Mayor of Fremont, Nebraska announces first inland port authority board

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27 Mar 2023

The state of Nebraska’s longest serving governor, Dave Heineman is among Mayor Joey Spellerberg’s appointees to Fremont’s first inland port authority board. The proposed 1,500-acre industrial site and logistics hub is a long-term effort to promote economic development in eastern Nebraska, including greater Fremont and the Omaha metropolitan area.

FREMONT, Neb., March 24, 2023 – Mayor Joey Spellerberg, in conjunction with Dodge County Board Chair Bob Missel, today announced the appointment of seven commissioners to guide the policy and development of the newly created Fremont Inland Port Authority. The new port authority district holds great promise to shape the future of the greater Fremont area.

“I am excited to announce these outstanding individuals as our first commissioners,” said Spellerberg. “These community members bring a variety of experiences and leadership in government, business, and civic organizatioons. I look forward to working with them as they begin their important work to help provide more opportunities for our local communities and the state of Nebraska.”

Proposed Port Authority Board of Commissioners

  • Dave Heineman, former governor of Nebraska
  • Fred Myty, former Dodge County clerk and election commissioner
  • Steve Pribnow, CPA, managing partner, Erickson & Brooks Certified Public Accountants
  • Jennifer Greunke, project & implementation manager, Brandt Holdings Agriculture; and former district operations manager, Plate Valley Equipment
  • Christy Fiala, executive director of Fremont Area United Way
  • Paul Vaughan, former Dodge County atorney and retired district court judge
  • Joe Sajevic, former executive director of the Fremont Public Schools Foundation and former Fremont High School principal

Dodge County Board Chair, Bob Missel noted the appointees’ diverse backgrounds. “We appreciate their willingness to step up for the good of our community. When you look at their expertise, combined with Dave Heineman’s working knowledge of economic development, we could not ask for a beter start.”

As the board gets established this spring, an engineering firm begins work on a detailed site plan. Megan Skiles, executive director of the Greater Fremont Development Council (GFDC), expects the study to be complete early next year. Skiles will serve as an advisor to the port authority board.
The Fremont City Council takes up the port authority appointments at its March 28 meeting, followed by the Dodge County Board of Supervisors, April 5.