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Foley speaks at Chamber banquet

January 31, 2018 GMT

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts couldn’t make it to the annual Beatrice Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Friday night, but he still sent a message along.

In a prerecorded video, Ricketts told the group assembled for the banquet at the Beatrice Country Club that this year holds numerous economic growth opportunities for Beatrice and for Nebraska as a whole.

“I’m excited for all the opportunities we have this year to help grow Nebraska, and I can’t wait to work with all of you to achieve it,” Ricketts said.

Lt. Gov. Mike Foley was at the event in person and spoke about a recent trip he took to China on an economic development trade mission.

Foley said he saw China as an economic powerhouse and as a country that’s on the move and growing. He said that making sure Nebraska has a plan in place is important as competition ramps up with with southeast Asian countries.

“The work that you’re doing at the Chamber of Commerce is so important to building up the vibrant economy that we enjoy in this state and taking it to the next level,” Foley said. “So, I want to thank you for all that you’re doing for our state. Now, if we could just figure out how to bring that eclipse back every single year.”

At the banquet, outgoing chamber board chairperson Jim Nelson also passed the torch to incoming chairperson Karen Stohs and greeted her into the position with a handheld light saber.