Gov. Pete Ricketts says Nebraska needs to learn from the decision of ConAgra to move its headquarters from Nebraska to Illinois.
Ricketts dismisses suggestions that the move of ConAgra’s headquarters from Omaha to Chicago is a blow to the state ego.
“Well, I don’t know that a blow to the ego matters so much as how do we grow Nebraska?” Ricketts replies to Nebraska Radio Network. “We want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can and companies make business decisions and this one I think was made many months ago, but what we want to do is really use this to highlight that we need to continue to be competitive here in Nebraska.”
Ricketts says the state must review its system of taxation as well as the business incentives it offers in light of the ConAgra move.
Ricketts says the state Department of Labor will be working with any employees left without jobs by the ConAgra move to help them find new employment. The decision is expected to leave more than 1,000 Omaha area residents without jobs.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]