Aspects and Impacts of the Syrian Crisis

Water Scarcity, Human Security and Democratization

Aspects and Impacts of the Syrian Crisis

April 19 | Nebraska Innovation Campus

As a result of the civil conflict, threats to water and food security in Syria and surrounding nations are a daily reality. Join us for a one-day conference where we will learn from international experts about the refugee crisis and the ripple of humanitarian concerns.

“Water Scarcity, Human Security and Democratization: 
Aspects and Impacts of the Syrian Crisis”

Tuesday, April 19
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nebraska Innovation Campus – Conference Center
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Event highlights:

  • Keynote addresses and a panel discussion with experts on water issues in the Middle East, including governmental and nongovernmental agencies and academics
  • A conversation with University of Nebraska students about their recent trip to Jordan
  • The screening of Salam Neighbor, a documentary about Syrian refugees in Jordan.

The conference is free and open to the public. To attend, please register by April 11.

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Webinar: Cultivating Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities

Innovative Approaches to Strengthen Rural Entrepreneurship

Discussions of innovation, venture capital and other tech-based economic development topics often focus on metro areas, but rural communities throughout the country are developing novel approaches to TBED. Two of these organizations – the Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota and Business Oregon – will join SSTI on a special webinar discussing how TBED can achieve prosperity in non-metro regions.

To learn more about TBED efforts, join us for this month’s webinar: Cultivating Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities.

Cultivating Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities

Wednesday, March 23 at 3:00 P.M. ET
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Date: Wednesday, March 23
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 P.M. ET
Location: Online — Gather your colleagues around the conference table or from the comforts of home
Cost: $49 member, $69 non-members

Enacting a successful tech-based economic development strategy poses unique challenges in rural areas. Yet, with educational attainment rates lower and poverty rates higher than metro areas, there are clear motivations for striving to improve rural prosperity. During this month’s Inspiring Thought webinar, SSTI will host a conversation with some of the country’s successful and innovative rural TBED programs.


  • Bruce Gjovig, Entrepreneur Coach & Director of the Center for Innovation, University of North Dakota
  • Heather Stafford, Assistant Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Business Oregon
  • Catherine Renault (moderator), Principal and Owner, Innovation Policyworks LLC

Lincoln Envirorun

Lincoln Envirorun

March 30, 2015

Join with your colleagues-at-large on a fun four-mile run. Enjoy the scenery on the trails surrounding Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC), and network with other environmentally-minded people. The fun run is followed by the monthly Speaker Series.


5:30 p.m. – Envirorunners will meet at Nebraska Innovation Campus, Food Innovation Center (1901 North 21st Street, Room 111, Lincoln); there will be a place to store bags during the fun run. There is free parking in the lot across from the entrance.

6:30 p.m. – Anyone is welcome! Envirorun will return to NIC for a presentation from Rachael Herpel, Daugherty Water for Food Institute Assistant Director.

We look forward to seeing you Wednesday, March 30. Happy trails and happy networking, envirorunners!

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Shoemaker’s Article Accepted by Michigan Law Review

Professor Jessica Shoemaker’s recent article, Complexity’s Shadow: American Indian Property, Sovereignty, and the Future, has been accepted by the Michigan Law Review. The article offers a comprehensive approach to analyzing the modern American Indian land tenure system and explores particularly how the recent pattern of hyper-categorizing property and sovereignty interests into ever-more granular and interacting jurisdictional variables has exacerbated development and self-governance challenges in Indian Country.

Shoemaker presented, “The Complexity Problem in American Indian Land Tenure,” at the AALS Property Section breakfast on January 7, 2016, and “Beyond Consolidation: Rethinking Property and Sovereignty in Indian Country,” at the University of Arizona annual Tribal Lands Conference on January 25, 2016.

Shoemaker was also quoted discussing the dispute the Omaha Tribe is bringing before the Supreme Court. Listen here:


Community Development Week 2016…celebrate Nebraska communities success

MARCH 7, 2016 (LINCOLN, NEB.)–Mark your calendar to celebrate the 30th anniversary of National Community Development (CD) Week, March 28-April 2, 2016.

Community development efforts across Nebraska will focus on this year’s theme of “42 Years Building Strong Communities.”

The National Community Development Association initiated National CD Week in 1986 to remind Congress of the importance of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. In Nebraska, federal, state and local organizations have formed partnerships to support community development activities in recognition of CD Week.

Communities are invited to celebrate CD Week by hosting a variety of activities locally. Suggested activities include holding a proclamation signing by local officials, hosting a community appreciation dinner, working with downtown business owners to promote downtown and area businesses, and/or writing letters to congressional representatives to share achievements and express opinions about the resources and programs that help make community development projects possible.

