Low rates for utilities like power and water in the Omaha area have attracted some large technology companies, including Google, which recently set up a data center nearby. But local small businesses benefit from more than just cheap water and electricity. The city also offers the "Nebraska Advantage," a series of state tax incentives for both small and large businesses.
Theaters, museums and restaurants are plentiful - there's even a zoo. Editors' choice for a lazy Sunday afternoon in Omaha: take a gondola ride on the ConAgra lagoon. -Malika Zouhali-Worrall