Angelou Economics, the organization that completed economic development plans for both Lincoln and Beatrice in the past five years, was selected by the City of Lincoln to initiate a regional analysis as part of the community’s Regional Innovation Grant efforts.
The Regional Innovation Grant was awarded to the City of Lincoln last Fall by the U.S. Department of Labor to assist the community in its effort to expedite the time displaced workers are able to find new employment opportunities. The RIG process encourages regionalism, innovation and cooperation between labor, education and economic development as the catalyst for these efforts.
The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development is administering the project on behalf of the city. An oversight committee made up of all the interested parties and representing a 12-county area that is part of the plan will serve as the top level advisory group for the grant.
“We’ll be contacting business leaders throughout the region over the next few months to assist in this plan,” said Jason Smith, Vice President-Economic Development. “An economic development plan as far reaching as this is, requires leadership from all sectors. We’re excited about the process and look forward to working with Angelou Economics.”
The primary focus of the initial analysis will be to identify economic opportunity in the region that have the greatest capabilities for growth and the community services and infrastructure in place to help generate new employment opportunities and match skilled workers to those jobs.