Growing the good life
begins here
Nebraska’s prosperity is built on its people, land and location. Yet challenges, especially people-related challenges, threaten our ability to sustain this success. How can we sustain—and grow—Nebraska’s success? Blueprint Nebraska: a strategic plan to continue “growing the good life” for all Nebraskans in the years to come.

CREATING
BLUEPRINT NEBRASKA

To ensure we harness our strengths and address challenges that threaten our growth, a group of business, industry, and civic leaders worked together to develop Blueprint Nebraska, a strategic plan to propel the state to ongoing success.

To create the plan, communities and individuals from across the state were engaged to generate feedback and ideas in an effort to make the greatest impact.

Download the full plan to learn more about our process

60+
Events
2000
Participants
30
Regions
5000
Local respondents
320
Advisors (Incl. An Advisory Council And Industry Councils)
275
Council Members With Sector Expertise
60
Potential Initiatives Identified

CREATING
BLUEPRINT NEBRASKA

To ensure we harness our strengths and address challenges that threaten our growth, a group of business, industry, and civic leaders worked together to develop Blueprint Nebraska, a strategic plan to propel the state to ongoing success.

To create the plan, communities and individuals from across the state were engaged to generate feedback and ideas in an effort to make the greatest impact.

Download the full plan to learn more about our process

60+
Events
2000
Participants
30
Regions
5000
Local respondents
320
Advisors (Incl. An Advisory Council And Industry Councils)
275
Council Members With Sector Expertise
60
Potential Initiatives Identified

Growing The Good Life

This feedback generated a shared ambition for Nebraska’s future that has been translated into a vision for 2030, five aspirations, and four growth themes — all supported by high-priority initiatives.

OUR 2030 VISION

Our people, land, and location will propel Nebraska to be the most welcoming Midwest state for youth, talent, investment, and commerce and a national model for continuous growth and prosperity.

Our Aspirations

Blueprint Nebraska translates this vision into five aspirations — goals we must meet to realize our vision.

 

Create
25,000 jobs

Make Nebraska a top three state in which to live

Bring 43,000 new 18-34 year-old residents to
the state

Add $15,000 to the annual income of every Nebraskan

Secure additional annual investment in R&D of
$200 million

Our Growth Themes

To achieve these aspirations, the strategic plan defines four growth themes, all supported by initiatives that the blueprint recommends implementing:

 

People
Expand

Powering our economy with people by retaining residents, attracting new Nebraskans, and tapping our universities to equip people with the right skills.

Places
Expand

Reimagining and connecting our places with vibrant and livable rural communities and metropolitan areas.

Government
Expand


Building a simpler, more efficient and effective government that helps make Nebraska one of the simplest, most cost- effective places to live, work, raise a family and start or grow a business.

Sectors
Expand

Growing our most promising industry sectors by developing high-wage, high- growth industries and boosting innovation.

Our High-Priority And Supportive Initiatives

Executed in concert, these growth themes and the 15 high-priority initiatives designed to grow the good life promise to have significant, mutually reinforcing impact across the state (Exhibit 2). Together, these initiatives will transform our state by 2030:

  • Create the best odds in the country of landing a good job and enjoying a good life.
  • Give Nebraska the best mid-sized metro area transit; the most arts, culture, and recreation per capita; and the most vibrant rural main streets in the country.
  • Make Nebraska the easiest place to live, work, and start or grow a business, thanks to the most efficient state government in the country.
  • Build the agricultural technology hub of the world and make Nebraska the best place in the country to bring automation and other tech innovation to diverse industries.

 

 

Exhibit 2:
Overview of the Blueprint Nebraska’s initiatives and their potential impact

Taking A Bold Path To Grow The Good Life

What’s next?

To make our 2030 vision, aspirations, growth themes, and initiatives a reality, we need dedicated teams and detailed implementation plans.

We will adopt a modified organizational structure to facilitate the shift from planning to delivery based on breakthrough delivery best practices. This new delivery system will include a modified Blueprint Nebraska Steering Committee, the Blueprint Nebraska Executive Director and staff, growth theme steering committees, and initiative owners and initiative teams.

We see four critical next steps to move from blueprint
to reality. We will sequence the rollout of our initiatives in three waves beginning in Q4 2019, and will launch approximately five initiatives per quarter.

 

  • Establish and empower a “delivery unit,” a dedicated implementation team, to enable fast decision making, foster collaboration across stakeholders, manage performance, resolve bottlenecks, and take corrective actions to get lagging performance back on-track.
  • Track and measure outcomes against detailed work plans and initiative-level key performance indicators (KPIs) to ensure the progress and success of our high-priority initiatives.
  • Build the capabilities of primary stakeholders and partners so they can assume key roles in implementation and lend their expertise to growing the good life in Nebraska.
  • Communicate progress and impact to the business community and the broader public to create and sustain wide stakeholder engagement and enthusiasm.

“Everyone at Blueprint Nebraska is committed to achieving our vision and our aspirations. We recognize how lofty our goals are, and we know dedication and collaboration will be critical. Together, we can build an even greater Nebraska.”