When it comes to ways to improve their state, Nebraskans have a lot of ideas.
The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s forward-looking initiative, Forging Nebraska’s Future, is receiving a lot of suggestions for ways to make the state a better place to live, work and play.
After being gathered online at NebraskaIdeas.com, the collection of ideas will be narrowed early next year to 100, then to a top five, says Richard Baier, a former Nebraska director of economic development who’s helping lead the initiative.
The State Chamber, partnering with elected officials, state and local leaders and other organizations, says it will then develop action plans. Funding would depend on the idea, Baier said. It could come from nonprofits, community groups, private donors or government organizations, and financial feasibility will be considered.
So far, the ideas run the gamut from mild to wild, on topics ranging from such fundamental government issues as taxes, to suggestions for improving the quality of life.
Not all are practical, of course. But the effort is drawing considerable interest among Nebraska residents. So far, more than 400 ideas have been offered in 10 broad subject areas. Each is available for review, and Nebraskans can “second” a suggestion and offer their comments for improving it.
Got a good idea? The deadline for submitting it is Dec. 15.