“Our people, land, and location will propel Nebraska to be the most welcoming Midwest state for youth, talent, investment, and commerce and a national model for continuous growth and prosperity.”
That’s the 2030 vision statement for Blueprint Nebraska, a strategic plan that will help create a new standard of sustainable economic prosperity for all Nebraskans.
Blueprint Nebraska’s Executive Director, Jim Smith, updated the Nebraska City Rotary Club on the first year of work on the plan during the club’s Aug. 21 meeting.
To realize this vision, Blueprint Nebraska has outlined goals in terms of jobs, quality of life, attracting new residents, incoming, and research and development investment that must be met in order for the vision to be achieved.
The plan calls for Nebraska to “power its economy with people” by attracting new residents while retaining current residents.
Blueprint Nebraska also calls for a “reimagining and connecting our places” with livable rural and metropolitan communities.
The plan envisions building “a simpler, more efficient and effective government” to make the state an attractive place to start a business, family, or both.
Blueprint Nebraska also calls for “growing our most promising industry sectors” by boosting innovation and devleoping industries that provide good wages and growth.
The goal of Blueprint Nebraska is to create 25,000 new jobs and add $15,000 to the annual income of every Nebraskan by 2030.
Along with increased jobs and higher wages, Smith said a significant part of the plan involves attracting and keeping 18- to 34-year-olds, a group he described as “the lifeblood of the economy.”
“We want to be the most welcoming state among our peers,” he said, adding that peer states include Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
Smith said Nebraska has a few key factors working in its favor, including people, land, natural resources,, geography, and robust agriculture.
He described Nebraska as “the most prime piece of real estate in the country” because of its central location.
For more information, including a 24-page plan summary,  visit blueprint-nebraska.org.
Smith’s presentation was part of the annual Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry Fall Forum.
Other speakers included State Senators Robert Clements and Julie Slama, and Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President/ General Counsel Ron Sedlacek.
The Nebraska City Rotary Club meets at noon Wednesday at the Eagle’s Club, 600 1st Corso. Guests pay $9 for lunch.
Scheduled speaker for tomorrow (Aug. 28) will be Jeremy Behrends, a parole officer from the state of Nebraska.