Nebraska Chamber's Economic Development Summit Is Nov. 29

Nebraska Chamber's Economic Development Summit Is Nov. 29

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am

LINCOLN – On Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host its 2017 Economic Development Summit at the La Vista Conference Center (12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista).   The summit will begin at 11:45 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m.  The event is open to the general public.

Highlights will include an update on Nebraska’s economic conditions from UNL economist Eric Thompson, as well as panels of experts to discuss rural economic success stories, workforce housing, and state and local business incentives.  In addition, Governor Pete Ricketts will address the gathering.  The summit schedule follows:

Nebraska Chamber’s Economic Development Summit

Nov. 29, 2017 – La Vista Conference Center

11:45 a.m.  – Welcome & Lunch

Noon – Remarks from Governor Pete Ricketts

12:10 p.m. – Panel: “Rural Nebraska Success Stories”

Moderator: Todd Foje, CEO - Great Plains Communications; Blair, Neb.

·        Brent Comstock, Founder - Bcom Solutions, LLC; Auburn, Neb.

·        Norm Krug, CEO - Preferred Popcorn; Chapman, Neb.

·        Richard Montgomery, Managing Partner - Enhanced Capital; New Orleans, La.

1:00 p.m. – Break

1:10 p.m. – Panel: “The Importance of Business Incentives”

Moderator: Chad Denton, President - CFO Services; Omaha, Neb.

·        Randy Thelen, Senior Vice President of Economic Development - Greater Omaha Chamber; Omaha, Neb.

·        Megan Lucas, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer - Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance; Lynchburg, Va.

·        Dave Rippe, Executive Director - Hastings Economic Development Corp.; Hastings, Neb.

2:00 p.m. – Nebraska Economic Outlook

·        Eric Thompson, Director - UNL’s Bureau of Business Research, Professor of Economics; Lincoln, Neb.

2:40 p.m. – Panel: “Enhancing Nebraska’s Workforce Housing” 

Moderator: Gary Person, President and CEO - North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corp.; North Platte, Neb.

·        Mark Hansen, President - West Gate Bank Mortgage; Lincoln, Neb.

·        Lara Huskey, Senior Vice President - Midwest Housing Development Fund; Lincoln, Neb.

·        Mike Morrow, Sales & Engineer Manager - BonnaVilla (Division of Chief Industries); Grand Island, Neb.

3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

The event includes lunch.  Cost is $95 per person for State Chamber members, or $125 for non-members.  To register, click here or visit and click the “events” tab on the menu.  Or call the Nebraska Chamber at (402) 474-4422.

The State Chamber is Nebraska’s largest statewide business association and has served as the voice of Nebraska’s business community since 1912.