A regional economic development summit will be held in Omaha, beginning tomorrow, the fourth and final regional summit to be held by the National Governors Association this year.
The summits are being held as part of Gov. Dave Heineman’s initiative as chairman of the NGA, entitled Growing State Economies. They bring public officials and business executives together to discuss how to foster job growth in states. Summits have already been held in Connecticut, Washington and Tennessee.
State Economic Development Department Director Cathy Lang says the summit will allow discussion about how best to grow the economies of the various states in attendance.
“The Department of Economic Development is excited for the opportunity to hear from other states and business leaders and learn from their strategies,” Lang says.
The summit in Omaha features Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa and Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan who will focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Lang says the summit will give Nebraska an opportunity to share how the state has foster a strong business climate that has led to a state economy boasting an unemployment rate hovering around 4%, the second lowest in the nation. It also provides an opportunity for Nebraska to pick up ideas from other states.
“We look forward to hosting this summit in Nebraska and the opportunity to learn from everyone who’s participating,” Lang says.
The summit will be held tomorrow and Wednesday at the Embassy Suites in Omaha.