Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler says the University system is already a major economic engine for the city and the State – he adds that Innovation Campus raises the bar.
Governor Dave Heineman called the campus one of Nebraska’s most ambitious and significant projects.
University officials and dignitaries announced a major partnership with Innovation Campus and ConAgra Foods on Friday. Mayor Beutler says while many citizens expressed concerns about the relocation of the State Fair, there were more who felt the Innovation project was critical for the city.
Over $10 million in city tax payer funds helped assist with phase one of the project. The state also had a large investment in the phase one project.
ConAgra will research food commodities on the campus; such as tomatoes for Huntz ketchup and popcorn for Orville Redenbacher.