Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced his administration will host a “Governor’s Summit on Economic Development” this summer.
Ricketts says the summit will center on his theme of how best to grow Nebraska, including how does the state attract business, skilled workers, and affordable housing?
Ricketts says the summit will be held July 12th in Lincoln.
The summit will be an annual event, bringing together business and economic development leaders to forge strategies to grow the state economy.
“The summit will bring together Nebraskans who are dedicated to growing our state,” Ricketts said during a Capitol news conference. “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.”
The summit will review results from a study by SRI International, which studied the current 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,” according to state Economic Development 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.”
The keynote speaker will be Julie Curtin, executive vice president and partner at Development Counsellors International.