- November 10, 2014
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A ballot measure approved last week by residents of Bellevue, Neb., gives the city a new tool to promote economic development which could benefit neighboring Offutt Air Force Base. The measure allows Bellevue to spend up to $750,000 annually on activities such as building infrastructure, purchasing land, issuing loans and awarding grants, reported the World-Herald News Service. The initiative, led by the local chamber of commerce, is intended to stimulate development along Highway 34 which runs south of Offutt. A new bridge over the Missouri River connecting Nebraska and Iowa along Highway 34 opened last month. Communities on the Iowa side of the river also are trying to attract development triggered by the new river crossing. Many employees at Offutt live in southwest Iowa communities, so development on either side of the river would benefit the installation.