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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State funds could help build $80 million national defense ‘innovation hub’

By: - February 10, 2022

The State of Nebraska might pitch in for proposed $80 million innovation and research hub that would strengthen national defense and house hundreds of professionals earning six-figure salaries.

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Police-related bills designed to “shame,” or beef up accountability?

By: - February 9, 2022

LINCOLN — Law enforcement agents did not see eye to eye Wednesday with promoters of public information over the question: Should Nebraska make public a list exposing police officer misconduct? State Sen. Terrell McKinney of Omaha has introduced Legislative Bill 882, which he said was intended to ensure transparency and police accountability — not to […]

Sens. Flood, Groene say whoa to letting casino developments use TIF subsidy

By: - February 8, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Mike Flood took aim Tuesday at allowing incoming Nebraska casinos to tap public tax-increment financing as a way to defray development costs. The Norfolk lawmaker said he wouldn’t object to an already-approved plan for a $220 million casino at Omaha’s Horsemen’s Park. But going forward, he said, using the subsidy to […]

Colorado buyer seeks TIF to help spiff up Omaha’s former Scoular site

By: - February 5, 2022

OMAHA — A Colorado group wants to buy the former headquarters of one of Nebraska’s oldest companies — but first is asking the City of Omaha for a public subsidy to help revamp the place. The Denver-based Kentro Group intends to buy and rehabilitate the nearly 90,000-square-foot downtown Omaha complex that the international Scoular grain […]

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$120 million in second round of federal rental aid could be back in play

By: - February 4, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Matt Hansen of Lincoln has launched an effort to put extended federal assistance into the hands of Nebraska renters — challenging an earlier stance taken by Gov. Pete Ricketts. Earlier this week, Ricketts told the Nebraska Examiner the state would not apply for a second round of federal emergency rental aid, […]

Booze at Big Red? NU Regents to discuss next week

By: - February 3, 2022

LINCOLN — The long-standing ban on alcohol at University of Nebraska athletic events is to be reconsidered Feb. 11 by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.  Under a proposed policy change, the university president and chancellors would be allowed to authorize the sale and consumption of alcohol at athletic events at their respective campuses. […]

$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 […]