Each summer, our team at the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce (lcoc.com) adapts to the season by adjusting our regular programming. And, while we pause our monthly forums and Face the Chamber events to accommodate the busy summer travel plans and family time of our members, our work to serve the Lincoln business community continues. Collectively, your Lincoln Chamber of Commerce team remains actively engaged on important projects and initiatives throughout the summer months.

One of our major summer initiatives is to provide interns and college age workers with valuable experiences and networking opportunities that will aid in their professional development and integration into the Lincoln community. This is accomplished through our engaging MyTern program, which was created as a platform for the hundreds of summer interns in Lincoln throughout the summer. This year, MyTern will offer a series of networking and professional development events scattered throughout June and July, which are free to attend thanks to the generous support of our program sponsors, Duncan Aviation and Lincoln Electric System. I encourage all business leaders with summer interns and college-aged workers to learn more about this impactful program by visiting myternklnk.com.

I have been thrilled to see the significant progress that is being made on the construction of the Sandhills Global Youth Complex. This facility is on track to be a premier venue for baseball and softball games beginning in 2025, reflecting our commitment to fostering youth sports and community engagement. The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce continues to support this project and looks forward to the opportunities it will bring to Lincoln for years to come.

Important steps are also being made by Assemble Lincoln on plans for a downtown Lincoln Convention Center. A key pillar of the Vitality Lincoln Strategic Plan, this project is crucial to enhancing Lincoln’s capacity to host events and conferences to boost our economic growth and development. The Lincoln Chamber and Visit Lincoln will continue to play an active role in this process throughout the summer and beyond, recognizing its significant need and economic impact.

In July, the Lincoln Chamber will host nearly 50 business and community members for an intercity visit to Boise, Idaho. This first ever, two-city intercity visit in collaboration with the Greater Topeka Partnership, aims to foster valuable professional relationships, share best practices and explore opportunities for initiatives that will significantly impact our community. I am eager to share the key takeaways with the Lincoln business community in the months ahead.

After wrapping up our three-part Congressional Forum events in June with our federal representatives, we are preparing to host the entire Nebraska delegation at our annual Federal Legislative Summit in August. This popular event, hosted in partnership with the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, will also feature a keynote address from Phil Wegmann of RealClear Politics. Registration information will be available soon.

We are excited to resume our normal program schedule in the fall and look forward to sharing our progress and achievements with you. The dedication and leadership of our members and the Lincoln business community is what drives our success, and we wish each of you an enjoyable summer season.