Nebraska and Iowa, as well as about a dozen other states are in the running for a $1.6 Billion Toyota-Mazda assembly plant. “I think we’re definitely in the running,” said David Brown, chief executive of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Nebraska was not one of the states listed on the "short list" published by the Wall Street Journal. However a spokesperson for Governor Ricketts said that lists like that are just industry speculation. Randy Thelen, the Omaha chamber’s top recruiter, said that Nebraska had been invited by Toyota to make a bid, and that Nebraska was one of 15 states in contention for the plant. He also added that was still the case after the WSJ article came out.