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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
February 25, 2002
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Lincoln and Omaha Mayors to Host Economic Summit

Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely and Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey announced today that they will host a joint city Economic Summit March 13th at Mahoney State Park. Participants will include government leadership and economic development, business and labor officials from both cities.

"Both of our communities are seeing job losses and lower sales tax revenue due to the nationwide economic slowdown," said Mayor Wesely. "With this Summit, we hope to fully assess the current situation and develop a strategy on how our two communities can work together and with the State to address the important economic development issues we face."

"We don't have to simply accept the slowing economy," said Mayor Fahey. "By working together, business, government and education leaders from Omaha and Lincoln can smooth the bumps in the road. Tough times call for creative solutions."

"Lincoln and Omaha represent over one-third of the state’s total population," said Mayor Wesely. "Lincoln and Omaha, as well as the rest of Nebraska, are in this economic downturn together, and we need to work together with the State to do all we can to assist companies and their employees through these tough economic times."

Complete details of the meeting will be released when they are finalized.

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