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Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry envisions economic growth for the state
Published: Oct. 9, 2020 at 9:09 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Advocating across Nebraska for “free enterprise, a competitive business climate, and statewide growth through education, leadership development and government activism,” the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry held their annual fall forum in North Platte Thursday.

Representing a vision as quoted above, the Nebraska Chamber had a conversation, both in person and virtually on Thursday from the north campus of Mid Plains Community College. Representatives from the Nebraska Chamber, North Platte Chamber and Development, Mid Plains Community College and members of the Nebraska Legislature and other agencies shared thoughts during conversations about Nebraska and rural economic growth.

President of the Nebraska Chamber Bryan Slone is excited about Nebraska’s future.

Business across the state is recorded as slowing with the pandemic at first, but then things started to turn around as many people adjusted to working remotely.

Tanya Storer is a County Commissioner for Cherry County and she has seen first hand the fears of those in the Sandhills as the pandemic has run its course thus far. However, she saw tourism in rural Nebraska step up to theh challenges it faced.

People seem to be looking for things to do a little closer to home, and finding out there may be more to Nebraska than they realized.

And other good news: apparantly there is plenty of room for more people should folks decide to come and visit, and maybe stay for good. President Slone said it is what Nebraska needs.

President Slone said that marketing is the key. Adding that with growth, Nebraska could be even better for more people. He included Senator Mike Groene in the conversation, saying the Republican representing the 42nd legislative district is instrumental in the growth of the state. He said the senator takes a free market approach, which is “where the business community thrives.”

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