May 5, 8:00 AM
Tuesday was a long day at NBS13. It started with General Session speeches from Congressman Ear Blumenauer (D-OR), Mayor Greg Ballard (R-Indianapolis), Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). I was particularly impressed with Mayor Ballard and Sen. Cardin.
One of the main points made throughout the day is that cities are competing with each other to attract and retain “milenials”. These are the young highly educated, highly paid, next generation professional. Cities that actively attract these individuals will attract businesses looking to hire these individuals. Promoting livability by improving biking and walking is a very cost effective way to attract these people.
With Innovation Campus coming soon to Lincoln, we really need to think about adding value to our city in order to attract and retain top tier talent. The time is now to make a lasting contribution to the quality of life and livability of Lincoln.