Catherine Lang, J.D.

Community Innovation Fellow | State Director | Nebraska Business Development Center

University of Nebraska at Omaha



Catherine Lang leads the statewide outreach for the Nebraska Business Development Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and works to build new collaborative efforts across the University of Nebraska system to support the Center’s mission.

From 2014 to 2016, Lang was the Vice President of Accelerate Nebraska, a statewide organization connecting improved educational outcomes to local business needs for better careers and stronger communities.

Lang also served the State of Nebraska for almost 33 years. She was the Director of Nebraska Department of Economic Development (December 2011 to June 2014) and the Commissioner of Labor (September 2008 to June 2014). She was the Nebraska Property Tax Administrator from 1996 to 2007, and the Deputy Tax Commissioner from 2007 to 2008. As an involved state and community leader, she is a member of several local and state philanthropic and community organizations.

Research Interests

  • Rural business and community vitality
  • Small business support and sustainability after startup
  • Business transition and succession




  • Juris Doctor



  • SBA Small Business Development Center Grant
  • DLA Procurement Technical Assistance Grant
  • Federal and State Technology Partnership Program
  • Currently leading statewide US EDA University Center grant application to promote Entrepreneurship and Economic Development