Governor’s Summit Agenda

2019 Governor’s Economic Development Summit
July 17, 2019
The Cornhusker – A Marriott Hotel
333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Agenda

  • Track 1 – Cultivating Tomorrow’s Workforce with Apprenticeships
    (Lancaster 4, 5, 6)
    Learn how the business and education sectors have partnered to build customizable training programs that meet industry needs and prepare the future workforce.
    Facilitator: Jacqui Garrison, Nebraska Department of Education
    Speakers: Scott Asmus, Nebraska Department of Labor
    Jeff Hoffman, Norfolk Public Schools
    Robert McClenaghan, Contitech of Continental AG
    Dan Phillips, Career Pathways Institute
  • Track 2 – Ambassadors, Part 1: Telling Our Story, One Person at a Time
    (Hawthorne)
    Featuring a panel of community leaders who will discuss the use of community ambassadors to help with local talent attraction and recruitment. Ambassador programs aim to engage passionate community champions in sharing the good news and promoting their communities as great places to live and work.
    Facilitator: Greta Leach, Nebraska Community Foundation
    Speakers: Jason Feldman, Omaha Chamber Ambassador
    Darby Paxton, Holt County Economic Development
    Rhonda Veleba, York Chamber of Commerce
  • Track 3 – Welcome Home: Meeting the Housing Challenge
    (Arbor 1 & 2)
    Community-based solutions and State programs both have a role to play in building Nebraska’s housing inventory. This session will highlight some successful community housing solutions.
    Facilitator: Evan Clark, Nebraska Department of Economic Development
    Speakers: Donald Gross, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA)
    Megan Spargo, City of Benkelman
    Megan Weaver, Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation
  • Track 4 – Removing Barriers to Success Between Employers and the Talent Pipeline
    (Lancaster 1, 2, 3)
    Nebraska has the nation’s third-highest rate of people who work more than one job, as well as one of America’s lowest unemployment rates. This session will provide collaborative strategies to link businesses to workforce development agencies through a single point of contact. Efforts to remove barriers to success between employers and the talent pipeline have benefited job creators while launching people into full-time careers.
    Facilitator: Roberta Pinkerton, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    Speakers: Bryan Seck, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development
    Aaron Delahoyde, Bryan Health
    Leon Holloway, Duncan Aviation
  • Track 1 – Industry Powered Education: Career Academies
    (Lancaster 4, 5, 6)
    Explore how business and industry are benefiting from partnerships with career academies in Nebraska.
    Facilitator: Dawn Lindsley, Nebraska Department of Education
    Speakers: Dan Hohensee, The Career Academy-Lincoln
    Dan Phillips, Career Pathways Institute-Grand Island
    Heidi Kaschke, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Justin Shaddick, Scottsbluff High School
    Jeric Svec, The Career Academy-Lincoln
    Jenifer Velazquez-Perfecto, The Career Academy-Lincoln
  • Track 2 – Ambassadors, Part 2: How You Can Start an Ambassador Program
    (Hawthorne)
    As a continuation of Ambassadors, Part 1, this session will highlight the State’s efforts to create statewide and international ambassador networks. Community leaders will then dive deep into the mechanics of establishing an ambassador program to assist with local talent attraction and retention. The conversation will include planning, implementation, measurement, lessons learned and best practice recommendations.
    Facilitator: Greta Leach, Nebraska Community Foundation
    Speakers: Allison Hatch, Nebraska Department of Economic Development
    Darby Paxton, Holt County Economic Development
    Rhonda Veleba, York Chamber of Commerce
  • Track 3 – Welcoming Young Professionals Back Home
    (Arbor 1 & 2)
    Learn what communities are doing to build “YP-friendly spaces,” and how they are actively working to welcome home talented young people.
    Facilitator: Dena Beck, Nebraska Community Foundation
    Speakers: Jim Ediger, Hamilton Telecommunications
    Andy Long, McCook Economic Development Corporation
    Kayla Meyer, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
  • Track 4 – Gallup: Born to Build
    (Lancaster 1, 2, 3)
    Builders are like entrepreneurs, but more. Builders create thriving startups, winning teams, strong communities and better lives. This interactive workshop will provide a contextual framework for Gallup’s research into the talents that define highly successful Builders. Participants will learn about their individual results from the Builder Profile 10 (BP10) assessment, designed to help people discover and develop their innate Builder talents. Participants will also learn how to identify and develop future builders in their respective communities.
