Web site may give natives reasons to return
OMAHA Former Nebraskans seeking entrepreneurial
and employment opportunities in their home state now have
a new resource in a Web site developed by an Omaha-based recruiting
MoveBacktoNebraska.com is a Web-based effort
to provide former Nebraskans with information and resources
to help locate and examine opportunities to return home. Employment
and entrepreneurial opportunities are listed on the site,
as are links to economic development resources such as chamber
of commerce offices.
As a Nebraskan who lived out of the state
for several years, I know that there is an interest and desire
in former Nebraskans to return home, said Loup City
native Mitch Arnold, who is president of Preferred Partners,
the company that manages MoveBacktoNebraska.com.
I also know that it is challenging to find the right
opportunity to justify uprooting your family and moving back,
Arnold said. We hope that MoveBacktoNebraska.com can
make it easier for former Nebraskans to discover those opportunities
in their home state.
Preferred Partners solicits job postings and
business-for-sale listings from Nebraska companies and then
markets those opportunities through its growing database of
After graduating from the University of Nebraska
at Kearney with two degrees in four years, Arnold worked as
an English and journalism teacher at Columbus Scotus High
School. He also worked as a technical editor in Washington,
D.C., before moving to North Carolina in 1995 to work in public
relations at North Carolina A&T State University.
Arnold then developed and operated his own businesses
including a successful NASCAR-themed retail operation
in Greensboro, N.C. before returning to Nebraska in
MoveBacktoNebraska.com can help the states
economic development efforts by reversing what many officials
refer to as brain drain, Arnold said.
Nebraska is the 10th most heavily outmigrated
state for young, single, college-educated professionals, and
a lot of those people come from highly skilled technical backgrounds,
said Arnold. We would like to see them bring their talents,
experience and families back to Nebraska to work for Nebraska
companies or start entirely new ventures.
That would add to the states revenue
and diversity of opportunities, which would be a good thing
for both rural and urban Nebraska areas.
-- Kearney Hub, 4/10/2006