The Blueprint Nebraska initiative has begun the next phase of its work by launching a revamped website and survey, and hitting the road for communities across the state. 

The Blueprint Nebraska Community Survey is designed to solicit input from state residents on Nebraska's current economic strengths, weaknesses and prospects for improvement. Not unlike the online component of the State Chamber's Forging Nebraska's Future project (2011-2012), the Blueprint Nebraska survey enables users to offer their impressions on key aspects of the economic landscape including agriculture, banking/finance, community vitality, healthcare, housing, taxation/incentives and workforce, among other issues. Survey participants are also given the opportunity to select three issue areas on which to provide more detailed feedback. The entire process takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Blueprint Nebraska has also kicked off its road tour to meet with interested citizens and community leaders statewide. The tour, which will visit at least 30 communities, began this week in Ogallala and Sidney (8/29), followed by North Platte and York (8/30).  As of today, upcoming dates/locations include:

  • SEPTEMBER 5: WAHOO [11:30 a.m. | Heritage Inn | 950 N Chestnut St.]
  • SEPTEMBER 6: SOUTH SIOUX CITY [11:30 a.m.| Location TBA]
  • SEPTEMBER 10: ORD [12:00 p.m. | Central Community College-Ord Learning Center |  1514 K St.]

Be sure to visit the Blueprint Nebraska website, Facebook and Twitter pages for additional dates, locations and registration information.

This is an important opportunity to keep quality early care and learning part of the local and statewide conversation about Nebraska's prosperity and growth. That means communicating clearly and accurately about early childhood programming as a key part of our economic infrastructure. If we want to maximize the productivity of Nebraska's existing workforce, attract new talent, jobs and industry, as well as cultivate a robust and marketable future workforce, Nebraska needs to do more than think big. We also have to think small.  

Because big things have small beginnings.