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Anthony Goins, Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Goins was appointed Director of the state’s lead economic development agency by Governor Pete Ricketts in August 2019. His extensive background in finance and operations has seen him employed as a high-level executive for some of the world’s most successful firms, including CertusBank, JPMorgan Chase, Ford Motor Credit Company, Cabela’s World’s Foremost Bank, American Express and others.

A small business owner, Goins founded Capital Cigar Lounge, in Lincoln, in 2018. He sits on numerous boards, including both the Lincoln and Omaha Chambers, Bank of Bennington, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, the Lincoln Community Foundation and Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Since joining the Department, Goins has overseen the agency’s COVID-19 relief efforts, spearheading the development and/or administration of new programs designed to provide relief and support to impacted individuals, businesses and communities. Meanwhile, he has implemented a strategic plan for the Department that emphasizes, among other elements, promoting a robust climate for technology and innovation to support the Governor’s vision of growing the state and creating enhanced economic opportunities for its people.


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