Welcome to Nebraska's Ag & Economic Development Summit: One Nebraska

hosted by Governor Jim Pillen.

We’re revolutionizing our approach to agriculture and economic development in Nebraska. At this summer’s Summit, we’ll unpack this new vision to grow the state. I encourage you to take part. It’s crucial that Nebraska’s key leaders understand where we’re going and how we intend to get there.

In agriculture, we’re rapidly shifting from commodities-based to value-added agriculture. We’re on the cusp of tremendous growth in our nation’s bioeconomy, and Nebraska is perfectly positioned to be the epicenter of it. We have the most sustainable ag supply chain on the planet, and we’re sitting on our pot of gold—the Ogallala Aquifer. The potential is sky high to be a hub for advanced fermentation, biomanufacturing, and production of next-generation biofuels.

In economic development, we’re now primarily competing for people, not jobs. It’s critical that we retain our grads and recruit top talent to the state. To do so, we must find creative solutions to make housing more affordable and childcare more available.

In business recruitment, we’re done promoting low-cost land and labor. Our top selling point shouldn’t be that Nebraska is the cheapest place to locate, but that we’re the best. We have unique strengths as a state that we can brag about to bring in business. At the same time, we’re redoubling our efforts to encourage homegrown entrepreneurship by supporting the businesses that give so much to make our state great.

I hope you’ll get in the game by joining us in Kearney for the 2024 Summit. We have a lot of work ahead, but Nebraskans know better than anyone how to roll up our sleeves and get it done.

Conference Information:


Date: Wednesday, August 7 | 2024
Reception, Dinner & Awards – 6-9 p.m.
Hosted by the Nebraska Diplomats


Date: Thursday, August 8 | 2024
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Event Registration

Registration will open on June 1, 2024

In Partnership with:

Nebraska Department of Economic Development logo, Good Life. Great Opportunity
The Nebraska State Seal linked to www.nebraska.gov
NE Department of Agriculture logo, Good Life. Great Roots.