Nebraska Economics and Business Association (NEBA) is involved with issues and research on economics and business topics in general, and also focuses on issues and research related to the economy of the Great Plains.

Officers, 2020

President: Brian Williams
President Elect: Merrill Johnson
Past-President: Allan Jenkins
Secrty/Treasurer: Dave Carpenter
Editor, Econ and Business
John Tiner

Executive Board Members:
Jennifer Bossard
   Doane College
Dave Carpenter
   Hastings College
Meenakshi Dalal
   Wayne State College
Chris Decker
   University of NE-Omaha
Erwin Erhardt III
   University of Cincinnati
Joyce Gleason
   Nebraska Wesleyan Univ., Ret.
Stephen Horner
   Pittsburg State University
Daniel Janke
   USDA Rural Dev Bus Prog
Allan Jenkins
   University of NE - Kearney
Merrill Johnson
   Bellevue University
Ron Konecny
   University of NE-Kearney
Jack Kramer
   Hastings College, Ret.
Ken Kriz
   Wichita State Univ.
Kenneth Lemke
   Nebr. Public Power District
Sam Nelson
   University of NE-Lincoln
Michael O'Hara
   University of NE-Omaha
Dave Palmer
   South Dakota State
Janet Scott
   Southeast Community Coll
Bill Snyder
   Peru State College, Ret.
Kim Sosin
   University of NE-Omaha, Ret.
Eric Thompson
   University of NE-Lincoln
John W Tiner
Brian Williams
   NPPD, Columbus NE
Kathleen Zumpfe
   Doane University

The 2021 Great Plains Economics and Business Conference

Theme: Enhancing the Great Plains Work Force
Date: Friday, October 29, 2021
Location: Bellevue University Campus,
  John Muller Administrative Services Building,
  Symposium Room--lower level, 812 Bruin Blvd., Bellevue NE 68005
   Driving Directions to the Conference.
Planners: Merrill Johnson, President-Elect, Eric Thompson, Janet Scott, and Erwin F. Erhardt, III.

TIME TO REGISTER for the conference: Here is the registration form for this year's NEBA conference scheduled on Friday, October 29, 2021, 8 a.m.-- 5 p.m. at Bellevue University in the John B. Muller Administrative Services Building at 812 Bruin Blvd., Bellevue, Nebraska. This year's conference will feature student papers, research papers, luncheon co-speakers from AIM Institute discussing the tech workforce, and a panel discussion on the Hemp industry.

The attached 2-page registration form gives you the opportunity to select your lunch menu choice, indicate your interest in a social gathering the night before at the Upstream Brewery in the Omaha Old Market area, and information on special conference hotel pricing. Your early registration will aid the Planning Committee who have worked hard to put on an interesting conference.

Bellevue University Policy on Covid-19: Beginning on August 1, 2021, Bellevue University resumed normal campus operations with 100% capacity. Those who are not vaccinated, fully vaccinated and/or have underlying health conditions should continue to wear masks while on the Bellevue University campus. Masks are optional for those that are vaccinated. Mask policy is subject to change. For future updates on the campus' mask policy, please consult the NEBA website ( or Bellevue University.
Topic: Leading Through Change with Technology and Innovation
The luncheon speakers for this year's Great Plains Economic and Business Association (NEBA) Conference on October 29th are Monika Philp, Director of Leadership Development and Tony Veland, Business Development Director, both from the , AIM Institute.

Born in a small town in Poland, Monika Philp came to the U.S. through a diversity visa lottery program. She attended Columbia College and majored in media marketing with a minor in public relations. Philp is a wife, mother, community builder, tech advocate and executive coach. . She is passionate about connecting communities, inspiring leaders and helping people grow beyond their limiting beliefs. Philp is currently the director of tech leadership development at AIM Institute, an innovative nonprofit whose mission is to grow a strong and diverse tech community through education, career development and outreach. In her current position, she continues to connect, empower, educate and give back to the community. She is an active community builder and co-organizer of Women In Technology of the Heartland Meetup group.

Tony Veland, the Director of Business Development for the AIM Institute, is an Omaha native who is known for his past accomplishments in the sports arena as former Nebraska Cornhusker and Denver Bronco. As a two-time National Champion and a Super Bowl Champion, he has experienced success at the highest levels, and he loves to use his platform to encourage the next generation to be successful in life beyond the areas of athletics. The AIM Institute helps to accomplish this as they provide exposure to a growing technology industry that abounds in opportunity. With the mission being to increase the tech talent pipeline, they have created platforms for individuals of all ages to take advantage. Tony speaks to the impact they are having in the community and the ways that an individual or business can get involved.

Panel Discussion:
A Discussion of the Issues Impacting the Hemp Industry in Nebraska
This panel discussion, in part, will focus on the Delta 8 THC issue, and explain why the chemistry of hemp makes it useful for so many products. In addition, there will be a larger conversation about the potential economic impact of the industry and the constraints holding it back from further development in the State of Nebraska.
Mahesh Pattabiraman, Ph.D., Professor, Organic Chemistry, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Allan Jenkins, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Eric Thompson, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Conference Hotel: Courtyard-Marriott Omaha Old Market, 101 S. 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68201. We have reserved a block of rooms for our conference for October 28 and 29th, 2021 at a 'conference rate' of $99.00 per night.
Reservations at the conference rate must be made by October 8th, 2021. To reserve a room, please use the this link.

There will be a Pre-Conference Social Gathering at the Upstream Brewery, Old Market District, on Thursday evening October 28th, from 6:00-8:00 PM. The address is 514 S. 11th St. Omaha, NE 68102 (each guest is responsible for their own meal).

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