It all happens in Omaha, Nebraska, one of the 10 coolest cities in the Midwest and ranked as the 7th best city by Money Magazine for overall quality of life, because of the:
Local, up-and-coming and big-name indie rock bands play in clubs all over town and at the Maha Music Festival; big name acts perform at the CenturyLink Center, Mid-America Center and Orpheum Theater; national and local jazz and blues artists play at Omaha’s two favorite outdoor music festivals: Jazz on the Green and Playing with Fire.
Arts centers, galleries, museums, community theaters and even an opera company keep Omaha’s arts scene vibrant. There’s the Joslyn Art Museum, Hot Shops Art Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Omaha Creative Institute for visual stimulation; Omaha Community Playhouse, Blue Barn Theater and Opera Omaha for some drama; and Omaha Performing Arts and Ballet Nebraska to get things moving.
NCAA Men’s College World Series, NCAA basketball tournament play, Olympic Swim Trials, PGA golf, Triple-A baseball and USHL hockey. That’s not even mentioning Creighton’s 14 NCAA Division I teams and BIG EAST competition.
There’s the Henry Doorly Zoo, Lauritzen Botanical Gardens, the Omaha Symphony, art house movies at Film Streams and shopping and dining in the Old Market District—Omaha’s coolest neighborhood, with cobblestone streets, trendy shops, restaurants and bars, galleries and some of the most fun people in town. Did we forget to mention that Omaha has the best zoo in the world?
Forbes ranks Omaha as the nation’s 11th best city for business and career opportunities. Maybe it’s because we’re home to four Fortune 500 companies, including Berkshire Hathaway, Union Pacific, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit Sons’ and TD Ameritrade. In addition, First National Bank, Gallup, Oriental Trading Company, Paypal and First Data all have headquarters or significant operations here. If you’re looking for an internship, you’ll find one in Omaha—home to Warren Buffett.