Blueprint Nebraska helps to grow the good life

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Norfolk, NE (KTIV) -Blue Print Nebraska is a state-wide program aimed to improve the Cornhusker state.

On Wednesday,  the program containing the blueprints of a brighter future was presented to the people of Norfolk.

It’s a statewide economic development initiative.

“We do not want this to be perceived as an Omaha plan or a Lincoln plan. This really needs to be a plan for the entire state to be successful,” Says Jim Smith, The Executive Director of Blueprint Nebraska.

Created to establish a pro-active plan to improve economic growth and prosperity in the Cornhusker state.

“We want Nebraska to be an attractive place to have a job and that the communities are vibrant and desirable,” says Smith.

With the help of communities across Nebraska, Blueprint Nebraska hopes to unfold and resolve the issues in different parts of the state while also building on Nebraska’s numerous strengths.

“It truly is a research operation where we are attempting to identify the key needs and put together a data driven ideas to address the economic needs in our community,” says Smith.

“In our 16 counties, every community every county there’s different needs, they might have the same need but it could be a little bit different so having a wide comprehensive discussion, the only thing its going to do is to provide a better plan,” says Tom Higginbotham, The Executive Director of the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District.

On Wednesday evening, community members spoke up to team members from Blueprint Nebraska to discuss strengths and weaknesses in their towns.

“That’s kind of part of this process because when we can have an honest assessment and understand we can go and start making the necessary improvements,” Says Smith.

“We figure out what their needs are and their issues and we help them put strategies together,” says Higginbotham.

As a next step for this program, 16 industry councils will begin their draft reports.

Councils will be assosiciated with economic subject matters in nebraska such as agriculture, technology and healthcare.

An overall report is said to be created in the summer of 2019.

Danielle Saitta

Danielle Saitta

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