Gov. Ricketts Announced First Annual Governor’s Summit on Economic Development

Monday, October 03, 2016

Nebraska DED, February 23, 2016-LINCOLN – The Governor’s Office and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) hosted a first-of-its-kind “Governor’s Summit on Economic Development” in Lincoln on July 12, 2016.  This summit served as an annual avenue for Nebraska’s business and economic development community members to share ideas and provide input to state government in key policy areas including workforce development, tax policy, and business attraction.

“The summit brought together Nebraskans who are dedicated to growing our state,” said Governor Ricketts.  “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.”

This year, the Governor’s Summit focused on the results of a study by SRI International regarding the state’s existing economic development programs.  “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,” said DED Director Courtney Dentlinger.  “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.”

At the summit, SRI conducted several sessions focusing on findings from their study as related to the state’s target industries, housing and community development, and workforce and talent.  SRI also offered an analysis of the state’s innovation ecosystem.

For more information on the Governor’s Summit, Nebraskans can contact Lori Shaal at 402-471-3780 or  

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