Nebraska is ready to move beyond just talking about its tech worker crunch and take steps to solve it, says the new leader of a tech jobs initiative launched earlier this year.
“This is getting ready to take off and blow up,” said Jona Van Deun, president of the Nebraska Tech Collaborative. “Something is actually going to get done.”
Monday marked the formal kickoff for the Nebraska Tech Collaborative, an initiative of the Aksarben Foundation that is bringing together business leaders and others from across the state to address Nebraska’s shortage of high-tech workers. Nearly 100 representatives are already part of the effort, said Van Deun, who joined University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green and others for the kickoff event at UNL’s Innovation Campus.