Contributed by Tammy Williams, AAF Omaha Board Member and Legislative Issues Chair
With the 2016 Nebraska Legislature still in recess, I wanted to share some information on from the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, as well as a recap of the 2016 Nebraska Legislature while in session. The Nebraska Chamber focuses its efforts ensuring businesses have a voice in the legislative process, following issues and legislation in five key areas impacting Chamber members: taxes, job creation, labor law, economic development and workforce. The 2016 Results for Business report summarizes legislation the State Chamber supported, and those the Chamber opposed.
See the report here or visit https://www.nechamber.net/advocating-nebraska%E2%80%99s-business-community for more information about the Chamber’s mission, its advocacy, programs and events for Nebraska’s business community.
From the Events calendar, the Nebraska Chamber recently announced its Legislative Forums for Fall 2016. Highlights from this State Chamber news item listed below. For a complete copy of this item, see https://www.nechamber.net/nebraska-chamber-announces-legislative-forums-fall-2016.
For more than three decades, the State Chamber has conducted legislative forums in cooperation with local chambers across the state. The forums allow the Chamber to gather input from business leaders on issues of concern, while staff provides summaries of recent state legislation and reviews how Nebraska is performing in key areas of economic competitiveness.
This year’s State Chamber forums will include a review of:
• Important business-related bills in the 2016 session of the Nebraska Legislature;
• Issues awaiting the Legislature in 2017; and
• The latest state rankings in areas that are important to the business community.
Local and state Chamber of Commerce members, along with members of the news media, State senators and members of the Legislature, are invited to attend. For those interested in attending one of the upcoming Fall Forums are asked to contact their local Chambers of Commerce, contact information listed as follows:
Wednesday, Sept. 7
Wahoo (Lunch), noon
Contact: Doug Watts, (402) 443-4001
Thursday, Sept. 8
Hebron (Lunch), noon
Contact: Chris Roth, (402) 365-7251
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Broken Bow (Breakfast), 7:30 a.m.
Contact: Donnis Bullock, (308) 872-5691
Holdrege (Lunch), noon
Holdrege Country Club
Contact: Carol Rapstine, (308) 995-4444
Wednesday, Sept. 21
McCook (Breakfast), 7:30 a.m.
Weeth Theater, Tipton Hall, McCook Community College
Contact: Dee Spicer, (308) 345-3200
Gothenburg (Lunch), noon
Walker’s Steakhouse & Lounge
Contact: Heather Combs Platter, (308) 537-3505
Monday, Sept. 26
Blair (Lunch), noon
Memorial Community Hospital
Contact: Jordan Rishel, (402) 533-4455
Tuesday, Sept. 27
Kearney (Breakfast), 8 a.m.
Kearney Chamber Conference Room
Contact: Elizabeth Roetman, (308) 237-3110
St. Paul (Lunch), noon
St. Paul Area Civic and Recreational Center
Contact: Mike Feeken, (308) 754-4661
Hastings, 5 p.m. (Social) and 6 p.m. (Dinner)
Pastime Lanes Family Fun Center
Contact: Tom Hastings, (402) 461-8400
Wednesday, Sept. 28
Columbus (Breakfast) 7 a.m.
Contact: Sharyle Sands, (402) 564-2769
Fremont (Lunch), noon
Midland University (Private Dining Room)
Contact: Tara Lea, (402) 721-2641
Thursday, Sept. 29
West Point (breakfast) 8 a.m.
Contact: Tina Biteghe Bi Ndong, (402) 372-2981
Sarpy County/Bellevue (Lunch), noon
Tiburon Golf Club
Contact: Annisa Visty, (402) 339-3050
Monday, Oct. 10
Norfolk (Lunch), noon
Contact: Mark Zimmerer, (402) 371-4862
Wednesday, Oct. 12
Beatrice (Lunch), noon
Carnegie Building (218 N. 5th St.)
Contact: Lora Young, (402) 223-2338
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Omaha (Lunch), noon
Goodwill (4805 N. 72 St.)
Contact: Cheryl Lawson, (402) 978-7922
Wednesday, Oct. 19
Nebraska City (Lunch), noon
Contact: Amy Allgood, (402) 873-6654
Thursday, Oct. 20
Wayne (Lunch), noon
Elkhorn Valley Bank (411 E. 7th St.)
Contact: Wes Blecke, (402) 369-1188
Tuesday, Oct. 25
Grand Island (Lunch), noon
Riverside Golf Club
Contact: Cindy Johnson, (308) 382-9210
Wednesday, Oct. 26
Lincoln (Breakfast), 7:30 a.m.
The Nebraska Club (233 S 13th St., #1708)
Contact: Jaime Henning, (402) 436-2366
Monday, Nov. 28
Henderson (Lunch), noon