Lincoln makes a number of “great” lists in 2009

CaptureBy MATT OLBERDING / Lincoln Journal Star

Fifth-best place for business and careers.

Top city in which to find a job.

Second-most-likely city to see a housing recovery.

It seems that in 2009 Lincoln popped up on more “best of” lists than ever before.

Those kudos make for interesting newspaper stories and look good on Chamber of Commerce marketing materials, but do they really have any effect on economic development?

Wendy Birdsall believes they do.

“They play a big role because we’re getting accolades, we’re getting put on the map,” said Birdsall, president of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

“It does cause people to take a second look” at Lincoln, she said.

As evidence that people notice, Birdsall cited an October trip by city and chamber officials to Dallas to visit with site selectors and officials of companies that have Lincoln operations.

“People mentioned, ‘You’ve been making a lot of these lists,'” she said. “They do notice it.”

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