Politics & Elections
12:30 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Eco-tourism focus of upcoming conference of Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado Governors

Economic development and eco-tourism are the focus of a conference next Friday in Nebraska.

Governor Dave Heineman announced Monday he’ll meet with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. The meeting is, in part, an opportunity for the three Governors to view the sandhill crane migration. Gov. Heineman says it's also a chance for the three Governors to discuss economic development, water use, and what each state can learn from the other.

Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Catherine Lang says the crane migration attracts an estimated 70,000 tourists to the state each year. Lang says in 2009, that generated $8 million in tourism-related revenue.