities of Lexington include manufacturing, retailing, meat processing, aquaculture, alfalfa dehydrating, cattle feeding, farming, ranching, and ethanol production. Tourism, enhanced by Lexington’s close proximity to Interstate 80 and the adjacent recreation areas at Johnson Lake, contributes to the area’s economic growth. There are more than 375 retail and 21 wholesale firms serving the needs of the community.


Lexington, the county seat of Dawson County, is located in south central Nebraska in the Platte River Valley. Transportation needs are served by U.S. Highways 30 and 283. Interstate 80 abuts the city to the south and the Union Pacific Railroad dissects the city with three main line rails connected to a nation-wide network. Coupled with Nebraska’s central location, many area firms take advantage of national shipping opportunities. 


Jim Kelly Field, named for long-time Lexington businessman and aviation enthusiast James Kelly, is located west of Lexington on Highway 30. The airport averages 25 operations per day and boasts an administration/terminal building, aircraft maintenance shop, and aircraft storage hangers. For more information, contact Nathan Masten, Airport Manager at 308/324-8770, [email protected], or visit

Business Housing & Development

Economic Development
One of the fastest growing cities in Nebraska for business and families.

Available Housing Lots
Housing Lots Available in Northwest Lexington

Available Building Sites
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Stormwater Awareness
Great information to help keep our streams and rivers clean and healthy.

Building Permits & Rezoning Forms
Zoning, Planning and Building Information

Long Range Land Usage Plan
Future Land Use (from 2013 Comprehensive Plan)

Zoning & Subdivision Information
Quick Links to Forms & Information

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406 E 7th Street
PO Box 70
Lexington, NE 68850
(308) 324-2341

Dennis Burnside
Asst. City Manager
[email protected]