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Nebraska continues to attract a diverse mix of economic development projects. In January 2023, Mutal of Omaha broke ground on its new 44-story headquarters in downtown Omaha, which will be the state’s tallest building when completed in 2026. Work has also started on The Catalyst, a $65 million medical business innovation hub at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. In August 2023, Google officially confirmed it is constructing a $1.2 billion data center in Lincoln. At the Governor’s Ag and Economic Development Summit in Kearney in August 2023, Gov. Jim Pillen and state officials said Nebraska is well situated to become a bio-manufacturing hub. Pillen declared the state the “center of the new bio-economy.”

“When our kids grow up and graduate, we want them to enter the most competitive economy in America—right here in Nebraska. This begins with strengthening our top industry of agriculture. It also involves developing quality infrastructure, reliable broadband access, a modern highway network and a world-class system of water management.”
Jim Pillen


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Nebraska Advantage Act: Offers credits against sales tax, income tax and employee withholding obligations. Companies may be eligible for a refund of sales tax on a project’s capital purchases and real and personal property tax benefits and exemptions.

The Customized Job Training Program: Provides employee training assistance to businesses that expand and diversify the state’s economic base.

The Intern Nebraska Grant Program (InternNE): Provides financial assistance to businesses that create new internships. InternNE can reimburse up to 50% of an intern’s wages, up to $5,000 per internship and up to 75% of wages or $7,500 per internship for those receiving a Pell Grant.


Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development

Greater Omaha Chamber


NMotion announced in June 2022 more than $3.7 million in new investments to start and grow 24 Nebraska startups over the next two years, expand the accelerator’s programming and create an Omaha location at Millwork Commons. NMotion will offer investment, support, mentorship and access to in-state and out-of-state capital to staff small businesses and startups. Companies and startups that land a spot in the accelerator will receive $100,000 investment from NMotion through gener8tor’s venture fund and Invest Nebraska.


  • Dollar General opened a one-million-square-foot, $140 million distribution center and added 400 jobs in Blair.
  • Vireo Systems opened the first creatine manufacturing plant in the United States in Plattsmouth in February 2023.
  • BRANDT broke ground in May 2023 on a new production facility in Aurora.
  • Developers announced in May 2023 a $65 million innovation hub in Omaha.
  • Google announced in August 2023 it would invest $1.2 billion in a data center in Lincoln.


Four Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the state:

  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Union Pacific
  • Mutual of Omaha Insurance
  • Peter Kiewit Sons’

Other big companies with operations in the state include:

  • TD Ameritrade
  • Green Plains
  • Valmont Industries
  • Werner Enterprises

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.