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Date:
November 21, 2007
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BEUTLER NAMES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AIDE

Mayor Chris Beutler today named Mike Lang as an aide for economic development in his office. Lang has been the Director of Business Retention and Expansion for the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (LPED) since June 2006. He previously worked for the Lincoln Electric System (LES) for 23 years. He will begin work in the Mayor’s Office February 1.

"The addition of Mike to our team is another step forward in my plan to energize the City’s economic development efforts," said Beutler. "We need to create the right conditions for growth so employers will locate and expand in Lincoln."

Lang said he will focus on recruiting, retaining and expanding “primary” employers – those who export at least half of their products or services outside of the local economy. "This is the area in which we can have the greatest impact because it means bringing outside dollars into our community," said Lang. "I believe in Lincoln and in its future, and I look forward to the challenge of making our economic development efforts even more successful."

Beutler said Lang’s primary duty will be to implement the centralized development services center. "As a long-time economic development professional in this community, Mike understands what needs to be done to cut red tape and smooth the process for job creation. He also has a strong track record of working with existing businesses to expand."

At LPED, Lang said he worked closely with businesses and community organizations on retention and expansion activities. At LES, he held the first full-time position created for economic development at the utility. Lang has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Doane College and a master’s in community and regional planning from UNL.

"Mike has the skills we need to take our economic development efforts to the next level," said Beutler. "With the creation of the MOVE Council to examine policy and plan for the future and the work of Dave Landis as Urban Development Director, we already are making great progress." Beuter created the MOVE (Mayor’s Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy) Council in May. Former State Senator Landis has been City Urban Development Director since June 1.

Lang’s position will be funded by the City and Lancaster County.


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