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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.

Nonprofit launches process to award millions of dollars to expand affordable housing

By: - August 23, 2022

Have an idea that expands affordable housing options in Omaha? Front Porch Investments, in partnership with the City of Omaha, is seeking real estate developers and other applicants interested in a chunk of $40 million that’s been earmarked for affordable housing projects. Proposals for the initial round of funding are due by noon Sept. 13. […]

Brickline at the Mercantile apartments

Former chunk of downtown Omaha Conagra campus soon to open as Brickline at the Mercantile

By: - August 23, 2022

OMAHA — When a $500 million redevelopment plan was first announced for obsolete parts of Conagra’s downtown campus, two things hadn’t happened yet: the COVID-19 pandemic and the makeover of Gene Leahy Mall.  Now, five years later, both those events to some degree have bolstered the outlook for the initial housing component slated to open […]

Nebraska unemployment ticks up as separate report ranks Huskers in top 10 states for labor productivity

By: - August 19, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska’s unemployment rate has ticked up a bit to 2% but remains the second lowest in the country, according to preliminary and seasonally adjusted Department of Labor data released Friday. Meanwhile, a separate report from a national publication, focused on digital transformation, shows Nebraska among the top 10 states for improved labor productivity […]

Nebraska legislative team drills down into details of spending $335 million in North, South Omaha

By: - August 18, 2022

OMAHA — After hearing highlights from meetings held earlier this week with North and South Omaha leaders, a special legislative committee on Thursday moved closer to resolving a $335 million question. That is: How best can the panel identify projects that will spark wealth-building, well-paying jobs and generational change in the poorest areas of Nebraska? […]

Eviction notice and mask

City of Omaha reverses legal position, opens emergency rental aid to undocumented immigrants

By: - August 17, 2022

OMAHA — The City of Omaha has reversed an earlier legal stance and now is opening federal emergency aid to all renters hurt by the pandemic — regardless of citizenship or U.S. legal status. The change of heart puts Omaha at odds with the opinion of the State of Nebraska and Gov. Pete Ricketts, yet […]

Omahans including Mayor Stothert are off to Carlentini, Sicily, to advance sister city “friendship” bond

By: - August 17, 2022

OMAHA — Nearly 100 Omahans, including Mayor Jean Stothert, will be converging upon Carlentini, Sicily, over the next several days to advance a sister city connection with the motherland of many local families of Italian descent. Stothert will be meeting with Carlentini Mayor Giuseppe Stefio, her counterpart in that Italian city of about 17,000, which […]

Salsa Siembra

‘Siembra’ internship plants seeds for budding professionals needed in Nebraska

By: - August 16, 2022

OMAHA — Armed with red, green, skinny, stubby and other chiles, Haidy Rivera and a team of fellow interns set out to create an unforgettable salsa. By the end of a weeklong mission, guided by renowned Nebraska chef Clayton Chapman, the half-dozen teens had cooked up and packaged a hot item they felt suited their […]

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 […]