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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 education chief takes pandemic-related message to Capitol Hill

By: - September 21, 2022

Nebraska’s education commissioner told a congressional panel Tuesday that this school year in Husker territory started with “much more reason for optimism.” “I am hearing that schools believe student negative behaviors that were markedly up in ‘21-’22 seem, at least for now, to have waned,” Matthew Blomstedt said in testimony prepared for a U.S. House […]

A pro baseball team and Q Street revival are among ideas for South, North Omaha grants

By: - September 19, 2022

OMAHA — Ideas to bring long-term economic vitality to South and North Omaha streamed in Monday as a series of public meetings kicked off on how to spend millions in federal recovery funds. Proposals ranged from funding a professional baseball team to replacing leaded water pipes in poor households to a multimillion-dollar revamp around the […]

Ground by Gretna outlets mall to turn into sprawling industrial park

By: - September 19, 2022

GRETNA, Nebraska — About 170 acres of former farmland near the Nebraska Crossing outlets is expected to turn into the Omaha metro area’s largest contiguous industrial park. Developer NewStreet Properties believes that the project over time will lure investment of up to $190 million. The Gretna Logistics Park, as the site is called, is to […]

$50 million grant to help raze barracks-like Omaha public housing complex

By: - September 14, 2022

OMAHA — A $50 million federal grant is to help launch what could be a $300 million makeover of the city’s largest public housing complex and South Omaha neighborhoods that surround it. Partners involved in the overhaul — the City of Omaha, Omaha Housing Authority, Canopy South and Brinshore Development — have been awaiting word […]

Study: Nebraska ranks high among states that lost young and wealthy

By: - September 13, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska ranked 10th in an analysis by a financial advice website that looked at which states (and the District of Columbia) are losing the most young rich professionals. To uncover losers and gainers, SmartAsset.com examined migration trends, inflow and outflow patterns, from 2019 to 2020. The researchers considered people younger than 35 years […]

$25 million Radius campus for youth residential treatment rises in North Omaha

By: - September 12, 2022

OMAHA — A $25 million residential youth treatment center rising in North Omaha aims to fill a service gap in the metro area, one that has had courts and families sending some troubled teens off to other states to get help. The new Radius nonprofit will feature a 24-bedroom facility for residents ages 12 to […]

Gov. Ricketts takes aim at Title IX changes sought by federal officials

By: - September 11, 2022

Gov. Pete Ricketts is criticizing the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed revisions to Title IX, and on Friday he called on other Nebraskans to weigh in as well. Federal education officials have stated that a review of current regulations, and of public and stakeholder meetings, suggest that the existing rules do not best fulfill the […]

Trendy Blackstone District developer looks to build $22 million project in North Omaha

By: - September 7, 2022

OMAHA — A midtown real estate team best known for turning a forsaken urban corridor into the trendy Blackstone commercial district is venturing into different territory. GreenSlate Development wants to build a sprawling warehouse in an industrial area of North Omaha. The company has purchased 11 vacant acres north of the Storz Expressway along Ninth […]

Costco warehouse store that’s proposed for northwest Omaha gets Planning Board nod

By: - September 7, 2022

OMAHA — A Costco store is part of a mixed-use development site proposed southeast of Omaha’s 180th Street and West Maple Road. Costco has acquired a 36-acre tract in that area, said attorney Larry Jobeun, who is representing the company. It wants to build a 160,000-square-foot Costco store and a motor fueling station on chunks […]

Creighton University research shows fast-growing political divide over childhood vaccine policies

By: - September 2, 2022

OMAHA — The political divide over childhood vaccinations surfaced before the COVID-19 virus. But partisan discord about them has grown faster than the hot-button issue of abortion. That’s according to research led by Omaha Creighton University’s Kevin Estep and newly published in the American Journal of Public Health. Estep, assistant professor in the Department of […]

Public hearing dates set to learn about submitting ideas for $335 million in Economic Recovery Act

By: - August 31, 2022

OMAHA — Four public hearings have been scheduled for Omahans to learn more about how to submit proposals to use millions of dollars available under the Economic Recovery Act. The act, enacted with the passage of Legislative Bill 1024 by the Nebraska Legislature earlier this year, provides $335 million to assist North and South Omaha […]

CRE Summit to explore new partnerships and pandemic-related shifts in Nebraska real estate industry

By: - August 24, 2022

OMAHA — Omaha is preparing to step up its role as a real estate development center by launching a local chapter of the Urban Land Institute. As an official link in that international network, local members would be able to tap into more consulting and training resources and form stronger regional and national partnerships, said […]