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Lincoln grain elevator to be covered in art as part of new initiative

A grain elevator in north Lincoln is the first structure getting a makeover as part of a new initiative that seeks to beautify high-traffic parts of the city.

Local ecommerce firm Spreetail recently launched the program, called Elevate.

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The first project in Spreetail's new Elevate initiative will be to cover this grain elevator along Salt Creek Roadway near North 27th Street with 20-foot-by-60-foot billboard banners featuring submitted designs. The banners will be hung Aug. 31.

Spreetail planning expansion in Lincoln, Omaha

A Lincoln-based e-commerce company is branching out even as it plans to expand in its home city.

Spreetail CEO Brett Thome said Thursday that the company plans to open an office in Omaha later this year that will employ about 100 people.

Thome said the office, which will be located in the same building as Firespring, another Lincoln-based company, will be an extension of its Lincoln operation.

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Lincoln e-commerce company Spreetail is expanding into more space at Nebraska Innovation Campus and also is planning to open an office in Omaha later this year.

Innovation Campus relishing its newfound momentum

As Nebraska Innovation Campus was preparing to open a little more than three years ago, university and research park officials asked lawmakers and regents for patience.

Speaking to the Board of Regents in September 2014, then-Chancellor Harvey Perlman said the park’s biggest obstacle would be showing an activity level capable of sparking excitement from potential partners.

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Tetrad Property Group is constructing a $15.3 million building at Nebraska Innovation Campus for mixed-use space with small-and-mid-sized companies in mind.

New Innovation Campus building on track for September completion

Construction of a three-story, 80,000-square-foot modern office building at Nebraska Innovation Campus is “on time and on budget,” a project manager said.

The $15.3 million building, referred to internally by developers as Innovation Campus’s “Site Development Lease 3” by Tetrad Property Group, should be ready for tenants this fall, said Andy Widman.

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A $15.3 million building northeast of 21st Street and Transformation Drive on Innovation Campus should be ready for tenants this fall.

The other side of e-commerce: Spreetail to hire hundreds

E-commerce has become a dirty word in many circles, with people blaming online shopping for killing everything from the mom-and-pop corner store to their favorite mall chain.

So far this year, Radio Shack, Vanity, Family Christian Stores and Rue 21 have all either closed stores in Lincoln or announced plans to do so. And other chains, including Sears, J.C. Penney, Gordmans and Payless ShoeSource, have announced store closings elsewhere in Nebraska.

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Spreetail, an e-commerce company located at Nebraska Innovation Campus, is looking to hire 400 people over the next three years.

Lincoln ag tech company raises $3.2 million

A Lincoln-based agriculture technology startup has raised more than $3 million from investors.

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Nebraska Innovation Campus

Spreetail keeping head down in rapidly changing e-commerce world

Brett Thome compares Spreetail, the company he runs, to a duck. It looks calm on the surface, but below, things are going 100 miles an hour.

These days, a comparison to a small fish might be more apt. And that fish is swimming in a sea of sharks.

Spreetail is the Lincoln e-commerce company that burst on the scene last fall, announcing its presence with a name change and a move to Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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Spreetail chief executive officer Brett Thome (top) talks with marketing manager Khushbaht Abdulloev last week in their new office space at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Entrepreneurship task force hosting town halls

The Nebraska Legislature’s Venture Development and Entrepreneurship Task Force plans to hold five town hall meetings across the state this summer, including in Lincoln.

The task force, made up of state sens. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, Matt Williams of Gothenburg, Paul Schumacher of Columbus, Al Davis of Hyannis, John Stinner of Gering, and Mark Kolterman of Seward, is charged to examine and review the role entrepreneurship and innovation play in Nebraska’s economy.

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Next Innovation Campus building on track

In two weeks, construction fences will go up on the site of the next Nebraska Innovation Campus building -- 80,000 square feet under development by Tetrad Property Group.

At first, the fence will encircle an area set aside for activities related to this year’s Cattlemen’s Ball, which begins June 3 in Lincoln and has a dinner that night at Innovation Campus.

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Nebraska Innovation Campus [Gwyneth Roberts/Lincoln Journal Star file photo]

Nebraska Innovation Studio offers holiday fun, looks at maker technology

Through a Plexiglass window, kids stared down into the big whirring machine as lasers turned paper into snowflakes. They sat on stools or peered on tip toes while parents hovered over them, trying to catch their own glance.

This laser cutter and many other attractions, which included button and ornament making, were all part of Saturday's Holiday Maker Extravaganza at Nebraska Innovation Studio located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Innovation Campus.

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Lauren Zeleny scrutinizes the innards of a laser-cutting machine as it works on a paper snowflake on Saturday at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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