CSG Entrepreneurship Days: Nebraska

The Council of State Governments, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, hosted a discussion on Arpil 2, 2014 in the Nebraska Capitol that featured experts, practitioners and national thought leaders exploring state-based solutions for increased entrepreneurship. Attendees learned about the latest research on the importance of entrepreneurship to economic growth and innovative policy strategies to encourage entrepreneurship. Meeting materials are available for download below.

  Download the session information flyer in PDF

  Download the agenda in PDF



Dane Stangler - Vice President of Research and Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Dane Stangler is vice president of Research & Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In this capacity, Stangler leads the Research & Policy department and serves on the senior leadership team. He also provides research and writing on a variety of subjects, including entrepreneurship and cities. He initiated and manages the Kauffman Foundation Research Series on Firm Formation and Economic Growth, and contributes to the blog, Growthology. He also represents the Foundation by speaking at meetings and conferences around the country.

  Download Dane Stangler's PowerPoint Presentation in PDF


Yasuyuki Motoyama - Senior Scholar, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Yasuyuki (Yas) Motoyama is a senior scholar in Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. His main research areas are regional ecosystem of entrepreneurship, drivers of high-growth companies, and university-industry relations, such as the paper titled "How Do Business Owners Perceive the State Business Climate." Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Motoyama was a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was researching the process of commercialization and globalization of nanotechnology.

  Download Yasuyuki Motoyama's PowerPoint Presentation in PDF

  Download Yasuyuki Motoyama's Handout, "The Do's and Don'ts of Entpreneurship," in PDF


Bob Zahradnik, Director, State Fiscal and Economic Growth, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Robert Zahradnik is policy director for Pew’s work on state fiscal health and economic growth. He supervises initiatives that help states improve the return on investment from economic development tax incentives and better manage revenue projections and volatility. He also oversees research on tax incentive evaluation and long-term budgeting practices and directs technical assistance provided to state leaders including data analysis, policy development, and outreach to key stakeholders and the public. He is a frequent speaker on these issues and has presented to state legislators and a wide range of professional and academic associations.

  Download Bob Zahradnik's PowerPoint Presentation in PDF


Daniel Hoffman, COO, Invest Nebraska

Dan Hoffman has been employed with Invest Nebraska since October 2008 and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the organization. As a venture development organization, Invest Nebraska provides entrepreneurial assistance and capital to startups and existing businesses in the state. Prior to joining Invest Nebraska, Dan served as senior policy advisor to Governor Dave Heineman and Governor Mike Johanns. He has more than twenty years of experience in the areas of public policy, economic development, taxes, and labor having worked in both the executive and legislative branches of state government. Dan earned a M.A. Degree in Economics and a B.S. Degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a 2012 graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.

  Download Daniel Hoffman's PowerPoint Presentation in PDF



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