Media Advisory: Gov. Heineman, Gallup’s Clifton among featured speakers at NU Board of Regents workshop on innovation and economic competitiveness
Gov. Dave Heineman and Gallup CEO Jim Clifton are among the featured speakers at a Board of Regents workshop on engagement in the innovation economy to be held Thursday, Nov. 17, in Lincoln.

The workshop will begin at 8 a.m. at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 1800 N. 33rd St. Members of the media are welcome to attend all sessions. The workshop will focus on a variety of issues related to innovation and economic competitiveness, including job creation, entrepreneurship, talent development and the role public universities can play in these efforts.

Clifton, who attended the University of Nebraska, will discuss his new book The Coming Jobs War beginning at 8:30 a.m. Clifton is joining the workshop via videoconference.

Reflections from panels of Nebraska entrepreneurs and business leaders will follow. Panel discussions will be moderated by Jim Linder, NU senior associate to the president for innovation and economic competitiveness and president of the University Technology Development Corp. A lunch featuring Gov. Heineman begins at 11:30 a.m. Heineman, this year’s chair of the National Governors Association, will discuss his signature initiative, Growing State Economies. The initiative includes a series of regional summits, including one in Omaha next spring.

Omaha also will be the site of the summer 2012 meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity. NU President James B. Milliken became CICEP chair yesterday during APLU’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Among Milliken’s goals as CICEP chair is engaging the nation’s governors in the two groups’ shared goal of economic growth.

The workshop will adjourn at 12:45 p.m. The workshop is not a formal meeting of the Board; therefore, the Board will not vote on any items.

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