State DED Director Stepping Down

LINCOLN (AP) - Nebraska's top economic development official is resigning to join the state Chamber of Commerce. Gov. Dave Heineman said Thursday that Richard Baier would leave his post after Oct. 28. Baier has led the department since he was appointed by the governor's predecessor in 2003. Heineman praised Baier's efforts to promote the state and improve the climate for businesses. Baier will lead a new Chamber program to research business trends in the state and make recommendations about what should be done to strengthen Nebraska's economy.