Why We're Doing This
Growing up in Loup City, Nebraska, I often dreamed
of leaving my home town and home state for some place more
exotic and exciting. Like the proverbial grass on the other
side of the fence, the big cities looked like the place for
After college, I had the opportunity to work
in Downtown Washington, DC and live on Capitol Hill, and later,
to start a family and business in North Carolina. All of these
experiences were positive and beneficial to my career; however,
I never felt at home outside Nebraska's borders.
Like many people who left Nebraska in the years
immediately following college, I often thought about returning.
I found the same sentiment in nearly every former Nebraskan
I encountered while living out of the state. Their lives and
priorities had changed since they left, and now, Nebraska
life looked pretty good to them.
Unfortunately, it's often more difficult to
return to a state than it is to leave a state. Many people
become entrenched in jobs, buy homes and start families, making
moving back a lot more complicated than it was when you could
load all of your belongings in a car and hit the road after
recovering the deposit on your apartment.
It's my hope that this Web site will make it
easier for Nebraskans to return home and land a dream job
or fulfill their desire to start their own business, whether
it is in Omaha or Ogallala. If there are ways that we can
improve this site to achieve that objective, please let me
Thanks for your time and interest.
-- Mitch Arnold, president of Preferred