The event was a joint effort between the Lincoln Chamber, the Greater Omaha Chamber, the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. We were extremely fortunate to have all five members of the Nebraska delegation to the U.S. Congress for a full morning of focus on key business issues facing the federal government.
The top discussion items of the day focused on health care, stimulus spending and card check and featured a “Nebraska Breakfast” style discussion for breakfast and individual briefings with the elected officials during the late morning. The Nebraska Breakfast is a regular event held in Washington D.C. where members of the delegation address visitors from Nebraska.
The event concluded with a rousing pro-business keynote address from Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Nebraska is fortunate this year to have great leadership on the U.S. Chamber Board with Lincoln businessman Robert Milligan serving as Chairman of the Board.
Over 750 of the top business leaders in the State of Nebraska met at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland for the first ever Federal Fly Back. From a local perspective, Lincoln was well represented with over 250 participants.
This year’s fly back was a first for the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. We have annually taken a group of members to Washington D.C. for a federal fly-in where we talk to our elected officials about issues that effect Lincoln and the surrounding areas. However, recognizing that budgets were tight this year, the respective leading chambers in the state opted to plan a joint effort here.