Annual Meeting 2024

2024 Annual Meeting 

Our 2024 annual meeting took place at the Stastny Center in Hebron on March 14th. We were joined by many new and familiar faces! TCEDA is proud to host this event where community-minded people can gather and share important conversations to help build a stronger Thayer County!

We had a lot to celebrate this year, including advances in broadband, childcare, and housing; as well as our annual “Thriving in Thayer County” award. Keynote speaker Bryan Slone touched on all these topics and more in a moving speech that highlighted Nebraska's strengths. We learned that Thayer County was one of the best counties to live in compared to all the counties in the US!

Read our press release about this year's “Thriving in Thayer County” Awardee: Spring Creek Model Trains. 

Read Press Release



Keynote Speaker Bryan Slone

President, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Bryan E. Slone became president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry in May 2018. A Nebraska native, Bryan has lived in several Nebraska communities throughout the state. As an attorney and accountant, Bryan brings more than three decades of policy and business experience to the State Chamber. Prior to his arrival at the Chamber, he was a tax attorney with Koley Jessen in Omaha, where he advised business clients on legal matters related to taxation, administrative law, international law, mergers and acquisitions, and government affairs.

Before Koley Jessen, he was the Nebraska office managing partner for Deloitte, one of the nation's largest professional services firms. In the 1990's, Bryan worked in Berlin, Germany, as a tax attorney and co-founding partner for the Wilmer Cutler & Pickering law office located there. In the 1980s, Bryan spent much time in Washington, D.C., where he was legal advisor to the IRS commissioner and served as a House Ways and Means Committee staff member under former U.S. Rep. Hal Daub of Nebraska. In this capacity, he helped shape the 1986 federal tax law.

Bryan was also a candidate for Nebraska governor in 2014. He holds a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law, and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Bryan and his wife Leslie have two adult children, Steve and Lauryn. 

The State Chamber has proudly served as the voice of Nebraska's business community since 1912. With approximately 1,200 members statewide, the Chamber's mission is to protect all aspects of the free enterprise system, while making Nebraska an even better place to do business. 


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