Top tech companies also maintain a sizeable footprint in the county. PayPal, eBay's payment arm, has a facility that provides an estimated 3,000 jobs, while a Yahoo data center employs about 50.
Recent expansions include the opening of a local office for power company Black Hills Corp., bringing 130 jobs to the area. Meanwhile, local developers are pushing for a $60 million renovation to the Nebraska Crossing outlet mall to attract top retailers.
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These terrific small towns -- even now -- boast great job opportunities, top-notch schools, safe streets, economic strength, and more.