Nebraska Innovation Campus
Whereas, in addition to its historic role as the state's only public university providing education to prepare Nebraskans for life and work, the University of Nebraska is Nebraska's leading source of research and development, generating more than $330 million in R&D activity annually; and
Whereas, research-based public-private partnerships involving universities, the private sector and government have been demonstrated to serve as effective catalysts for regional innovation-based economic development, attracting entrepreneurs, faculty, students and new and knowledge-based businesses; and
Whereas, locating a public-private research and development campus on land contiguous to a major research university is essential to attracting private sector investment because such a location contributes significantly to success through internships and employment opportunities, faculty collaborations, graduate education opportunities, research agreements and other relationships among partners; and
Whereas, the only feasible location of adequate size for such a campus contiguous to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is on land currently designated as State Fair Park in Lincoln, Nebraska; and
Whereas, successful development of a public-private research and development campus in connection with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln would build on the research strengths of the University, including agriculture and life sciences, and thus leverage the research strength of the University for the benefit of all Nebraskans;
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska supports the acquisition of State Fair Park by the University of Nebraska for the purpose of developing a research and development campus that will encourage public-private partnerships, promote the attraction and creation of high-paying jobs in Nebraska, foster innovative research that will attract and keep talent in Nebraska, and serve as a major source of economic competitiveness in the 21st century.
And, whereas the University of Nebraska has been a long-time partner with the Nebraska State Fair in efforts to promote and showcase Nebraska agriculture, industry, commerce, and the arts, sciences and technology; and
Whereas the needs of the Nebraska State Fair are no longer best met by the present location;
Now, therefore, be it further resolved that the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska encourages the University of Nebraska administration, the State Fair Board, the Governor, the Legislature and other interested parties to work together to find a new location for the Fair so that it can continue its century long tradition of showcasing the best of Nebraska's agriculture, industry, commerce and the arts, sciences and technology, and supports the conveyance of the land currently known as State Fair Park to the University of Nebraska for a research and development campus.