Economic Development & Available Properties


If you’re looking to relocate or start up a new business in a vibrant community, Wood River is open for business! Wood River is ideally situated within the Tri-Cities and in close proximity to the Interstate, Highways 30 & 281, as well as major railway lines. We welcome the opportunity to visit with you and show you available commercial properties in the area. Please contact any of the following:

Wood River Economic Development Corporation, Chris Stewart or Brian Bangs, 308-583-2206

Wood River Housing & Industrial Development Corporation, Nick Rennau, 308-850-0789

HGI Realty, Jim Rennau, 308-583-2262,

Wood River Community Profile 

Wood River, Nebraska, Hall County, Central Time Zone

Wood River, NE is located near Interstate 80 and Hwy 30 in central Nebraska, and approximately 15 miles from the north-south Hwy 281 corridor. Roughly 16 miles from Grand Island, 30 miles from Hastings, and 23 miles from Kearney, Wood River sits in the middle of what is called the busy Tri-Cities area of Nebraska. The community is serviced by the bustling Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island, and has Union Pacific rail service running through town.

Wood River is a community of 1,350 persons. The immediate economy is primarily agricultural, but the community also has a health local business sector including financial services, insurance, realty, and retail services as well as several manufacturing and light industrial enterprises and an operating ethanol plant. Local government and community leaders are supportive of economic development initiatives and eager to grow the business community. Several lots are available in the Wood River Area Economic Development Corporation’s industrial development tract where one new light industrial business built in 2015. Additional lots or small commercial/retail buildings are available in the downtown business district alongside busy Hwy 30 (traffic count approx. 6,000 vehicles/day). 

Wood River, Nebraska has numerous site and building choices for a wide variety of uses. To help make a more informed decision about where to locate your business, a database system, Location One is available through these links:

Click here for Available Sites & Buildings

If you’re in the market for a site or building, please note that, while Location One is updated regularly, excellent real estate comes up for sale even faster. The Wood River Area Housing & Economic Development Corp. strongly recommends that you also contact the broker/developers that represent these sites and local realtors for the most current availabilities.

If you represent some property that is not included in this inventory and wish to include these sites, please contact our LOIS Administrator at [email protected]