Today, the Agriculture Committee made an important decision about Nebraska’s future. By voting to make property next to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln available for a research and development campus, the committee recognized that the best use of this land is to encourage innovation, research and private investment that can create new jobs for Nebraska. I commend Chairman Phil Erdman and members of the committee for the careful consideration and thoughtful deliberation they have given to this issue.
The State Fair and the University of Nebraska are two historic and important institutions. I am confident that a State Fair in Grand Island will showcase the best of Nebraska agriculture, industry, commerce and the arts. The university has been, and will continue to be, actively involved in many aspects of the Fair, including our 4-H program that serves more than 120,000 young people.
The University's Innovation Campus will play an key role in attracting new talent to Nebraska, fostering innovative research that is aligned with the needs of the state and building partnerships with the private sector. The university’s potential to contribute to the state’s economic future will be greatly enhanced by this action.
We encourage the full Legislature to act favorably on this legislation.