In Nebraska, the Governor’s Showcase Community Award recognizes a community that has demonstrated an exceptional capacity during the past five to ten years to identify community development goals and strategies; combine federal, state and local resources to achieve those goals; and accomplish major projects with positive impacts on the community. The Governor’s Showcase Community Award will be announced at a special proclamation signing and awards ceremony during CD Week at the State Capitol in Lincoln.

For more information about CD Week, or the Showcase Community Award, visit, or contact Rebecca Schademann, CD Week Coordinator at 800-426-6505, (402) 471-3172, or e-mail

Business Innovation Conference 2016

When: April 20th | 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Hastings, NE | The Lark – 809 W 2nd St

Who: You, Your Team, Your Ideas!

What: Join us for a day of inspiring motivation for turning your creativity into innovation in the workplace. Learn how to create a culture of ideas and motion.

This conference will motivate, inspire and energize! It will be packed with useful information delivered in a fun, concise, mindful way.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Keck, UNL Raikes School of Computer Science

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Registration only $80 | Student Rate $50 | Discounted Rate for groups of 5 or more!
includes lunch & refreshments

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Experience the Entrepreneurial Communities Activation Process

Experience the Entrepreneurial Communities Activation Process,
ECAP for short!

 Monday, April 11 in Fremont, Dodge County Extension Office, 1206 W 23rd Street
Thursday, April 21 in North Platte, Lincoln County Extension Office, 348 West State Farm Road, North Platte

City and county leaders, non-profit board members, professionals and others involved in community and economic development, who desire to make communities better places to live and work, are invited to experience the Entrepreneurial Communities Activation Process. That’s ECAP for short!

The experience starts at 9:30 a.m.; the fun wraps up by 4:30 in the afternoon. To participate complete the registration form at by noon Thursday, April 6th.

ECAP is a unique community engagement process proven to get people creating new and exciting possibilities for a brighter future. The ECAP approach is built around eight characteristics deemed critical for retaining and attracting people.

An Ashland resident said, “I was new to the community when the ECAP process began, and I frankly can’t imagine a better way to get to know a community in a hurry. I feel a sense of connection to and investment that it might have taken me months or years to achieve without this process.”

While the eight characteristics aren’t necessarily new or different, successful communities manage them with new and different approaches – approaches that require risk-taking and challenge the status quo…approaches deemed as being out-of-the-box…or ENTREPRENEURIAL!!

Come and join Nebraska Extension and EXPERIENCE ECAP! Learn what it takes to bring ECAP to your community and how to lead the ECAP charge. The ECAP experience comes without a fee thanks to grant funding provided by the Rural Futures Institute. For more information about Nebraska Extension’s new Entrepreneurial Communities Activation Process, ECAP for short, contact:

Charlotte Narjes (402) 472-1724 |

Jessica Jones (402) 335-3669 |

Carroll Welte (402) 374-2954 |

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Gov. Ricketts Announces First Annual Governor’s Summit on Economic Development

“The summit will bring together Nebraskans who are dedicated to growing our state,” said Governor Ricketts.  “This event will provide an annual opportunity for Nebraska’s business and economic development community members to carry on a conversation about how to attract new businesses, retain existing ones, and create good-paying jobs for the next generation.”

This year, the Governor’s Summit will focus on the results of a study by SRI International regarding the state’s existing economic development programs.  SRI is a nonprofit, independent research center hired earlier this year to update and expand upon the Battelle Report, a similar study written for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development in October 2010.  SRI’s study will be finalized in conjunction with the summit.

“The state is continuously evaluating Nebraska’s business climate in areas that include taxes, regulatory issues, transportation, access to markets, supply chain, roads and infrastructure, and more,” said DED Director Courtney Dentlinger.  “We expect that SRI’s research results will help us break these areas down even further and find ways to streamline and perfect delivery systems, and target specific legislation that improves and expands on existing laws.”

At the summit, SRI will conduct several sessions focusing on findings from their study as related to the state’s target industries, housing and community development, and workforce and talent.  SRI will also offer an analysis of the state’s innovation ecosystem.

Lunch and keynote speaker Julie Curtin, executive vice president and partner at Development Counsellors International, will speak about how communities across Nebraska can build and implement talent attraction campaigns to attract and retain skilled talent.

“As Nebraska’s economy continues to prosper and diversify, making it one of the most stable in the country, there is a growing need for communities across the state to position not only available jobs, but the availability of a desirable lifestyle, great schools, rich and diverse cultural assets, and in many Nebraska communities—a cool, hip, millennial vibe that is attractive to so many in that targeted, skilled talent pool,” said Julie Curtin.

For more information on the Governor’s Summit, Nebraskans can contact Lori Shaal at 402-471-3780 or  Registration information will become available in the coming weeks.