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Governor’s Summit Tentative Agenda

Governor’s Summit on Economic Development
July 13, 2017
The Cornhusker – A Marriott Hotel
333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

The stakes are high as Nebraska manufacturers seek to drive down transportation costs and communities recruit and retain businesses. Focused on moving products and growing the Nebraska economy in the global marketplace, industry leaders explore supply chain optimization, emerging trends across transportation sectors and discuss practical steps communities can take to assess and market specific locations. With time allocated for discussion, bring your questions to this session of the 2017 Governor’s Economic Summit!
    Presentations by:
  • Courtney Dentlinger, Director at Nebraska Department of Economic Development
  • Kyle Schneweis, Director at Nebraska Department of Roads
  • Rick Langer, President and Managing Director at Quetica
  • Transportation Panel
    • Kyle Schneweis, Director at Nebraska Department of Roads
    • Deb Miller, Commissioner at Surface Transportation Board
    • Craig Stoffel, Vice President Global Logistics at Werner Enterprises
  • Courtney Dunbar, Industrial Program and Economic Development Leader at Olsson Associates
Lindsey Woolsey, President at The Woolsey Group
Has Been Invited

Every community in Nebraska is responsible for stabilizing and growing their local economies, and for ensuring community members get good jobs. But who is ultimately responsible? How does any community balance growing their economy with ensuring jobseekers get a foothold in that economy? Next Generation Sector Partnerships are one response. Up and running in a half dozen states and over 30 communities, the model is a powerful testimony to an industry-driven, community-supported equation. Lindsey Woolsey is a founder of the model and the national movement it has inspired.

In the future economy, it will not be all about GPA’s and test scores, it will be about skills as the new currency in the employment world. The Commissioner of Education, Matt Blomstedt, will present how the Department of Education is advancing ideas and partnerships that enhance pathways to career opportunities for Nebraska students. Commissioner Blomstedt will then lead a panel discussion on strategies that connect students, teachers and employers. How do we effectively spark student engagement? How can education and business intentionally partner to inspire and prepare today’s students for the exciting opportunities of tomorrow’s workforce?
Transportation is an economic lifeline for Nebraska, and significant investments are being made to improve the system. Join our discussion with NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis and former Florida DOT Secretary Tom Barry regarding the opportunities and challenges of delivering a 21st century transportation system in Nebraska. In a facilitated format, discuss current and future polices and framework that govern how Nebraska and other states plan, build and maintain transportation systems today – and examine emerging national trends.

*Optional Session. You will need to select this session during registration; session is limited to 60 seats.

Nebraska business leaders understand that skilled workers want to build their careers in communities with safe neighborhoods and turnkey housing. Over the past several years, limited housing availability across the state has initiated creativity in workforce housing solutions to recruit and retain talent. A growing number of Nebraska communities are building support for new housing developments through innovation, community leadership, and public-private partnerships. Utilizing economic resources at the state and local levels is key to future success within Nebraska’s housing market. Members of this panel will share housing solutions, all of which are unique to each of their Nebraska communities.
    Panel Presenters:
  • Cliff Mesner, Mesner Development
  • John Madsen, Stuart Development Corporation
  • Brian Bywater, Schuyler Community Development, Inc.
Japan is one of Nebraska’s most important economic partners. Importing $1.1 billion worth of goods from Nebraska annually, Japan is the most important market for Nebraska outside of North America. Moreover, Japanese companies are an important source of employment for Nebraskans across the state. In the past 10 years alone, Japanese companies have invested approximately $5.9 billion in the Nebraska economy. In addition to growing trade and inbound investment, Japan and Nebraska are bound together by cultural exchanges, which are oftentimes facilitated by the five campuses of the Nebraska University System. During the Governor’s Panel, leading figures in the development of this bilateral relationship will discuss the various aspects of the Nebraska-Japan relationship.
    Panel Discussion led by Governor Pete Ricketts:
  • Douglas A. Kristensen, Chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • Greg Lickteig, Director at the Scoular Company
  • Mike Boyle, Sr. Vice President and COO at Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., USA


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Conference Information:
Cornhusker Marriott
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Check In 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Conference 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Reception 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 pm

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Registration is $55 per person.
Please register by Friday, June 23, 2017.

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel has reserved rooms for $119.00 USD per night for July 12 through July 14, 2017. Book your room by June 22, 2017 for this rate. Click here to book your room for the Nebraska Governor’s Summit.