Gov. Pete Ricketts says he wants to grow Nebraska without losing its identity.
If there is a theme of the Ricketts Administration it is the governor’s oft-used phrase: grow Nebraska.
“When we’re talking about growing Nebraska, it’s creating the opportunity for people to pursue their dreams, essentially,” Ricketts tells Nebraska Radio Network in an interview. “And, by that I mean that they can create the businesses or whatever else they’re interested in doing here in our state and that we can create those jobs for our kids and grandkids (to) stay here, because they feel like there’s the opportunity here.”
Ricketts says as he grew up in Nebraska, too many of his peers thought they had to leave the state to make their mark; that to be successful you had to go somewhere else.
He wants that to change; for young Nebraskans to see the opportunity they have to be successful in their home state.
Nebraska is a large state with a small population and a definite personality. With just under two million people and an extremely low unemployment rate, Nebraska needs to attract people to the state to fill the needs of its workforce.
Some worry that with growth, Nebraska could lose what makes it, well, Nebraska.
Ricketts hopes to grow the state while maintaining the strong work ethic and loyalty which has created its close-knit communities.
“Those are all things that we want to attract people who are like that to our state and I think if we set those expectations about this is what we are as Nebraskans, those are the people that we will draw here.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]