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.

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Platte Institute names new chair who will help guide Blueprint Nebraska growth plan

By: - April 27, 2022

North Platte, Nebraska, businessman Pat Keenan, whose career began in the soft drink industry, has been elected chairman of the nonprofit Platte Institute board of directors. Among the organization’s responsibilities is helping to activate economic initiatives in Blueprint Nebraska, a plan led by business and civic leaders to stimulate economic development and to make the […]

Nebraska is an outlier in latest national rent trend report

By: - April 26, 2022

When it comes to the nation’s average apartment rents, Nebraska reportedly is one of the few states that has seen a price dip over last year. That’s according to the latest trends review from, an online property site. In its newly released April report, said about 95% of states saw increases in average […]

Three to join the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame

By: - April 25, 2022

Leaders of a construction company, a private equity firm and a manufacturer of animal health products are to be inducted May 2 into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame. The three are Mike McCarthy of McCarthy Capital of Omaha; John Sampson of Sampson Construction of Lincoln; and Gloria Thesenvitz of Nova-Tech Inc. of Grand Island. […]

Charles Herbster sues Sen. Julie Slama, whose lawyer says she’ll ‘stand strong’

By: - April 22, 2022

Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster filed a District Court lawsuit Friday against State Sen. Julie Slama in her home county. The move came a week after Slama, also a Republican, confirmed in news reports that Herbster had reached up her skirt and touched her without consent at a political event in 2019.  The Johnson […]

Google announces Nebraska growth plan that includes new northwest Omaha data center

By: - April 21, 2022

Editor’s note: This report updates an earlier version with reporting from Thursday’s Google event.  When the newly announced northwest Omaha Google data center is up and running, the metro area will have the largest Google operational presence in the country, representatives of the tech titan said Thursday. The multi-building campus — set to rise on […]

Nebraska closing gap in return to pre-pandemic payroll job count

By: - April 20, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Gov. Pete Rickett’s remarks. While Nebraska has yet to catch up to its pre-pandemic number of payroll jobs, the gap is closing, and the Husker state is on pace to become the 18th to make up that lost ground. “Nebraska’s recovery churns along steadily,” said Michael […]

May open houses aim to gather community perspective for Omaha affordable housing plan

By: - April 19, 2022

A series of open houses will be held in Omaha throughout May to gather community feedback as city managers and RDG Planning & Design develop Omaha’s housing affordability action plan. The goal is to identify strategies and develop a blueprint for quality housing options, including dwellings that are financially accessible to more people. Omaha officials […]

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Brad Ashford remembered for nonpartisanship, working across the aisle

By: and - April 19, 2022

LINCOLN — It’s been said that Brad Ashford could have trouble finding his car in the parking lot at the State Capitol.  But when it came to finding solutions to some of biggest issues confronting the state and his hometown of Omaha — from gun control, to immigration, to sales taxes and funding a new […]

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Lots at stake as bids are sought for Medicaid program, but lawmaker optimistic

By: - April 19, 2022

The search began Monday for entities that will best deliver health care benefits to hundreds of thousands of Nebraskans served by Medicaid. And state lawmakers seeking to avoid a costly bidding mistake like the recent one involving the state’s child welfare system contract say the state appears to be on a better track this time. […]

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Report: Unmet demand for after-school programs in Nebraska is at all-time high

By: - April 18, 2022

Unmet demand for after-school programs in Nebraska has reached an all-time high, according to a new national report from Afterschool Alliance, which counted more than 60,000 kids in the state left unsupervised after school. Edge Research conducted the survey for the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Alliance. It reflected responses in 2020 of more than 31,000 U.S. […]

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Nebraska rises to the top in a national look at recession resilience

By: - April 15, 2022

A low unemployment rate, relatively affordable housing and hefty government cash reserves helped propel Nebraska to the No. 1 spot in a new report that ranks U.S. states most likely to survive the next recession., an online publication that provides reviews on businesses, said the top-ranking states in its study shared low unemployment and […]

Battle over federal rental aid to Nebraska stirs up again

By: - April 15, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect a comment from Gov. Pete Ricketts’ office. The battle reignited Friday over whether Nebraska should accept more federal emergency rental aid, with the U.S. Treasury Department stepping into the fray.  Deputy Treasury Secretary Adewale Adeyemo wrote a letter to Gov. Pete Ricketts, expressing his disappointment and […]