Broadening collaboration and transition core implementation responsibilities

Blueprint Nebraska
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 9:38 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - (Press Release). In 2018, leaders in Nebraska business, agriculture, government, and higher education launched Blueprint Nebraska, a citizen-led, statewide economic development initiative. The effort resulted in a comprehensive, 15-point plan to stimulate the state’s economic growth, competitiveness, and prosperity while building on Nebraska’s many strengths. Lance Fritz, the chairman, president, and CEO of Union Pacific Corp. in Omaha, and Owen Palm, the president and CEO of 21st Century Holdings in Scottsbluff, served as co-chairs of Blueprint Nebraska.

In a move to ensure greater success in achieving its goal of statewide economic growth and competitiveness, Blueprint Nebraska announced that it will transition implementation strategies for its fifteen signature initiatives to the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Aksarben Foundation, and the Platte Institute.

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a steadfast business partner and the state’s representative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers. In its capacity, the State Chamber has member and association resources to help broaden and develop the state’s economic growth sectors in addition to leading policy roles related to government efficiency and community revitalization. Learn more about the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry at

The Aksarben Foundation is a state-wide leadership convener that has been tackling Nebraska challenges since 1895. The non-profit has several initiatives that align closely with Blueprint Nebraska’s focus on community revitalization and workforce development, including the Nebraska Tech Collaborative, the Growing Together Initiative, and the Central Nebraska Initiative. Learn more about the Aksarben Foundation at

The Platte Institute is a nonprofit organization that lists regulatory reform, tax policy, and government efficiency as its core research areas. The Platte Institute’s stated mission to advance policies that remove barriers to growth and opportunity in Nebraska aligns closely with Blueprint’s initiatives related to building a more efficient and effective local and state government. Learn more about the Platte Institute at

In the coming weeks, Blueprint Nebraska will transfer implementation and operational activities to its three primary alliance partners. “Growing the Good Life has been at the forefront of each of these organization’s mission for years, if not decades,” said Jim Smith, President of Blueprint Nebraska. “So it just makes sense to partner with organizations that share a common purpose and have a proven track record of success.”

Blueprint Nebraska President Jim Smith is available for comment on this announcement. For more information, please call (402) 690-0947 or email

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