ACTION ALERT: Support the Talent and Innovation Agenda for Business Growth!
Fri, February 11, 2011

Governor’s Talent & Innovation (TI2) Agenda –

The following package of bills comprises the Governor’s TI2 Agenda, which was developed from the Battelle Competitive assessment. These bills comprise a core package of priority legislation under the Economic Development and State Budget & Government Efficiency sections of the Chamber’s 2011 State Opportunities Agenda.

LB 386

(Introduced by Sen. Heidemann, at the request of the Governor)
LB 386 would connect Nebraska college students with targeted industries by financially assisting companies willing to provide paid internships, in an effort to retain these students in Nebraska upon graduation. The Lincoln Chamber recently supported LB 386 at the public hearing on this legislation and will continue to lobby for its final passage. Use these links to contact Lincoln Senators and Senators on the Business and Labor Committee to support LB 386!

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LB 387

(Introduced by Senators Hadley and Conrad, at the request of the Governor)
LB 387 would adopt the Business Innovation Act for the purpose of encouraging and supporting the transfer of Nebraska-based technology and innovation in order to create high growth, high tech companies to enhance job creation and wealth. The Lincoln Chamber recently supported LB 387 at the public hearing on this legislation and will continue to lobby for its final passage. Use these links to contact Lincoln Senators and Senators on the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee!

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LB 388

(Introduced by Sen. Wightman, at the request of the Governor)
LB 388 Adopts the Site and Building Development Act. This Act includes legislative findings that current economic conditions, lack of available industrial sites and buildings, and declining resources at all levels of government adversely affect the ability of Nebraska’s cities and villages to obtain viable industrial sites for businesses, buildings, and jobs. LB 388 will offer financial assistance to stimulate the development of quality industrial sites and buildings, with state support focused on land and infrastructure costs.
The Lincoln Chamber recently supported LB 388 at the public hearing on this legislation and will continue to lobby for its final passage. Use these links to contact Lincoln Senators and Senators on the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee!

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LB 389

(Introduced by Sen. Cornett, at the request of the Governor)
LB 389 adopts the Angel Investment Tax Credit Act. This Act will provide qualified investors refundable state income tax credits equal to 40% of a qualified investment in a qualified early-stage small business (25 or fewer employees). Focus will be on qualified high-technology field.
The Lincoln Chamber recently supported LB 389 at the public hearing on this legislation and will continue to lobby for its final passage. Use these links to contact Lincoln Senators and Senators on the Revenue Committee!

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Innovation Campus

LB 377

(Appropriating funds for Capital Construction) Within this omnibus capital improvements bill, the Governor included a bold and strategic $25 million boost for NE Innovation Campus capital needs related to renovating the 4-H building and designing and building the Food, Fuel and Water Research facility. The Lincoln Chamber continues to work with the Governor and University to support this bold proposal. We will offer support when the Agency Budget hearings begin.

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Economic Gardening

LB 345

(Introduced by Sen. Conrad)
LB 345 adopts the Economic Gardening Technical Assistance Act, which will establish a statewide pilot program to provide technical assistance for up to 40 Nebraska-based growth businesses. Technical assistance will include such assistance as: information tools, industry trends, competitive intelligence, marketing list, decision-making tools and demographic trends. The Lincoln Chamber recently offered support for the record on LB 345 and will continue to lobby for its final passage. Use these links to contact Lincoln Senators and Senators on the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee!

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