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L I N CO L N C H A M B E R O F CO M M E R C E Shared Connection. Shared Passion.





By November 2017

By November 2018

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Celebrations of Success Signal Record Growth in Lincoln

Last year, close to 100 ribbon cuttings marked the completion of many major projects in Lincoln. This exclusive benefit of membership allows the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce to play a major role in promoting positive business achievements and investment in the community. Chamber members know the road to success is always under construction.

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Bryan Health 5055 Building

Southeast Community College


Lincoln R&D Center

Great Plains Culinary Institute

to get a 1 Place job in America


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83 Ribbon Cuttings


Retention Rate

Silverhawk Aviation New Hanger

1 City for Job Seekers


—• Forbes


1700+ Members

Nature's Variety Production Facility




Beyond Silicon Valley: 5 Up-and-Coming Tech Hotspots. —•

Over 127,000

Website Views

220,695 206 New Members


Meetings and Events Each Year

Twitter Impressions


Relocation Packets Sent

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) held their annual convention this year from July 17-20 in Des Moines, Iowa with thousands of representatives from across various cities in the United States and Canada in attendance. While it's a great venue to recognize and reward chambers for their hard work in promoting their respective cities, it's also a significant event for those gathered to share ideas and collaborate on how to improve our cities as well. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the ACCE presents awards in Communications Excellence among its more than 1,300 Chambers of Commerce. The marketing work of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is vital to attract not only tourism, but businesses that are looking for new opportunities. The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce was honored to take home three Awards of Excellence from the ACCE! Communications campaigns highlighting the great Solar Eclipse, Lincoln's Young Professionals Week and the Lincoln Beer Tour were chosen as winners by the ACCE. The diverse events and campaigns ultimately show how fortunate we are to have great inspirations and events to showcase. We truly have a talented and hardworking team at the Chamber, but it wouldn't be possible without the great events and ideas that Lincoln fully embraces.

Lincoln Eclipse Street Signs

YP Week

Lincoln Beer Tour

Celebrate Business Awards

In 2018, the Celebrate Business Awards recognized the valuable contributions businesses made to our community and celebrated both business and individual lifetime achievements. This event, in its 22nd year, honored Lincoln's finest. Burnham Yates Citizenship Award Rich Herink


Roger T. Larson Community Builder Award Scott Young

Cornerstone Award Spreetail

Small Business of the Year Strictly Business Magazine

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Don’t Panic Labs

Manufacturer of the Year Zoetis

Green Business of the Year SCHEELS

Tourism Development Award Lancaster Event Center


Lincoln Chamber of Commerce was honored to take home three Awards of Excellence from the ACCE!


They're Baaaaaack!

Our seasonal signs have been a huge hit within the community over the past few years and we were excited to revive this creative campaign, just as the Nebraska football and volleyball seasons start up for 2018. For this batch of signs, we used ten different designs that have familiar Big Red football and volleyball themes and placed them at various points throughout the downtown and Haymarket areas. The seasonal signs continue to be a fun way for people to take somewhat of a scavenger hunt around downtown and the Haymarket, making for an engaging activity that the entire family can enjoy. We hope to continue to produce sign campaigns as a pleasant surprise that makes your day just a little bit better.

The Lincoln Chamber is YOUR Voice for Business

The Lincoln Chamber is committed to being at the table to build consensus. We promote job growth, business investment and help keep our local economy strong. These efforts will serve to improve our competitiveness. We appreciate local, state and federal leaders working collaboratively and including us in discussions to better the citizens of Lincoln and all of Nebraska. Supported the call for more street funding LOCAL ISSUE

Diligently worked with partners on the Citizens Transportation Coalition, to forge consensus and more cooperation addressing infrastructure issues in Lincoln and Lancaster county.

In progress

Autonomous Vehicle Legislation LB 989 FEDERAL ISSUE

Championed passage of legislation by Senator Anna Wishart that established Nebraska as a leader in autonomous vehicle technology.


