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Workforce Shortages, Infrastructure Challenges, Among Topics Discussed

Workforce Shortages, Infrastructure Challenges, Among Topics Discussed

NORFOLK, Neb. -- A Northeast Community College dean was chosen to help represent the tri-state region last month in discussing issues of importance with leaders in Washington, D.C.

Cyndi Hanson, Northeast Community College dean of workforce development, was one of 46 individuals from the Siouxland tri-state area representing businesses, education, nonprofit and government entities in the 69th annual Siouxland Chamber Delegation to Washington, D.C. The events took place April 17-18. 

“Participating in the annual chamber delegation is a tremendous opportunity to connect with our federally elected officials in the tri-state,” Hanson said. “Our communities span three states and yet work together for the betterment of all.  We find by engaging as a group, we display the impact a collective effort can have, and we find our Congressional delegation often work together similarly.”   


Originally, the delegation was scheduled to meet with the Congressional members from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Unfortunately, they were unable to meet with most of the senators because they needed to attend impeachment hearings. The delegation did get to meet with staffers from their offices. 


“Issues of importance to the Siouxland delegation impact all of us,” Hanson said. “We spoke to the Congressional delegation about workforce shortages, need for common sense immigration reform, infrastructure support and funding, challenges in healthcare, education and aviation related to government regulations. We also have an opportunity to network with other members of the delegation and find ways to support one another and our communities in this valuable time together.” 


They also had presentations and Q&A with representatives from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, American Immigration Council, the Heritage Foundation, Business-Industry Political Action Committee, Cybersecurity Division of Department of Defense and CyCom Agency. 

Hanson also attended the Nebraska delegation’s weekly “Nebraska breakfast” in which all five federal delegation members meet with any Nebraskans in Washington to provide an update on legislative happenings. 


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Cyndi Hanson, Northeast Community College dean of workforce development, presents the educational priorities of the Siouxland Chamber to U.S. Reps. Adrian Smith and Mike Flood of Nebraska, along with others. (Courtesy photo)