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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.

Nebraska Examiner is part of States Newsroom, the nation’s largest state-focused nonprofit news organization.

Community Alliance is building a $60 million facility at 71st and Mercy Road

Community Alliance nonprofit plans new $60 million headquarters

By: - April 12, 2022

A surge in mental illness and an Omaha nonprofit’s 40-year record of responding to that demand has given rise to a $60 million headquarters plan that triples program space for Community Alliance. Now based at 41st and Leavenworth Streets, Community Alliance expects to move into its new 120,000-square-foot complex at 72nd Street and Mercy Road […]

Triage Staffing new five-story headquarters near 137th and West Dodge Road

New Omaha corporate base triples space for fast-growing Triage medical staffing

By: - April 12, 2022

A fast-growing medical staffing agency buys new headquarters that triples its space and prepares for future growth that the chief executive does not see slowing down.

Medical form and stethoscope

UNMC gets high rankings in national report

By: - April 8, 2022

The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s primary care program was ranked seventh out of 124 institutions nationwide, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report best graduate schools rankings. Primary care is considered family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics or internal medicine pediatrics, said a media release from the UNMC. UNMC also tied […]

Omaha tiny-house village aims to be final step out of homelessness

By: - April 8, 2022

Nebraska’s first modern-day tiny house village — soon to start sprouting in north downtown Omaha — is expected to do more than add affordable-rent dwellings to the trendy urban core. The 50 stand-alone homes, each about 250 square feet, serve a humanitarian purpose: They’re to be occupied by former homeless people who have thrived in […]

More than $600,000 in “impact” grants go to boost area housing and small-business efforts

By: - April 6, 2022

More than $600,000 in grants from First National Bank of Omaha will help boost affordable housing, neighborhood stability and small-business development in Nebraska and western Iowa. The funds are to go to 28 area organizations devoted to those efforts. They’re part of First National’s broader disbursement of $880,000 in “impact grants” to 44 organizations in […]

Eviction notice

Nebraska Legislature falls one vote short of overriding federal rent aid veto

By: - April 5, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers fell one vote short Tuesday of overriding Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto on federal rental help, which means the state’s more rural towns won’t be getting any piece of what turned into a controversial $120 million pot of aid. State Sen. Matt Hansen of Lincoln, who led the override push under Legislative […]

Six-story apartment building coming to west downtown Omaha

$28 million project to take ‘hip’ Omaha housing district to new heights

By: - April 4, 2022

OMAHA — A nearly $28 million apartment building is to be the high point, literally, of a trendy residential pocket that for the past seven years or so has been transforming an area on downtown Omaha’s western edge. The new structure, to be called The Howard, is to rise six stories high and contain 120 […]

Harvest Hills subdivision

$100,000 discount? Federal disaster grant creates affordable homeownership in small-town Iowa

By: - April 2, 2022

Set in the Loess Hills, less than an hour’s drive from Omaha, Southwest Iowa’s Woodbine has revamped its downtown historic district. The town’s roughly 1,500 residents just opened a $15 million wellness and technology center and maintain an independent and growing rural school system. Yet there’s a waiting list for newer apartments. Homes are nabbed […]

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Bigger Nebraska cities poised to reap some federal rent aid lost to rural areas

By: - March 31, 2022

LINCOLN — As it turns out, renters in urban Douglas and Lancaster Counties likely will benefit from Gov. Pete Ricketts’ refusal to apply for what has become a contentious $120 million in federal rental and utility aid to Nebraska. It’s the state’s other 91 counties that are getting left in the lurch, losing out on […]

Second-grader Lexi steps up to help Gov. Pete Ricketts support Ukraine

By: - March 30, 2022

Second-grader Lexi Fedoronko stepped up to the podium during Gov. Pete Ricketts’ news conference Wednesday and offered a bit of insight into the human toll the attack on Ukraine has had in Nebraska. Wearing a traditional Ukrainian flower crown called a vinok, the 7-year-old quietly spoke of her grandparents who remain in their homeland. “I’m […]

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts

Gov. Pete Ricketts rejects Legislature’s call to apply for $120 million in rental aid

By: - March 29, 2022

Gov. Pete Ricketts again swatted down the notion of getting $120 million in federal rental and utility aid for Nebraska, as he vetoed a bill Tuesday that the Legislature had passed calling on him to apply for the money. In a letter to the Legislature, the governor said accepting the second round of Emergency Rental […]

A growing ACLU Nebraska sees change in top spots

By: - March 29, 2022

A civil rights attorney who led a Lincoln human rights agency and earlier was a prison librarian has been named the new legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska. Mostly recently, Mindy Rush Chipman led the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, a city agency that works to prevent and respond to illegal […]