Grand Island, Nebraska

Grand Island Business Signs

Grand Island is a city located in the (mostly) central portion of the present-day U.S. state of Nebraska.  Prior to invasions by those of European descent, this area was inhabited by both the Sioux and Pawnee peoples.  Sadly, despite heavy fighting against their settler occupiers, they were removed from this area by those arriving from Davenport, Iowa.  These new settlers, originally from Germany, arrived in the Grand Island area in 1857.  Prior to this point, the only explorers of European descent were French traders, who named the island La Grande Isle, or the Grand Island.  Evidently, this is where the city’s name originates.  The city of Grand Island, Nebraska’s population was further bolstered by Pike’s Peak Gold Rush and the completion of the Union Pacific Railroad, which traveled through the area.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Grand Island, Nebraska has a total population of 51,517 people.  Interestingly, Grand Island, Nebraska is also considered the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska.  Grand Island, Nebraska is also considered the principal city of the Grand Island metropolitan area.  The Grand Island metropolitan area, which “consists of Hall, Merrick, Howard, and Hamilton counties, has an official population of 83,472 residents,” according to that same 2016 estimate.

Grand Island, Nebraska has been honored with the All-America City Award three times in its history by the National Civic League.  These times included 1955, 1967, and 1981-82.  Of course, Grand Island, Nebraska isn’t just stuck in the past though.  Economically, it is best known as serving as the home of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center (NLETC), “which is the sole agency responsible for training law enforcement officers throughout the entire state of Nebraska.”

Grand Island, Nebraska also happens to be the proud home of the Southern Power District, which serves all of southern Nebraska.  The Southern Power District is a publicly owned electric distribution system.  Interestingly, Grand Island, Nebraska is also now home to the Nebraska State Fair.  Before 2010, the Nebraska State Fair was held in Lincoln, Nebraska, but now it is firmly ensconced in Grand Island, Nebraska.  This “approximately eleven-day event” goes through Labor Day annually.

Grand Island, Nebraska also serves as the proud home of one of the campuses for Doane University.  Doane University, which is a private, non-profit liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ.  Established in 1872, Doane University (at least as of 2016) has an endowment of $108.4 million with 2,950 students in total enrolled into its various programs.

Grand Island, Nebraska is home to no professional sporting franchises of note.  The city is, however, home to the Doane Tigers.  The Doane Tigers are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).  The Doane Tigers are probably most well known for their men’s football teams, which have competed in three bowl games throughout their history, winning two and tying one.  The first of these bowl games was the 1950 Bean Bowl, where the Doane Tigers defeated Colorado State College.

Do you, by any chance, happen to be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Grand Island, Nebraska area?  Have you ever considered the mind-blowing possibility of becoming such an entrepreneur?  If that has been your dream – you need look no further!  Below, we have provided you (and other prospective small business owners such as yourself) with an assortment of business resources:

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Designs N Signs
Albion, NE

Vivid Sign Co.
Lincoln, NE

Sign Pro of Lincoln, Inc.
Lincoln, NE

Digital Printing and Signs LLC
Norfolk, NE

Wegner Monument Co.
Central City, NE

Wegner Monument

Omaha, NE