Director of Labor and Economic Development Resigns

Gov. Dave Heineman announced that Nebraska’s Director of Economic Development and Commissioner of Labor, Catherine Lang, has resigned to pursue a job in the private sector.

“I want to thank Cathy for a long and distinguished career in state government,” said Gov. Heineman. “She has been a positive and outstanding leader for more than 30 years. Under her leadership, Cathy has built strong relationships between the programs of each agency. She has done a great job for Nebraska’s citizens.”

“I want to thank Governor Heineman for entrusting me with the leadership of two great state agencies,” said Director Lang. “The opportunity to serve both agencies and to build a strong network of collaboration between the systems that support economic growth and workforce development is the highlight of my career. I want to thank the staff members of both agencies for the support that have provided to the combined mission to build a strong economy that supports great jobs in Nebraska.”

Commissioner Lang, 57, has served in state government since 1981. In August 2008, she was appointed as Commissioner of Labor after serving as the Deputy Tax Commissioner for the Nebraska Department of Revenue. Prior to this appointment, Lang served as Property Tax Administrator and was the Director for the Department of Property Assessment and Taxation. Lang has also served as the Director of the Property Tax Division and Special Counsel to the Tax Commissioner.

In 2011, Lang was appointed Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and has served in both roles since that time. Under Lang’s leadership, the Department of Labor implemented NEworks, the 24/7 Nebraska job website and mobile app and led pilot projects for the Labor Availability and Skills Assessment studies across Nebraska. The Department of Economic Development has extended business and talent and innovation programs and opened a trade office in China. Both agencies have worked together to provide initiatives that focus on the hiring and recruitment of veterans.

Lang received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law. Lang’s last day is June 27.