Innovation Campus Board of Directors appointed
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Plans for Nebraska Innovation Campus continue to move forward, with an initial leadership team to oversee development of the project now in place.

During its April 2010 meeting, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved appointments to the Innovation Campus Development Corporation Board of Directors. The board includes five members from the private sector and four from the University of Nebraska.

Private-sector members are: Tom Henning, CEO of Assurity Life Insurance Co.; Dana Bradford, president of McCarthy Capital Corp.; Matt Williams, president of Gothenburg State Bank; Tonn Ostergard, president and CEO of Crete Carrier Corp.; and JoAnn Martin, CEO of Ameritas Life Insurance.

University representatives are: NU President James B. Milliken; University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman; Prem Paul, UNL vice chancellor of research and economic development; and John Owens, vice president and vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

“We could not be more pleased with the commitment of the business community to the success of the Innovation Campus,” Milliken said. “The outstanding private-sector membership of the initial Board of Directors for the Innovation Campus Development Corporation reflects this support and enthusiasm. We are looking forward to working with them on this important development.”

The Board of Regents has also approved articles of incorporation and bylaws for the Innovation Campus Development Corp.

Innovation Campus is a public-private partnership that will occupy a 251-acre site near UNL’s City Campus. The university took ownership of the property, formerly the home of the Nebraska State Fair, on Jan. 1, 2010.

The theme of Innovation Campus is “food, fuel and water” – reflecting University of Nebraska research strengths in agriculture, water for food, biofuels, energy, nutrition and other areas. Innovation Campus will allow the university to collaborate with the private sector and government to create new jobs and technologies that benefit Nebraska’s economy and quality of life. Students will have new opportunities for internships and jobs, allowing Nebraska to retain more of its best and brightest young people; and business leaders will have opportunities to serve as guest lecturers in university classes.

The first phase of development at Innovation Campus is expected to include a federally funded Agricultural Research Services facility, a companion UNL research facility and some infrastructure and landscaping. Also during Phase I, the 4-H Building will be renovated into a central commons area, paying homage to the State Fair’s long history in Lincoln.

Future development will include additional research and office space, retail, recreational space, residential living and perhaps a hotel. In all, about two-thirds of Innovation Campus will be privately developed, and one-third publicly developed. The campus will reflect a commitment to sustainability.

A team of consultants has estimated that when fully developed over the next 20 to 25 years, Innovation Campus could create 5,525 new jobs and grow Nebraska’s annual payroll by $267 million.

For more information about Nebraska Innovation Campus, visit innovate.unl.edu.

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