BEATRICE – Nebraska will be using a five-year strategic plan to emphasize international trade and relations. The plan is the result of the creation of the Governor’s Council on Foreign Relations.
Governor Pete Ricketts said during a Wednesday news conference that international trade is big, for Nebraska.
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Ricketts said it’s important that members of various sectors and organizations combine their efforts to promote exports and foreign investment in Nebraska.
Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe noted that 95% of the world’s population exists outside the United States.
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Six components of the strategic plan include coordinating trade missions over the next five years…educating companies about international trade opportunities…seeking additional foreign investment in Nebraska…creating a goodwill ambassador network…engaging with international students in Nebraska higher learning institutions….and working with the Nebraska Tourism Division to promote Nebraska’s global brand. University of Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie Green says the university system has a strong international flavor.
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Some thirty organizations have been involved in the effort to form the strategic plan.