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Prosper Lincoln Summit Video

Over 1,100 people gathered at Pinnacle Bank Arena, on the morning of February 10, 2016, to hear about the work accomplished through Prosper Lincoln and to learn how to get involved in helping lift Lincoln to even higher heights.

This video contains the Prosper Lincoln Summit presentation in its entirety, including:

Opening Speakers: Barbara Bartle, Lincoln Community Foundation & Prosper Lincoln Tri-Chair; Dr. Hank Bounds, University of Nebraska; JoAnn Martin, Ameritas & Prosper Lincoln Tri-Chair; Dr. Nancy Shank, University of Nebraska Public Policy Center; Mayor Beutler, City of Lincoln; and Rich Bailey, Bailey Lauerman & Prosper Lincoln Tri-Chair.

Slam Poetry Performance: Louder Than a Bomb Great Plains – Reagan Meyers, UNL; Foster Collins, Lincoln Southeast High School; Serenity Stokes, UNL; and Jack Buchanan, Lincoln High School.

Community Agenda Speakers: Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, and Dr. Steve Joel, Lincoln Public Schools, for the Early Childhood focus area; Marc LeBaron, Lincoln Industries, and Wendy Birdsall, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, for the Employment Skill focus area; and Dr. Shane Farritor and Jay Wilkinson, Firespring, for the Innovation focus area.

Intro & Closing Video Participants: Marjorie Kostelnik, UNL; Lori Seibel, Community Health Endowment; Tim Clare, Rembolt Ludtke LLP; Tracy Corr, Neighborhood Association Roundtable; Vi See, Community Action Partnership; Anthony Goins, Cabela’s World’s Foremost Bank; Jim Keck, First-Plymouth Church; Tom Smith, Smith Hayes; and Paul Illich, Southeast Community College.

Within this overall video, there are three shorter videos that feature the goals and objectives of the Prosper Lincoln Community Agenda focus areas – Lift Lincoln Kids, Lift Lincoln Skills and Lift Lincoln Innovation.

To watch the Prosper Lincoln Summit Video on YouTube, click here.

Quotes From Our Supporters

Prosper Lincoln is one of the most exciting community engagement and community-building efforts happening in the country.  It’s a real model!

Dan Cramer, Co-founder, Grassroots Solutions, St. Paul, MN

Prosper Lincoln will not only benefit all of your kids and your community; it is also a model for similar efforts around the country, thanks to the leadership of LCF.

Richard Ober, President & CEO, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; Founder Community Foundation Opportunity Network; Concord, NH

Communities across the US are searching for innovative initiatives to improve economic opportunity and mobility.  We can all learn from the amazing work of Prosper Lincoln!

Brian Collier, Executive Vice President, Foundation for the Carolinas

Prosper Lincoln is breaking new ground in economic revitalization without displacement.

Ellen Shepard, CEO, Allies, Chicago, IL

To see an entire community come together to ensure all Lincoln residents are successful is very inspirational.  Congratulations!

Nancy Van Milligen, President/CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque, IA

In my regional and national work in community development this is one of the most unique and exciting strategies for true change I have seen!

Del Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha, NE

Bringing together a multi-sector group of committed Lincoln residents will support prosperity for all.  Congratulations on this excellent collaboration.

Holly C. Sampson, President, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Duluth, MN

Diverse voices from across Lincoln came together so that current and future generations can thrive. This is no small feat, and it’s inspiring to see that collective vision inch closer to fruition. You can consider yourselves a model for other communities starting to embark on this work.

Megan Powers, International Program Officer, The McKnight Foundation Minneapolis, MN

There is no better example of the power of convening than Prosper Lincoln! Bringing together members of the community from all walks of life to enrich the City is inspiring.

Regine Webster, Vice President Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Washington, DC

Prosper Lincoln is creating a national model for building vibrant, equitable and resilient communities.  Systems thinking + the right resources!

Sandy Wiggins, Chair, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Washington, DC

Prosper Lincoln is an important approach to solving community problems. By bringing together local businesses, nonprofits, neighborhoods, government and faith organizations, they are bridging divides, building connections, and sparking opportunities in way that shows true community engagement.

Vikki Spruill, President and CEO, Council on Foundations

This is one of the most impressive community focus efforts I have seen. You are making considerable progress!

Cynthia Hardin Milligan, Trustee and former Chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI

Lincoln is one of a few cities across America where citizens and leaders from across different sectors have come together to tackle their community’s most complex challenges. Your ability to already show results and persevere is inspiring.

Ben Hecht, President and CEO of Living Cities, Washington, DC

Solving tough national problems like the opportunity gap begins locally, and Prosper Lincoln is leading the way.

Robert D. Putnam, Professor of Public Policy and author, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

There is nothing more powerful in securing a community’s long-term health than evolving a shared vision through community engagement. Congratulations!

Rip Rapson, President, The Kresge Foundation, Detroit, MI