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2009.03.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Rep. Terry to Host Economic Town Hall April 6 at UNO

Omaha - Nebraska U.S. Rep. Lee Terry will host an economic town hall meeting from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 6, at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Building on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus.

Free parking will be available in the parking garage located on the east end of campus. The CPACS Building is south of UNO's Criss Library and the Henningson Memorial Campanile at the center of campus.

The public forum is an opportunity for small business owners and individuals to ask questions and share their opinions about federal efforts to stimulate the economy and the impact on local businesses. President Barack Obama announced a series of measures to help struggling small business owners.

The panelists will include the following:

Representative Lee Terry – 2nd Congressional District of Nebraska, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee

Representative Sam Graves
– 6th Congressional District of Missouri, Ranking Member of U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee

Dr. Ernie Goss
– Professor of Economics at Creighton University, Jack MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics

Dr. Kenneth Kriz
– Professor of Public Administration, UNO

George Beattie – President
– Nebraska Bankers Association

Dr. Robert Bernier
– Assistant Dean, UNO College of Business Administration, State Director of the Nebraska Business Development Center

Larry Gomez, director of small business services with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, will serve as moderator.

“There’s a lot of fear and anxiety out there right now,” said Congressman Terry. “Now is the time to give local businesses the tools they need to reignite the nation’s economy. Small business owners, self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs are the life-blood of economic growth and job creation across our country.”

Representatives from federal agencies such as the Small Business Administration and the Internal Revenue Service along with other local organizations will be on hand to offer resources and direct assistance.

Reservations are encouraged. Interested individuals can RSVP and submit questions for the panel via email to terrytickets@mail.house.gov.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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