First Annual Western Nebraska Manufacturing & Distribution Summit

First Annual Western Nebraska

Manufacturing & Distribution Summit

(Includes Complementary Breakfast & Lunch for up to 3 people per organization)


Thursday, October 12, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Registration 8:30 a.m.

WNCC John N. Harms Center

2620 College Park Drive, Scottsbluff, NE

Hosted by City of Scottsbluff Economic Development and Western Nebraska Community College

Sponsored by Black Hills Energy, Nebraska Public Power District, City of Scottsbluff and WNCC



8:30 a.m.      Registration

9:00 a.m.      Continental Breakfast and Welcome - Starr Lehl, City of Scottsbluff Economic Development Director and Doug Mader, Workforce Development Director, WNCC

9:10 a.m.      Remarks – Dan Curran, Deputy Director, Nebraska Department of Economic Development – Nebraska Economic Outlook and Future on Manufacturing

9:45 a.m.      Service Providers Panel:  What Can We Do For You? – Matthew Jorgensen, Nebraska Manufacturing Partnership, Marla Marx, USDA Rural Development, Dan Curran, Nebr. Dept. of Economic Development, Pat Comfort, Nebr. Dept. of Labor

10:45 a.m.   Networking Break & Lunch Buffet

11:30 a.m.   Education Panel:  Training The Next Generation of Manufacturing Workers – Dan Phillips, Director of Career Pathways Institute - Grand Island Public Schools, Justin Shaddick, Assistant Principal - Scottsbluff High School, Shawn Seiler, Assistant Principal - Gering High School, Chris Arent, Principal - Sidney High School

1:00 p.m.      WNCC Training & Education Opportunities  – Dan Joppa, Advanced Manufacturing Instructor/OSHA General Industry Trainer, Russ Pontarolo, Welding Technology Instructor/Applied Technologies Lead, Doug Mader, Director of Workforce Development

2:15 p.m.      Wrap Up and Close


Please RSVP by Thursday, October 5th to Starr Lehl at or (308) 630-6213