LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
Dividends Nebraska has gone through some major changes over the past year, beginning with our comprehensive rebrand (replacing the Nebraska Early Childhood Business Roundtable). Since then, we've also grown to include 111 members representing approximately 106 businesses and organizations statewide. Just this week, we've re-launched an enhanced website that will offer a wider range of usable information for our members in the months ahead.
One thing that hasn't changed is our mission to advance the business conversation about how high-quality early care and learning opportunities strengthen Nebraska's talent pipeline and promote economic development in communities statewide. It's our job to keep you informed about emerging issues in business, education and public policy related to the cultivation of tomorrow's workforce and the continued economic vitality of our state. But we need your feedback and input to help Dividends Nebraska to live up to its mission.
In the past, I've mostly relied upon casual emails to keep the Dividends membership up to date, but I'm particularly excited about the possibilities offered by our new email updates. The new format and platform will allow us to gather the input we need to continually sharpen our focus on the issues that matter to you the most. Our membership will have more opportunities to offer feedback through occasional polls, reaching out to us through the re-vamped Dividends website, or simply by contacting me directly by email.
Our overall goal is to ensure you're getting the most value for your membership in Dividends Nebraska, and the best way for us to achieve that is by building a lively and engaging conversation with our partners.
That being said, we understand that your time and attention is at a premium, and we intend to be respectful of that. You can expect to see a Dividends Nebraska update email once every few weeks, but you can also stay in the loop by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Naturally, don't hesitate to mention us to your professional colleagues and contacts so we can keep the conversation about early learning and economic development growing.
Drew K. Theophilus — Director, Dividends Nebraska