Governor Ricketts Hosts Agriculture and Economic Development Summit

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Governor Ricketts Hosts Agriculture and Economic Development Summit

Governor Ricketts welcomes participants to the 2022 Governor’s Summit on Agriculture and Economic Development.

Leaders from across Nebraska gathered at the Younes (North) Conference Center in Kearney for today's summit.

Leaders from across Nebraska gathered at the Younes (North) Conference Center in Kearney for today’s summit.

KERNEY- Today, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted 365 leaders at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney for the “Governor’s Summit on Agriculture and Economic Development,” co-hosted by the Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development of Nebraska.

“Nebraska is experiencing rapid growth and record employment,” Governor Ricketts said. “Nebraska agriculture hit all-time highs for beef exports, corn production, and soybean production in 2021. Over the past year, we also achieved the highest manufacturing employment in our state since 2008. This growth has generated state revenues that are $1.47 billion higher than last year’s forecast, putting our state government in a position of unprecedented financial strength. Plus, the historic tax cuts we passed this spring are helping Nebraska businesses invest in their people, expand their businesses and grow their communities. Thank you to the leaders present at this year’s Summit for your continued contributions to the success of our state! »

As the state’s premier economic development forum, the annual summit brings together leaders from across Nebraska to discuss how to build the good life. This is the second consecutive year that the Summit has focused on agriculture.

“Agriculture is Nebraska’s biggest industry. Continuing to increase and add more value to the production of Nebraska agriculture will result in greater growth for our state,” said Steve Wellman, director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. “Today, agriculture and economic development stakeholders came together to identify and discuss topics, trends, and actions needed to strengthen and grow Nebraska agriculture.”

“We are proud to partner with teammates from several Nebraska state agencies and leaders to grow our state,” said Anthony L. Goins, director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. “We all have an important role to play in helping Nebraska become America’s best state for business. Meeting each year for the Governor’s Summit coordinates our efforts and improves our effectiveness.

The summit kicked off last night with a reception and banquet hosted by Nebraska diplomats, where a number of local, business and agricultural leaders were recognized for their contributions to the state. Among the honorees were former President of the Diplomats Tim O’Brien, who was recognized for his organizational leadership, and Governor Ricketts, who received the Ambassador Plenipotentiary Award for his work promoting Nebraska.

Today’s one-day event began with welcoming remarks from Governor Ricketts, followed by a comprehensive list of talking points featuring issues critical to the state’s growth. Session topics included developing the state’s workforce, growing opportunities for Nebraska exports, managing Nebraska’s water resources, and supporting small business growth.

During the lunch hour, Governor Ricketts interviewed Daniel J. Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, for the Summit’s keynote address. Their extensive conversation covered the Assistant Secretary’s upbringing in Nebraska, his experiences as a former US Ambassador to Vietnam, and his ideas for developing business relations in Asia.

Video of Governor Ricketts’ interview with Assistant Secretary of State Kritenbrink is available at click here.

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