NEDA Legislative and Economic Development Workshop September 8

LEGISLATIVE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP AGENDA
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Lincoln Cornhusker Marriott
Purpose: Educate NEDA membership on the legislative process and discuss ideas and solutions for current challenges in economic development.
Welcome
8:00 – 8:15 a.m.
Jason Esser, NEDA President

Working with Elected Officials
8:15 – 9 a.m.
Roberta Pinkerton, Nebraska State Chamber
Jessica Kolterman, JK Consulting

Get ‘R Done: Economic Developers Working with the Legislature
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Facilitator: Deb Cottier, Nebraska Northwest Development Corporation
Panel:
Kim Robak, Mueller Robak LLC
Lance Hedquist, City of South Sioux City
Senator Heath Mello, District 5 – State of Nebraska
Garner Girthoffer, Baird Holm

Understanding Policy
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Facilitator: Paula Hazlewood
Panel:
Jennifer Creager, Omaha Chamber Director
Bruce Bohrer, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
Joseph Young, Nebraska State Chamber
Natalie Peetz, President, Peetz & Co.

Working Lunch: DED Update & Networking
12 – 1:15 p.m.
Courtney Dentlinger, Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Tax Incentive Discussion:
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Facilitator: Nicole Sedlacek
Panel: Chad Denton, CFO Services
Tim O’Brien, Omaha Public Power District
Pat Haverty, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development

Housing Discussion:
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Facilitator: Megan McGown
Panel: Mark Hansen, West Gate Bank
Lara Huskey, Midwest Housing Development Fund
Darren Robinson, Economic Development Council of Buffalo County
Cliff Mesner, Mesner Development Company

Workforce Discussion:
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Panel: Erin Porterfield, Heartland Workforce Solutions
Others TBA

Next Steps & Wrap-up
4:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Jason Esser, NEDA President

Networking Reception
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Networking with your State Senators

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