Sidney is located near the front range along I-80 and U.S. 385 with four major highways and three railroads, nine miles from the Colorado border and 59 miles from the Wyoming border. A short line railroad allows for reciprocal switching between the two rails. It is the county seat and the oldest western Nebraska community, considered the territorial capitol of the Panhandle since 1867.
Sidney has definitely seen the positive effects of the growth of the Colorado front range, yet keeps its grassroots. The community slogan of "Small Town Values, Big Time Opportunities" captures the unique atmosphere of several industries and commercial operations. Sidney is one of Nebraska's fastest growing rural modern communities with over $300 million in new community and economic development projects completed over the past 15 years, when our economy greater than tripled.
Access to Markets
In just two day's drive, companies can reach a majority of the U.S. population, coast-to-coast!
With access to three rail lines and its location on the intersection between U.S. Highway 385 and east-west I-80 interchange, Sidney has become one of the premier transportation service areas in the central United States.
Companies located in Sidney can reach more than 22 million people within a day's drive, including access to large markets such as:
- Denver, CO
- Kansas City, MO
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Salt Lake City, UT
The City of Sidney offers access to three rail lines:
- Union Pacific (UPRR)
- Burlington North-Santa Fe (BNSF)
- Sidney Lowe Railroad Short Line
It sits on the main lines of both the UPRR and BNSF railroads.
The Short-line Sidney Lowe Railroad, located 10 miles northwest of the city near the Cabela's distribution warehouse, provides a switching line that connects the east-west UPRR with the north-south BNSF railroad.
There are several airports in the Sidney area available for use by businesses or private air-crafts.
Sidney Municipal Airport
- Public-use airport
- Two runways: 6,600 feet and 4,700 feet
- Located approximately three miles south of the City of Sidney
- Scheduled freight services on the ground are provided by 10 truck lines which maintain interstate and interstate freight service
- Offers flight service for private planes and passengers, air freight and air express services
- Home to Western Nebraska Community College's Aviation Programs
- United Parcel Services (UPS) operates a distribution center on the outskirts of Sidney
Denver International Airport (DEN)
- Located 162 miles from the City of Sidney, or 2.5 hours away
- Offers nonstop service to more than 100 U.S. and international cities