A. Current Organization
The Nebraska Industrial Competitiveness Alliance (NICA) is a board appointed by the Governor of Nebraska to recommend public policy regarding competitiveness and to plan and oversee programs to enhance the technological capabilities of business and to provide a competitive, quality workforce. The NICA Board governs the Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The NICA/MEP Directors set program policy for the Center, review service provider scope of work to insure that program objectives are being reached, participate by representation in the Center’s strategic planning sessions, and serve as programming advisors. The NICA Board also advises the Nebraska Department of Economic Development on business climate and infra-structure issues related to the state’s Targeted Industry Program. The NICA/Nebraska MEP Organization is referenced in the Appendix Section. The NMEP Program Director is hired by the NICA Board.
Nebraska MEP is structured under a matrix organization consisting of four service providing partners. These are: the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Processing Center (FPC), the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), and Nebraska’s Central Community College. The NMEP administrative support is provided by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. The Department of Economic Development also serves as the NMEP fiscal agent. All four partners provide delivery of services as contractual obligations to the program. Each of the partnership organizations has core expertise and competencies.
The Nebraska MEP director is responsible for the overall program management and operation. The director reports to the NICA/MEP committee as well as the entire NICA Board. The Central Staff are responsible for developing and delivering services, monitoring the effectiveness of the service, reporting and accounting, and developing program information.
Continuous training for NMEP staff is central to NMEP’s effectiveness with our customer base. Our Customer Agents come from manufacturing and possess the technical and quality experience necessary. Many of our staff have participated in the annual Modernization Forum training sessions, the MEP Annual Conferences and
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