Nebraska Announces Plans for Inaugural Governor’s Summit on Economic Development

Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development will be hosting the state’s inaugural Governor’s Summit on Economic Development later this year on July 12 in Lincoln, NE.


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This first-of-its-kind summit will serve as an annual avenue for Nebraska’s business community and economic developers to share ideas and provide input to state government in key policy areas including workforce development, tax policy, and business attraction.

Gov. Ricketts said in a statement that “This event will provide an annual opportunity for Nebraska’s business and economic development community members to carry on a conversation about how to attract new businesses, retain existing ones, and create good-paying jobs for the next generation.”

The inaugural Governor’s Summit will focus on the results of a study by SRI International regarding existing Nebraska economic development programs. SRI is an independent nonprofit research center that was contracted earlier this year to update and expand upon the Battelle Report, a similar study written for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) in October 2010.

SRI will unveil the report findings at the Summit, including through several sessions focusing on findings related to the state’s target industries, housing and community development, and workforce and talent.  There will also be an analysis of Nebraska’s innovation ecosystem.

DED Director Courtney Dentlinger noted that the state is continuously evaluating Nebraska’s business climate in areas that include taxes, regulatory issues, transportation, access to markets, supply chain, roads and infrastructure, and more. “We expect that SRI’s research results will help us break these areas down even further and find ways to streamline and perfect delivery systems, and target specific legislation that improves and expands on existing laws,” said Dentlinger.

Julie Curtin, executive vice president and partner at Development Counsellors International (DCI), will be the Lunch and keynote speaker at the event.

Curtin, who will speak at the Summit about how communities across Nebraska can build and implement talent attraction campaigns to attract and retain skilled talent, said in the release that as Nebraska’s economy continues to prosper and diversify, there is a growing need for communities across the state to position not only available jobs, but the availability of a desirable lifestyle, great schools, rich and diverse cultural assets.

The full Governor’s Summit agenda and registration information will become available in the coming weeks.

What: Nebraska Governor’’s Summit on Economic Development

When: July 12, 2016

Where: Lincoln, NE

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