Message from the Chair & President

Aksarben appropriately celebrates its rich 127-year history with significant involvement in every area, industry and leadership facet of the state. It is upon this rich history that we proceed to make positive changes looking forward.

Nebraskans focus more on results than on self-promotion, which is why other states come to mind first when thinking of creativity and innovation. Embracing change and knowing how to pivot are some of the qualities that continue to make both Nebraska and Aksarben unique, and we couldn’t be more proud of our state and the work we all are doing to
keep it strong.

Aksarben has always been about vision, impact, leadership, scale and – most importantly – Nebraska. Keeping the good of our state foremost in our thinking continues to dominate and shape the strategy of the Aksarben Foundation.

The work we’re doing across the state is making a difference, whether the projects in Northeast or Central Nebraska or industry-focused initiatives like the Nebraska Tech Collaborative. The Aksarben Foundation is working with a growing number of stakeholders to ensure Nebraska becomes, and remains, one of the most competitive states in the nation when it comes to talent, wages and overall quality of life – all of which are detailed in the forthcoming pages.

While it’s natural to reminisce with pride about our history, it’s invigorating to think about what comes next in addressing the work ahead. At the Aksarben Foundation, we pledge to continue convening stakeholders and developing partnerships to expand and sustain economic prosperity within the state. By working together as Nebraskans, we will achieve greater impact.

To read the full issue of the 2022 Spirit of Aksarben magazine, CLICK HERE.