Dear Fellow Nebraskans:
Last week, I was pleased host Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado as we met to discuss common efforts and issues related to ecotourism and economic development. In addition to discussing tourism efforts, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to view the world-renowned migration of the sandhill cranes, a significant ecotourism attraction in Nebraska.
The year’s gotten off to a good start with businesses filing applications for the new Talent & Innovation Initiative (TI2), passed by the Legislature last May, and other new economic development initiatives, administered through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) today announced 27 tourism marketing grants totaling nearly $125,000 for entities across the state. Grants are used to promote a variety of attractions and events in Nebraska, and are administered by DED’s Travel and Tourism Division.
Gov. Dave Heineman today announced that he will lead a delegation of Nebraskans on a trade mission to China July 28 – August 3, 2012. The trade mission includes stops in Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, China. This will mark the eleventh trade mission by Gov. Heineman’s administration.