Fought against tax increases and shifts LOCAL ISSUE

We were actively involved in efforts to make our state's tax climate as competitive as possible working closely with the Greater Omaha Chamber and Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry. These efforts are critically important for our state, city and members.

In Progress

Supported expanded air service LOCAL ISSUE

Supported the Lincoln Airport Authority’s efforts to gather business travel information straight from the source—the public. In partnering with the Lincoln Airport, the Chamber hopes we will continue to serve the needs of Lincoln’s business community.

In Progress

Supported efforts to streamline regulatory processes LB 271 (Hilgers) STATE ISSUE

Supported legislation to streamline the environmental process for the Nebraska Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This added $20 million annually for needed roads and infrastructure improvement projects. This is helping not only our members and their businesses, but every Nebraskan as well.


The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Lincoln Economic Dashboard, a project in the category of Annual Report from the IEDC. The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held September 29 through October 3, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Lincoln Economic Dashboard was created to illustrate Lincoln’s economic status and progress against comparable regions. Quantifiable measures of economic competitiveness and quality of life were chosen Lincoln Dashboard to benchmark Lincoln’s performance against several peer and aspirational communities throughout the nation. The comparable cities were chosen as either peers (those with similar populations, major universities/state capitals) or aspirational (communities that are somewhat larger and have population growth, business activity and successes that Lincoln aspires to emulate).

Creation of LaunchLNK Grant

LaunchLNK helps early stage startups get established and grow in Lincoln, Nebraska. We provide qualifying startups with a $25,000 grant, connections to potential sources of additional capital and mentors and introductions to local corporations who may become early customers or partners. Qualifying startups must locate their headquarters in Lincoln for at least one year. With this level of support and the unique advantages that Lincoln offers, startup founders have a greater chance of transforming their young businesses into thriving companies.


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Director of Workforce Position/Prosper Lincoln Initiative

The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development has named Bryan Seck the director of workforce development. Seck will continue a successful career connecting businesses to agencies that serve people in the community. As the employment skills developer with Prosper Lincoln, he helped create EmployLNK, a collaborative group of workforce development agencies to build efficient communication with businesses. Previously, he served as the Homeless Outreach Specialist at Lincoln Public Schools where he worked with more than 500 homeless students each year. Seck is a valuable and recognized member of the community, who has also served in the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan in addition to time living in New York City and Washington D.C. He holds a master's degree in Public Administration from New York University and serves on the boards of Educare, Child Advocacy Center, Lincoln Suicide Prevention Coalition, Nonprofit Hub and the Homeless Coalition. In his new role, Seck will continue Prosper Lincoln initiatives to help those looking to make the transition from part-time jobs to full-time careers.


International Economic Development Council (IEDC)—Gold Excellence Award


Shipment of 1st Boeing 777X Cargo Door From Kawasaki

On the heels of successful trade missions and the 50th Annual Midwest U.S.–Japan Conference, Japanese officials were in Lincoln in September to see Kawasaki put the finishing touches on their first Boeing 777X cargo door. They spent upwards of $12 million renovating areas of their Lincoln plant to increase production in their new Aerospace Division, which has been operating since May 2017. With a solid and quite successful trade relationship established between the two countries, Nebraska continues to reap the benefits of foreign investment in the state. Kawasaki Lincoln serves as the company’s largest plant in the United States. As the growth continues with cargo door production and other aerospace ventures, Lincoln will remain a key area for Japanese investment.

5th Annual YP Week

Lincoln Specialty Care Connects the Medical Community to You Formed in 1988, Lincoln Specialty Care is a cooperative effort of the Lincoln LINCOLN, NEBRASKA Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln medical community to promote Lincoln's wide array of medical resources to greater Nebraska and surrounding states. Specialty Care obtains funding through Lincoln hospitals, health care facilities and participating physician specialists. The goal of the program is twofold: first, to establish Lincoln as the preferred referral center for these outlying areas, and second, to provide resources, including the Physicians Directory, that facilitate those referrals. The online directory can be found at 2019



Lincoln Specialty Care | P.O. Box 83006 | Lincoln, NE 68501 | 402.436.2350

Lincoln Young Professionals Group (YPG) celebrated its 5th Annual YP Week during a week-long series of carefully curated speakers, discussion panels, workshops and networking opportunities that celebrate the talent, insight and energy of the vibrant young professionals in Lincoln, Nebraska.

