This September 23-29, communities across the state will join in the celebration of the 2nd Annual Young Nebraskans Week, organized by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED).

Modeled after “YP Week,” which was created by the Lincoln Young Professionals Group, Young Nebraskans Week is about recognizing, supporting and connecting the network of talented young professionals who will lead the Nebraska economy and its communities into the future.

“This is a great opportunity to get creative, and really engage young people to come together and network with the community and their peers,” said Karrissa Jyles, DED Talent Development Coordinator. “Young professionals have a lot of energy and passion to bring to the table, and when you give them a reason to meet and share ideas, the results can be pretty incredible.”

Young Nebraskans Week features all varieties of events — from formal networking luncheons to live music and brewery tours — arranged and sponsored by local organizations and businesses. Last year in Hastings, for example, festivities ranged from a tour of the developing downtown district, to concerts at Odyssey restaurant and a community-wide viewing of Toy Story. In Wayne, an Amazing Race event, lunch with local leaders and a Wayne State Wildcats tailgating party drew crowds.

Communities interested in or planning to participate in this year’s Young Nebraskans Week are encouraged to visit the event website to sign up and/or share their ideas. The event Facebook page is also a great place to share stories, photos and information.

“We encourage people from different communities to talk to each other. Share their ideas and experiences. Take and share photos from throughout the week. We are genuinely excited about the potential for this event to become something communities plan for and look forward to every year. It’s just such a unique chance to combine fun with a genuine opportunity to support local economic development.”

To register for Young Nebraskans Week 2019, visit the Submit Event page. For questions or to leave a comment, send a Facebook message or contact Karrissa at or 402-471-3765.