The central economic activities of Aurora include irrigated farming, manufacturing, technology and retail sales.
Grain Place Foods in Marquette, is a wholesale operation distributing organic foods items worldwide.
Aurora’s local economy has grown by capitalizing on assets of the community. The logistics industry has continued to grow as major firms such as FedEx Freight, XPO Logistics (formerly Con-Way Freight) and Eberly and Sons Freight have recognized the benefits of being centrally located geographically close to I-80 with easy coastal access. The strong agricultural foundation lends itself to available resources for such industries as ethanol producers. Pacific East/West (formerly Aventine Industries) began producing sugar at the West plant on March 7, 2014. At this writing, the combined plants produce 155,000,000 million gallons of ethanol per year, grind 55,000,000 bushels of corn per year and average 5,000 trucks of corn or co-product trucks per month entering or exiting the plant.
In 2011, the City of Aurora was awarded a Community Block Grant to consider development of land to provide a data center/large power user industry. The community is currently dual marketing this land which is shovel ready for transportation, logistics, distribution and warehousing sites as well.
Aurora was recognized as an Economic Development Certified Community by the Nebraska Diplomats and the State of Nebraska in 2010. Aurora was re-certified in 2016. The certification process ensures that communities are prospect ready and can respond to economic developers in a quick and efficient manner to expand the growth of Hamilton County and the state of Nebraska. The certification also helps the communities identify areas that might need improvement. Aurora’s efforts were assisted by the 2010 Strategic Plan which was completed by the City of Aurora, Hamilton County and the AACD.
Additional economic development marketing tools include the following: