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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.

$27 million apartments may rise on old eyesore hotel site at 39th and Dodge

By: - February 2, 2022

OMAHA — After 15 years of sitting vacant, the midtown Omaha land that once housed the eyesore Travel Inn hotel is poised to be revived with a $27 million apartment building called The View on 39th. Under a plan by Omaha developer Woodsonia, the acre of ground northwest of 39th and Dodge Streets would become […]

The Unify Challenge is on! Nebraska’s is a first in the country

By: - February 2, 2022

Civic Nebraska is helping to host the country’s first statewide Unify Challenge, an online conversation project that will connect pairs of Huskers from across political and ideological divides. Designed to be “much more than a polite conversation,” the virtual event, which is to be replicated in other states, aims to match up pairs of Nebraskans […]

$450 million recovery plan seen as unprecedented opportunity to help revitalize North Omaha

By: - February 2, 2022

LINCOLN — Osie Combs Jr. is ready and willing. The chief executive of Pacific Engineering envisions his company expanding on a swath of land near Eppley Airfield that’s eyed for business development under the North Omaha 2022 Recovery Plan. Mark Norman of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce said after searching for more than 10 […]

Nebraska senators want to create a new state housing agency

By: - February 1, 2022

House prices on the Nebraska homefront have jumped: The average sale price across the Omaha and Lincoln areas went up more than 11% in the last year and about 25% since 2018. Looking farther back, over a decade, the Great Plains Regional MLS shows also that the average Omaha-area sale price of new and existing […]

NU Law program recognized for its tenant assistance project

By: - January 31, 2022

The University of Nebraska College of Law was among the 99 law schools that responded to the U.S. Attorney General’s call in August to help people in their communities access emergency rental assistance. Law schools overall acted with urgency, the Justice Department said, and over the past five months have continued to draw upon resources […]

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Creighton Law School steps up

By: - January 28, 2022

Creighton University in Omaha was among 99 law schools recognized Friday by the Biden administration for their response to the U.S. attorney general’s call to address the housing and eviction crisis. Attorney General Merrick Garland said he asked the legal community for help, and law students and lawyers across the country stepped up to take on […]

Omaha explores new 72nd and Dodge library branch

By: - January 28, 2022

Omahans might see a new and different library facility rise southwest of the busy 72nd and Dodge Streets intersection. That public library, which is not a done deal, is separate from the City of Omaha’s ongoing and controversial process to relocate the  downtown W. Dale Clark Library to 1401 Jones St. Mutual of Omaha said […]

Lawmakers object to TIF use for Omaha streetcar

By: - January 27, 2022

OMAHA — A Nebraska senator who championed the law that gave “extremely blighted” neighborhoods a better shot at economic development says it is being “abused” for the proposed Omaha streetcar project. Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha said he intended the 2020 change to tax-increment financing legislation to benefit the poorest areas of the state. The […]

Omaha aims for revamped urban core with streetcar, new downtown Mutual HQ

By: and - January 26, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated. OMAHA — A long-discussed streetcar, free to ride and running three miles from 10th Street to midtown, was the key to Mutual of Omaha’s decision to build a skyscraper on the property that houses the city’s main library.  The Nebraska Examiner broke the news of both new projects […]

UNMC sparks long-term shifts on corridor

By: - January 26, 2022

OMAHA — A $44 million housing and retail campus appears to be next in the lineup of projects fast and furiously changing a midtown Omaha corridor anchored by the expanding University of Nebraska Medical Center. Nearly 200 market-rate apartments and row houses, a restaurant and a bank would rise on about five acres northwest of […]

Mutual of Omaha HQ headed for downtown Omaha library site

By: , and - January 25, 2022

Mutual of Omaha — a corporate icon that’s been planted in midtown Omaha for decades — is poised to build a new headquarters where the city’s downtown public library stands, according to sources familiar with the project. The relocation of the Fortune 500 company, now based at 33rd and Dodge Streets, answers part of the […]

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Nebraska jobless rate lowest in nation once again

By: - January 25, 2022

Nebraska has again topped the nation in recording the lowest unemployment rate of all states, followed by Utah, Oklahoma and Idaho. The state’s seasonally adjusted rate for December was 1.7% — that’s the lowest on record for any state since the collection of unemployment started in 1976. “Nebraska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to drop, […]