Working to create a new standard of sustainable economic prosperity for all Nebraskans, Blueprint Nebraska will hold public town halls in Lincoln, Omaha, and Norfolk on Wednesday, Dec. 19.
- The Lincoln town hall will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. CT at Southeast Community College, 8800 O St., Lincoln, NE
- The Omaha town hall will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CT at UNO’s Scott Conference center, 6450 Pine St, Omaha, NE
- The Norfolk town hall will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. CT at Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, 801 E. Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk
Blueprint Nebraska is a new, citizen-led, statewide economic development initiative that includes Nebraska leaders in business, agriculture, government and higher education. The effort seeks to establish a comprehensive and pro-active plan to stimulate the state’s economic growth, competitiveness and prosperity, while building on Nebraska’s numerous strengths.
Executive Director, former state Senator Jim Smith said, “Executive Director, former state Senator Jim Smith said, “The town hall meetings are a continuation of Blueprint’s statewide engagement with businesses and the public on a long-range plan for economic success. This is an opportunity for the public to participate in an honest and open discussion about the condition of the regional and state economies and how together we can ‘Grow the Good Life in Nebraska.’”
Blueprint Nebraska held public meetings in Chadron, Valentine, Scottsbluff/Gering, North Platte and North Platte last month.
Blueprint Nebraska co-chairs Owen Palm, President and CEO of 21st Century Holdings, and Lance Fritz, Chairman, President and CEO of Union Pacific Corp, will attend the town hall.
The format of the meeting will include a brief introduction of Blueprint Nebraska by the organization’s leaders followed by remarks from local participants. Remarks by local leaders will include honest assessments of the economy, including both strengths and weaknesses.
Blueprint Nebraska leaders will also lead the participants in a discussion and critique of issues emerging from the Blueprint Nebraska initiative, including: workforce recruitment, building strong communities, affordable and available housing, education attainment, and strengthening agriculture.
Regarding the public town halls, Senator Smith said, “We are looking forward to hearing the thoughts, opinions and insights of Nebraskans at the town halls throughout the state. Citizen input and participation is critical to the overall success of the project as we continue to move Nebraska forward.”
The public is invited to attend the events. There is no cost to attend the town halls and registration is not required.
In addition to attending the town halls, Nebraska citizens are encouraged to participate in an online survey regarding Nebraska’s major industries, economy and way of life. All Nebraska citizens are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the statewide opinion survey found here: www.Blueprint-Nebraska.org and click the “Take the Blueprint Nebraska Survey” button on the home page.
Senator Smith added, “We highly encourage citizens to join us for the meetings and to take the Blueprint Nebraska survey to have their voices heard.”
The gathering of citizen feedback is a critical step in the Blueprint Nebraska process. Survey responses will be used by several industry councils – comprised of Nebraskans from across the state – to analyze the state’s current strengths and challenges in areas such as manufacturing; workforce; taxation and incentives; housing; community vitality; agriculture; health care; education; and technology and innovation. Survey input will be combined with research to produce a comprehensive, long-range economic plan for the state.
For more information on Blueprint Nebraska and to take the survey, please visit: www.Blueprint-Nebraska.org.