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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.

Nebraska’s ‘Honestly, it’s not for everyone’ tourism campaign still drawing recognition

By: - August 15, 2022

Nebraska’s ‘Honestly, it’s not for everyone’ tourism campaign — a few years old and still getting both praise and eye rolls — again has racked up a top national award. The Visit Nebraska team on Aug. 9 accepted a 2022 Mercury Award at ESTO, the Educational Seminary of Tourism Organizations powered by the U.S. Travel […]

Rendering of new job training site at 24th and J Streets

Federal ARPA funds help turn fire-damaged South Omaha funeral parlor into job center

By: - August 12, 2022

OMAHA — A burned-out mortuary is to be resurrected as a South Omaha workforce development hub that, with a boost from hundreds of thousands of public dollars, will connect area residents with jobs. But there’s more than meets the eye to the 85-year-old structure, now just a rundown shell spanning 6,100 square feet. While employment […]

$85 million rural medical school at University of Nebraska at Kearney projected to open in 2025

By: - August 11, 2022

Construction of an $85 million rural medical school at the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus is expected to begin in the fall of 2023 and open two years later. Thursday, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved details such as the construction budget and program statement for that second phase of the UNK-University […]

Tom Doyle

Douglas County Engineer Tom Doyle held the office 39 years before his death at age 91

By: - August 9, 2022

Days before his 36th birthday, a young Democrat Tom Doyle was tapped by Republican Gov. Norbert Tiemann to be Nebraska’s labor commissioner. Doyle would move on to be the state engineer, serve as an elected state lawmaker and in 1983 stepped into the role of Douglas County engineer, a position he was elected to nine […]

ACLU Nebraska files lawsuit for information about 2018 immigration raid in O’Neill

By: - August 8, 2022

Saying the federal government has ignored requests for information about an immigration investigation, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska filed a lawsuit Monday to find out more about a high-profile operation that played out four years ago in O’Neill, Nebraska. The local ACLU and community advocates documented reports of mistreatment and potential civil rights […]

Boutique YMCA co-locates with the Bison of new Buena Vista High School in Omaha

By: and - August 5, 2022

OMAHA — Teachers, counselors, cafeteria and other workers at Omaha’s new Buena Vista High School dropped in Friday to get acquainted with their new fitness-obsessed, tech-driven neighbor. That 2,800-square-foot “YMCA Express” workout space, co-located on the school’s 60th and L Streets campus, officially opens Monday. But faculty members were treated to tours and special demonstrations […]

Grand Island employer penalized after worker gets stuck in industrial baler and later dies

By: - August 4, 2022

LINCOLN — The U.S. Labor Department has issued multiple citations against a Grand Island recycling company where a 20-year-old suffered fatal amputation injuries last winter upon getting stuck in an industrial cardboard baler. The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleges that Mid-Nebraska Disposal disregarded federal regulations designed to prevent such tragedies. The company was […]

Dodge48 apartments

An $82 million apartment project to scrape several structures but retain Omaha landmark

By: - August 4, 2022

OMAHA — An $82 million apartment complex is poised to dramatically change the look of the busy Dodge Street corridor, clearing multiple structures but preserving and repurposing a landmark animal hospital as the project’s “front door.” The new five-story building, with about 330 units, is to stretch across 2.5 acres southeast of 48th and Dodge […]

255 market-rate apartments to sprout on part of Omaha’s old CoCo Key water park resort

By: - August 3, 2022

OMAHA — A $62 million apartment complex with 255 dwellings is the latest development piece announced for a site that once bustled as the city’s premier hotel and convention center. Decades ago, the project area northeast of 72nd and Grover Streets, 15 acres in all, hosted horse racing fans, Berkshire Hathaway shareholders and Ak-Sar-Ben queen […]

Builder's District

$57 million office and retail structure on deck for north downtown Omaha’s Builder’s District

By: - August 1, 2022

OMAHA — A nearly $57 million office and retail project, on pace to be the city’s first timber commercial structure in modern times, is to start rising yet this year in the Builder’s District of north downtown Omaha. Developer Noddle Cos. is requesting city approval of public tax increment financing, about 10% of the price […]

Nascent Nebraska coalition looks to immigration-related solutions to help remedy labor shortage

By: - July 30, 2022

Nebraskans don’t have to go far to find one: a “Help Wanted” sign, say Kathleen Grant and Denise Bowyer of Omaha Together One Community. “Everybody is painfully aware of our labor shortage,” said Grant. Meanwhile, she and Bowyer say they’d like to bring more awareness to a population that can help address workforce demands: immigrants […]

Nebraska ‘Urban Redevelopment Act’ kicks in to help grow small businesses in Omaha, Lincoln

By: - July 29, 2022

Nebraskans may soon start seeing the impact of a state law, adopted in 2021, that’s intended to help grow small businesses and investment in urban cores with high poverty and unemployment rates. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development on Aug. 1 will begin accepting applications from businesses to earn performance-based tax credits under the Urban […]