    Facilitator: Roberta Pinkerton, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    Speaker: W. Todd Johnson, Gallup
11:30am – 12:15pm: Lunch
12:15pm – 12:45pm: Speaker – Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup
  • Track 1 – The Positive Impact of Business-Led Partnerships
    (Lancaster 4, 5, 6)
    Hear how businesses in rural and urban Nebraska are creatively building a talent pipeline, creating economies of scale and fostering economic development projects in their regions.
    Facilitator: Gregg Christensen, Nebraska Department of Education
    Speakers: Melissa Garcia, Black Hills Energy
    Marguerite Himmelberg, Southeast Community College
    Barb Pierce, Greater Fremont Development Council
    Scott Volk, MetalQuest
  • Track 2 – Talent Recruitment Strategies, Part 1: Telling Your Story to Attract Talent
    (Hawthorne)
    This session will include a panel of chamber and economic development leaders who are actively engaged in storytelling to recruit talent to their communities. Panelists will share a broad overview of their messages and methods of sharing their stories.
    Facilitator: Nicole Sedlacek, Nebraska Public Power District
    Speakers: Kara Asmus, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
    Kim Sellmeyer, Greater Omaha Chamber
    Gabriel Steinmeyer, Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Track 3 – Keeping Them Home
    (Arbor 1 & 2)
    Building communities that people don’t want to leave by weaving social fabric, integrating diversity and utilizing unique community assets.
    Facilitator: Kristine Gale, Nebraska Community Foundation
    Speakers: Jonathan Jank, Seward County Chamber & Economic Development Partnership
    Yesenia Peck, Nebraska Public Power District
    Karina Perez, Centro Hispano
    Ray Welsh, Welsh Financial Group
  • Track 4 – Business-Led Talent Development
    (Lancaster 1, 2, 3)
    Effective business-led talent development strategies are increasingly important as the workforce skills shortage becomes one of the leading challenges faced by Nebraska employers. This session will present a variety of effective talent development initiatives through employers’ experiences in creating and sustaining an adult apprenticeship program; utilizing the state’s Developing Youth Talent Initiative grant; and developing skills through a fast-paced, boot camp-style training and a structured internship and pipeline development program.
    Facilitator: Allison Hatch, Nebraska Department of Economic Development
    Speakers: Elli Aesoph, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha
    AshLea Allberry, Nanonation, Inc.
    Timothy Burke, Omaha Public Power District
    Derek Kowalski, Nucor Detailing Center
    Mart Sedky, Omaha Public Power District
  • Track 1 – STEM Lab – Come Play!
    (Olive Branch)
    Enjoy hands-on demonstrations and experience how businesses have made STEM learning fun, accessible and industry relevant.
  • Track 2 – Talent Recruitment Strategies, Part 2: Marketing Your Community
    (Hawthorne)
    As a continuation of Talent Recruitment Strategies, Part 1, this session will highlight specific tips and best practices for sharing your community’s message through media and social media methods, in order to generate interest among potential newcomers and returners. Panelists will demonstrate how they identify target markets, develop sharable content and broadcast their messages.
    Facilitator: Nicole Sedlacek, Nebraska Public Power District
    Speakers: Kara Asmus, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
    Gabriel Steinmeyer, Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Track 3 – Bringing Them Home
    (Arbor 1 & 2)
    Learn what communities are doing to become magnetic to the talented people they want to attract — both returners and newcomers.
    Facilitator: Kristine Gale, Nebraska Community Foundation
    Speakers: Lindsy Gumb Roberts, Burwell
    Tanna Hanna, ALLO Communications
    Rachel Placzek, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
    Brianna Pribbeno, ALLO Communications
  • Track 4 – Gallup: Born to Build - Repeat of Morning Session
    (Lancaster 1, 2, 3)
    Builders are like entrepreneurs, but more. Builders create thriving startups, winning teams, strong communities and better lives. This interactive workshop will provide a contextual framework for Gallup’s research into the talents that define highly successful Builders. Participants will learn about their individual results from the Builder Profile 10 (BP10) assessment, designed to help people discover and develop their innate Builder talents. Participants will also learn how to identify and develop future builders in their respective communities.
    Facilitator: Roberta Pinkerton, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    Speaker: W. Todd Johnson, Gallup