Nebraska Director of Economic Development

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Nebraska Director of Economic Development
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-13 FY Budget:  $497,939
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at the governor's pleasure
Authority:  Nebraska Revised Statutes, § 81-1201.03
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Dacia Kruse
Assumed office:  2014
Compensation:  $134,281
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The Nebraska Director of Economic Development is a state executive position in the Nebraska state government.

The director oversees the Department of Labor, which is responsible for regulation of the labor industry and assisting workers to find employment.

Current officeholder

The current acting officeholder is Dacia Kruse.[1] She was appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman in 2014 to replace former Director Catherine Lang, who resigned to accept a job in the private sector.[2]


The Department of Economic Development and its director are established in Chapter 81 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes.

Nebraska Revised Statutes 81-1201:[3]

There is hereby created an executive department of state government to be known as the Department of Economic Development...The chief executive officer of the department shall be the Director of Economic Development who shall by appointed by the Governor with the consent of a majority of the Legislature. The director shall administer the affairs of the department and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor. The director shall have equal rank with the heads of other state departments...


There are no specific statutory requirements for an individual to meet in order to qualify for the office of director of economic development.[3]


Nebraska state government organizational chart

The director of economic development is appointed by the governor, with the consent of a majority of the Legislature.[3]


As established by Article IV, Section 1 of the Nebraska Constitution, in the event of a vacancy, the governor fills the office by appointment.


The department's mission is to "maintain and develop the economic of the state to provide opportunities for the people which will enhance and expand the quality of their lives."[4]

Under § 81-1201.10 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes, the department shall promote the:

(1) Expansion of personal income through the development of business and employment opportunities which afford sufficient compensation to ensure adequate standard of living for the people of the state;

(2) Development of an economy that contributes to and enhances the environmental quality of the state;

(3) Development of stable economy within the state;

(4) Development of economic health and opportunities throughout the communities and counties of the state;

(5) Development of an economy which is capable of providing the necessary revenue for state government, local governments, and other political subdivisions o the state and in this way minimize the tax burden faced by all taxpayers of the state, and;

(6) Structuring of the department and its staff as a nonpolitical, professionally managed division of state government.


The department contains four operating divisions:[3]

1. Business Development Division

2. Community and Rural Development Division

3. Travel and Tourism Division

4. Division of Administration and Operations

State budget

See also: Nebraska state budget and finances

The budget for the Department of Economic Development in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $497,939.[5]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the director earned a salary of $134,281, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the director earned a salary of $131,325, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2012, the director earned a salary of $127,500, according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Nebraska Department of Labor
Administrative Office
550 South 16th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 471 - 9000

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