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Angelou Update January 2016
Fri, January 8, 2016

At the beginning of 2015, LPED engaged Angelou Economics of Austin, TX to develop strategic recommendations to make Lincoln a globally competitive city. After extensive community engagement, research of best practices of successful communities and utilizing the 30+ years of the Angelou team's experience, the strategic plan was created and rolled out to the community at the LPED annual breakfast on June 30. Review the full Vision Plan here.

To ensure the Lincoln is globally competitive, AE recommended the community should focus on three broad, overarching strategic objectives:

  • Develop world class workforce, recruit talent and infrastructure
  • Nurture a globally competitive entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Strengthen collaboration among key economic assets

Once the AE strategic objectives were established, LPED created three working task forces in the areas of opportunity from AE's report: workforce, infrastructure and entrepreneurial development. The task force goals were to examine the recommendations and produce a Lincoln-specific plan of action. The three task forces completed the majority of their work in December and have presented their recommendations to the Lincoln Chamber Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.

We want to share with you some of the initial feedback from the taskforce reports:

Workforce

  • Create a more collaborative environment for companies to share their employee data and recruitment strategies
  • Encourage sponsorships of international employees
  • Embed more students with local companies while they are still in college 

Entrepreneurship

  • Accelerate commercialization of products
  • Create and "own" an entrepreneurial event - possibly based around sports-related startups
  • Enable more local capital for investing in emerging companies

Infrastructure

  • Find a way to encourage a private sector provider to come into the Lincoln market and offer more competition in regards to digital connectivity, specifically fiber service to every home and business

*The task force was discussing a recommendation prior to the announcement by Nelnet and Allo Communications. In light of that announcement, the task force put forward and additional recommendation to convene another working group to study how best to market and utilize the service.

  • A separate sub-committee continues to meet to discuss other potential recommendations regarding road construction funding gap, utilizing technology to create traffic efficiency and similar physical infrastructure needs.

The above list is not entirely comprehensive of all the recommendations put forward by the task force members; it is only a few highlights to illustrate their work. 

We have already begun to implement some of the AE recommendations including:

  • Significant Stakeholder engagement and community involvement to make an impact on the future
  • Hiring a new Director of Talent Solutions to lead workforce outreach and new programs
  • Along with community partners, advances on 1 Gigabit fiber-to-home and business service
  • Advocating for more targeted infrastructure spending at the local, state and federal level

We look forward to sharing a more formalized plan of action as the taskforce is reviewed. Visit selectlincoln.org/whatsnext for the most up-to-date information.

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