(Neb)-State Economic Development Director Joining NPPD
LINCOLN, Neb, (AP) - Nebraska's top economic development official is leaving her job after less than 2 years to become a lobbyist for the Nebraska Public Power District.
Gov. Pete Ricketts says Courtney Dentlinger will step down as director of the Department of Economic Development on December 1st to become government affairs manager for NPPD, and that the search for her replacement has already begun.
Ricketts praised Dentlinger for her work in state government and said her team played a key role in attracting major businesses to the state and in Nebraska winning the Governor's Cup for the most economic development projects per capita.
Dentlinger was the founding director of the Norfolk Area Economic Development Council when named to head the DED in January 2016 after RIcketts fired his first appointee, Brenda Hicks-Sorensen, after 8 months on the job.
Hicks-Sorensen had come from Wisconsin and other economic development officials in the state said Nebraska needed someone with a stronger background in marketing and a better ability to connect with business leaders and state lawmakers.
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