This is a standing committee that is responsible for:

  • Connecting local and regional business, education and economic development initiatives
  • Promoting sector strategies for target industries
  • Promoting partnerships within the local and regional one stop systems and American Job Center
  • Developing service strategies for specific populations such as youth, offenders and individuals with disabilities

These meetings are not open to the public as this committee only makes recommendations to the workforce board. Non-board members can and do serve on this committee. If you would like to get involved, contact the workforce administrator, Dylan Wren, at

Current Members


  • Jacquelyn Miller, Nebraska VR

Board Members

  • Ashley Krajewski, Spreetail
  • Bryan Seck, Kawasaki
  • Connie Daily, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Heather Loughman, Community Action Partnership for Lancaster and Saunders Counties
  • Cristina Thaut, Adult Education at Southeast Community College
  • Chelsea Reller, Talent + 

Non-board Members

  • Marguerite Himmelberg, Southeast Community College
  • Travis Beck, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jennifer Williams, Office of Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird

Priorities of the Committee

  • Support the stabilization/development of the basics in workforce
  • Connect with employers
  • Develop a story board – what we do and why & data benchmarks
  • Work together with economic development

Meeting Materials

January 19, 2023

April 20, 2023

July 20, 2023

April 14, 2022

January 13, 2022

October 14, 2021

July 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

January 14, 2021

March 9, 2020

Public sector partnership

The workforce board will work with the other local areas to develop industry sector strategies within the region. The Strategic Initiatives Committee in partnership with Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development will develop sector strategies. Strategies will align with the development of the career pathways. These sector strategies will help individuals with barriers to employment enter the labor market and support and strengthen employers. Individuals with barriers to employment include Veterans, low-income individuals, individuals who speak English as a second language, single parents, farmworkers, in-school and out-of-school youth, the unemployed and other disadvantaged populations.

Though the use of customized and incumbent worker training funds, the following employers have received matching funds from the workforce board to maintain, grow their business, and support sector strategies.

Employer/Group Approved Award Amount Funding Source Employees/Potential Employees Served Match Rate
Lincoln Manufacturing Council April 29, 2021 $20,700.00 Customized/ Adult 60 50%
Nelnet Diversified Solutions, LLC April 29, 2021 $62,000.00 Incumbent Worker/ Dislocated Worker 15 50%
Echo December 21, 2021 $66,620.00 Workforce Preparation/Adult 15-20 N/A
Kawasaki December 21, 2021 $18,000.00 Incumbent Worker/ Adult 30 50%
Educare of Lincoln January 27, 2022 $20,600.00 Customized/ Adult 5 50%
Tabitha January 27, 2022 $29,012.74 Customized/Incumbent Worker
Adult/Dislocated Worker
24 50%
Garner Industries April 28, 2022 $12,810.00 Incumbent Worker/ Adult  24 50%
Kawasaki April 28, 2022 $25,620.00 Incumbent Worker/ Adult  60 50%
Kawasaki April 28, 2022 $6,000.00 Incumbent Worker/ Adult  11 50%
Instinct Pet Food April 28, 2022 $37,170.00 Incumbent Worker/ Adult  108 50%
Five Nines Technology Group April 28, 2022 $39,600.00 Customized/ Adult  6-8 50%
Educare Lincoln August 31, 2022 $8,832.83 Customized/Incumbent Worker 5 75%
Tabitha August 31, 2022 $13,280.00 Customized/Incumbent Worker 20 50%
The workforce board works closely with Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and is a proud member of the Wahoo Chamber of Commerce and Ashland Area Economic Development Corporation.

Career pathways

To support our participants in achieving economic independence, the development of career pathways is key. This model truly empowers participants to thrive in work. The Strategic initiatives Committee has worked with workforce partners and employers to create four career pathways in the following sectors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agribusiness and Natural Resources (especially positions addressing conservation and energy efficiency)
  • Healthcare
  • Technology


The workforce board will work with plan partners to identify barriers for job seekers and workers (including unemployed workers), Veterans, and individuals with barriers to employment from participating in the workforce including the acquisition of skills and knowledge that create career pathways. The Strategic initiatives Committee will work to identify five or more barriers to participation and address those barriers.

Continuous Improvement Study

The workforce board has complete evaluation of service delivery at the American Job Center including engagement with service provider staff, American Job Center network partners, job seekers, and employers to better understand what is working and what may need improvement. The workforce board must ensure that all customers receive services in an equitable, efficient, and meaningful manner. We desire to create a customer-centric service delivery strategy. As the labor market environment is rapidity evolving, we will step up and constantly look for new ways to innovate on behalf of the public.

Youth Program Initiatives

Enhance youth employment opportunities by expanding partnerships with businesses, schools, and other community organizations. The workforce board plans to increase promotion of the program through allowable outreach efforts. We will build stronger partnerships with Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, school counselors, and other youth programs, including those from state agencies. We will keep a focus on issues of race, equity, inclusion, and diversity. We aim to make the program elements as “work-like” as possible to help build soft skills, industry knowledge, and financial literacy. We will show and talk about success stories with more employers.