Dear Fellow Nebraskan:
I’m eager for the 2013 legislative session to begin. I wanted to share some thoughts about District Three and the upcoming session as legislators prepare for next year. I’m working on ideas to further economic development and lower taxes, we have a lot of success to build on.
The groundbreaking for the new STRATCOM Headquarters was earlier this month. This project will lead to 400 new jobs, and strengthen the high-tech capacity of our military. District Three remains a great place to live for our Veterans and those currently serving. GI Jobs magazine rated Bellevue University and UNO among the top military friendly institutions nationally.
Governor Heineman announced that Fidelity Investments will be building a new data center in Papillion. The data center is a $200 million investment that will create 30 to 35 jobs. Senator Cornett’s LB1118, which I supported, was important in Fidelity’s decision to build in Papillion. My priority bill, LB1080 passed last session and will further job creation. Yahoo! announced plans for a new facility in Papillion after these bills were signed. CNN Money and Money Magazine ranked Sarpy County, Papillion, and Bellevue high nationally in categories of jobs and livability. Nebraska is sending a strong message that we will compete for high-tech jobs.
During the interim I looked into our transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, and toured a telephone company in Pierce. The tour was hosted by Senators Sullivan and Dubas, highlighting improvements in rural telecommunications. I took part in a briefing with the Department of Roads which included additional projects funded by LB84. I’m eager to see these improvements carried on in all areas of our state.
I’ve enjoyed seeing many of you at area events during the interim. I’ll be sharing your input with my colleagues as we prepare for the 2013 session. This is an exciting time for District Three! You help make this possible with your ongoing communications. I look forward to hearing from you soon.