Renowned author and University of California San Diego Educator Mary Lindenstein Walshok, Ph.D, will headline this year’s Annual Breakfast of the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development.  The event will be at 7:30 a.m. June 23, at the Cornhusker Marriott.

Walshok is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Pubic Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego.  She is the author of more than 100 articles and reports on regional innovation, the role of research institutions in regional economies and workforce development and is considered to be one of the key thought leaders on the subject matter of aligning workforce development and regional economic growth.  Her most recent book, “Closing America’s Job Gap” deals with the increasing gap between skilled workers and job openings in the US economy.

The economic development event is held each year to highlight the year’s economic development successes, present awards to those that have had a positive impact on economic development in Lincoln, and to hear from leading experts in various economic development areas.

Reservations can be made at www.LCOC .com.  Individual tickets are $35 and table sponsorships are available for $750.

Partnership Investment Brings Return

UNL economist estimates significant payback on LPED activities

Investment in the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development provides significant return to investors and the community.  That’s according to a study recently completed by Dr. Eric Thompson, Executive Director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Business Research.

Thompson estimated that for every $1 invested in the Partnership, there is an annual impact of $1,239 in business receipts based on a conservative estimate of $447.9 million in annual new business.  That also equates into 28 jobs for every $10,000 of investment to the organization as well as $70 new dollars of local government revenue for every $1 in investment.

Thompson analyzed the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development’s return on investment by measuring the impact of nearly 60 Partnership-assisted projects over a five-year period.

These projects either increased employment or generated private investment in buildings and equipment.

Thompson’s report showed that these numerous projects added over 1,000 jobs annually to the Lincoln economy, and an average of $38.4 million in new payroll for Lincoln’s economy.

The return on investment report concludes that businesses and investors are being positively impacted by investing in the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber’s mission is to improve the lives of Lincoln residents by providing increased economic opportunity and can only be accomplished together.  Networking opportunities, business advocacy, and creating economic viability are critical to our success.  We encourage you to become a member and help us achieve these goals for Lincoln.  For more information, please contact either Paul at 402-436-2350 or visit us online at