Governor Ricketts Hosts Economic Development Leaders for First Annual Summit

25 Jul 2016


Economic Development

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a first-of-its-kind Governor’s Summit on Economic Development in Lincoln to unveil a report on Nebraska’s economic development programming. A diverse group of over 400 Nebraskans from across the state attended the inaugural summit including business leaders, economic development executives, and elected officials among numerous others.

“This first ever economic development summit in Nebraska provided a tremendous amount of information and baseline recommendations to help the state and our partners develop new growth strategies,” said Governor Ricketts. “These strategies can help us attract and grow companies and high-paying jobs so Nebraska continues to succeed in a global, high-tech economy.”

The summit focused on results generated by SRI International, a nonprofit, independent research center that was hired late last year to provide an assessment of Nebraska’s economic development ecosystem. SRI also performed a high-level assessment of Nebraska’s innovation ecosystem and identified gaps and opportunities that the state can target for future investment. Additionally, several sessions were conducted at the summit, focusing on findings related to the state’s target industries, housing and community development, innovation eco-system, and workforce, and talent.

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