Lack of available talent, in addition to factors that heavily impact community population growth, dominate the priorities of community business leaders going into the new year, according to an informal study by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce.

These results of a summer of member surveys and listening sessions in 10 communities are published as, “Help Wanted: Solving Nebraska’s Workforce Crisis.”

“It’s almost all about people – where they want to work, what they need, what they enjoy, and what makes them stay,” said Nebraska Chamber President Bryan Slone said. “This summit is one way we are telling our members and community leaders that we hear you loud and clear, and we are mobilizing even more to help.”

About 300 community business leaders weighed in on top issues or opportunities impacting growth of their businesses and communities. When asked to rank their top 3-5 challenges and opportunities, 92% of participants put skilled workforce on the list. Housing was 67%, education and childcare at 54%, and recreation at 50% topped the list of challenges facing communities.

Factors such as technology, regulation and taxes, and infrastructure also weigh heavily on the minds of business leaders.

The NE Chamber is the largest, statewide business association and Nebraska’s affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. It has proudly served as the voice of Nebraska’s business community since 1912.

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