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Cindy Gonzalez

Cindy Gonzalez

Senior Reporter Cindy Gonzalez, an Omaha native, has more than 35 years of experience, largely at the Omaha World-Herald. Her coverage areas have included business and real estate development; regional reporting; immigration, demographics and diverse communities; and City Hall and local politics. She has won awards from organizations including Great Plains Journalism, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) and the Associated Press. Cindy has been recognized by various nonprofits for community contributions and diversity efforts. She chairs the board that oversees the local university’s student newspaper.

Study: Nebraska ranks high among states that lost young and wealthy

By: - September 13, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska ranked 10th in an analysis by a financial advice website that looked at which states (and the District of Columbia) are losing the most young rich professionals. To uncover losers and gainers, SmartAsset.com examined migration trends, inflow and outflow patterns, from 2019 to 2020. The researchers considered people younger than 35 years […]

$25 million Radius campus for youth residential treatment rises in North Omaha

By: - September 12, 2022

OMAHA — A $25 million residential youth treatment center rising in North Omaha aims to fill a service gap in the metro area, one that has had courts and families sending some troubled teens off to other states to get help. The new Radius nonprofit will feature a 24-bedroom facility for residents ages 12 to […]

Gov. Ricketts takes aim at Title IX changes sought by federal officials

By: - September 11, 2022

Gov. Pete Ricketts is criticizing the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed revisions to Title IX, and on Friday he called on other Nebraskans to weigh in as well. Federal education officials have stated that a review of current regulations, and of public and stakeholder meetings, suggest that the existing rules do not best fulfill the […]

Trendy Blackstone District developer looks to build $22 million project in North Omaha

By: - September 7, 2022

OMAHA — A midtown real estate team best known for turning a forsaken urban corridor into the trendy Blackstone commercial district is venturing into different territory. GreenSlate Development wants to build a sprawling warehouse in an industrial area of North Omaha. The company has purchased 11 vacant acres north of the Storz Expressway along Ninth […]

Costco warehouse store that’s proposed for northwest Omaha gets Planning Board nod

By: - September 7, 2022

OMAHA — A Costco store is part of a mixed-use development site proposed southeast of Omaha’s 180th Street and West Maple Road. Costco has acquired a 36-acre tract in that area, said attorney Larry Jobeun, who is representing the company. It wants to build a 160,000-square-foot Costco store and a motor fueling station on chunks […]

Creighton University research shows fast-growing political divide over childhood vaccine policies

By: - September 2, 2022

OMAHA — The political divide over childhood vaccinations surfaced before the COVID-19 virus. But partisan discord about them has grown faster than the hot-button issue of abortion. That’s according to research led by Omaha Creighton University’s Kevin Estep and newly published in the American Journal of Public Health. Estep, assistant professor in the Department of […]

Public hearing dates set to learn about submitting ideas for $335 million in Economic Recovery Act

By: - August 31, 2022

OMAHA — Four public hearings have been scheduled for Omahans to learn more about how to submit proposals to use millions of dollars available under the Economic Recovery Act. The act, enacted with the passage of Legislative Bill 1024 by the Nebraska Legislature earlier this year, provides $335 million to assist North and South Omaha […]

CRE Summit to explore new partnerships and pandemic-related shifts in Nebraska real estate industry

By: - August 24, 2022

OMAHA — Omaha is preparing to step up its role as a real estate development center by launching a local chapter of the Urban Land Institute. As an official link in that international network, local members would be able to tap into more consulting and training resources and form stronger regional and national partnerships, said […]

Nonprofit launches process to award millions of dollars to expand affordable housing

By: - August 23, 2022

Have an idea that expands affordable housing options in Omaha? Front Porch Investments, in partnership with the City of Omaha, is seeking real estate developers and other applicants interested in a chunk of $40 million that’s been earmarked for affordable housing projects. Proposals for the initial round of funding are due by noon Sept. 13. […]

Brickline at the Mercantile apartments

Former chunk of downtown Omaha Conagra campus soon to open as Brickline at the Mercantile

By: - August 23, 2022

OMAHA — When a $500 million redevelopment plan was first announced for obsolete parts of Conagra’s downtown campus, two things hadn’t happened yet: the COVID-19 pandemic and the makeover of Gene Leahy Mall.  Now, five years later, both those events to some degree have bolstered the outlook for the initial housing component slated to open […]

Nebraska unemployment ticks up as separate report ranks Huskers in top 10 states for labor productivity

By: - August 19, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska’s unemployment rate has ticked up a bit to 2% but remains the second lowest in the country, according to preliminary and seasonally adjusted Department of Labor data released Friday. Meanwhile, a separate report from a national publication, focused on digital transformation, shows Nebraska among the top 10 states for improved labor productivity […]

Nebraska legislative team drills down into details of spending $335 million in North, South Omaha

By: - August 18, 2022

OMAHA — After hearing highlights from meetings held earlier this week with North and South Omaha leaders, a special legislative committee on Thursday moved closer to resolving a $335 million question. That is: How best can the panel identify projects that will spark wealth-building, well-paying jobs and generational change in the poorest areas of Nebraska? […]