YP Week 2018 was a huge success. Twelve dynamic events were held throughout the week, multiple events were sold out and over 500 attendees came out to participate in conversations that matter in our community. YP Week kicked off with the signature event, a presentation from Angel Rich at the Rococo Theatre. Rich is an entrepreneur, author and innovator whose drive and creative thinking has earned her the title “Wealth Pioneer.” Young Professionals from many different industries had some friendly competition and discussed important topics such as community involvement, placemaking, entrepreneurship, stereotypes and diversity. This week was full of inspiration, conversation, courage and creativity that has the potential to lead to future contributions for Lincoln. Lincoln YPG serves as a hub to engage young professionals in the community. It has grown to be the largest in the state of Nebraska and according to site selectors–one of the top ten largest groups by the numbers in the country. Serving over 1700+ members, YPG capitalizes on the dynamic talents of Lincoln’s young professionals.

One area that continues to see an increase in tourism is the popular craft beer industry. According to the Brewers Association, the average craft drinker in 2018 will visit between three and four breweries near their homes and another two to three breweries or taprooms within two hours driving distance. With over 6,000 breweries nationwide in 2017 providing a nearly $68 billion contribution to the U.S. economy, craft brewing continues to surge. Beer tourism continues to boom nationwide and it’s no surprise that Lincoln has embraced the trend. According to the Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild and the Brewers Association, Nebraska now has over 40 craft breweries and counting. The breweries in Lincoln are also becoming big parts of the community by giving back to local philanthropic efforts by partnering with various organizations across the city to champion their causes while also providing a place for people to gather and enjoy themselves in relaxed atmospheres. Whether you like pilsners, saisons, barrel-aged stouts or something in between, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Lodging Tax Records

From a numbers standpoint, 2018 got off to a tremendous start for the CVB in terms of lodging tax collected, which ultimately set the tone for a successful year overall. January 2018 saw the county collect record lodging tax numbers, as did the months of March and June. The three months were well above 2017 totals for the corresponding months and set new highs for those respective months.

By November 2017

By November 2018

rooms booked

rooms booked

68,114 109,991

5 ft tall Abraham Lincoln Bobblehead at the Visitors Center

Last year, the Lincoln Visitors Center introduced over 10,000 visitors to Lincoln. Each visitor takes away something from the city that resonates with them. For some it is the rush of attending a game at Memorial Stadium, for others it's enjoying a show at the Lied Center, but now there is something new for visitors to see! Lincoln's bobblehead Abe is housed at our Visitors Center located in the heart of the Historic Haymarket (7th & P Streets in the Lincoln Station). We unveiled the Lincoln bobblehead on February 12th in honor of our city's namesake and in 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW celebration of Abraham Lincoln's 209th birthday.


The winner of our social media photo contest was Camp Way. 1700+AMembers

Ribbon Cuttings


2nd Annual Craft Beer Tour

Over 127,000

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220,695 206 New Members

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It’s not just who you know, it’s who others know. Networking is powerful! Stand out and get noticed as an active member of the Lincoln community. Your reputation matters! Chamber membership is respected by the community. Quality educational opportunities including leadership and business training are available throughout the year. We advocate on your behalf! Gain a say in what happens through the chamber’s advocacy efforts.

Join your fellow business owners and be part of something that matters. Jaime Henning

Senior Director of Membership 402.436.2366

Laurie Dunn

Investor Relations 402.437.7835

Eddie Brown

Investor Relations 402.436.2357

Kathy Hale-Lyons Investor Relations 402.436.2385



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