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March 20, 2015, Lincoln, NE: Rotary Club International’s annual Salute to Business is a joint endeavor of the four Rotary Clubs of Lincoln, Nebraska. The Rotary Clubs jointly select a company each year that has demonstrated longstanding commitment and service to the City of Lincoln and the surrounding area through employment and community service. The 2015 honor was presented to LI-COR Biosciences during a March 3 meeting at the Cornhusker Hotel.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts addressed the more than 600 attendees at the program, and honored LI-COR for more than four decades of innovation. He noted that owners Bill and Elaine Biggs embodied the true spirit to grow Nebraska, building a 2 and a half person company founded in 1971 in Lincoln to a world-wide provider of technology solutions for environmental and biotechnology research.
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler commended LI-COR for creating a strong and diverse workforce and providing opportunities for individuals at a wide variety of skill and educational levels.
The full Rotary Club program video can be viewed here.
On March 20, the Nebraska Business Development Council (NBDC) recognized LI-COR with its annual Innovation Business of the Year award. Each year the NBDC recognizes six businesses for their contributions to the Nebraska economy.
LI-COR was cited for advancing technological innovation and working in partnership with Nebraska universities to meet federal research and development needs. Nebraska State Senator Adam Morfeld, along with NBDC State Director Robert Bernier, presented the award to LI-COR representatives during a lunch presentation at the Nebraska State Capitol.
The NBDC is dedicated to helping build Nebraska businesses, secure funding, increase sales, and create jobs. In 2014, the NBDC served more than 2,500 clients in 87 Nebraska counties.