North Omaha, looking toward corner of 24th and Ohio Streets, where a tour group is checking out sights. (Cindy Gonzalez/Nebraska Examiner)
OMAHA — The Nebraska Department of Economic Development, a state agency responsible for the selection and oversight of millions of dollars in grants, will host a pair of open houses next week in South and North Omaha.
Organizers say the events provide an opportunity for residents of the urban areas to meet staff members who work in the North and South field offices, and to learn about the department’s many programs.
“DED places a premium on developing these relationships, which we see as key to unlocking the immense potential for growth in North and South Omaha,” said chief strategy officer Trevon Brooks, who guided the opening of the North Omaha office in 2021.
The South Omaha field office opened last year.
Among the duties of both offices is playing a central role in DED’s management of the North and South Omaha Recovery Grant Program. Approved by the Legislature as part of the Economic Recovery Act, the grants — many of which are yet to be allotted — were designed to spur economic development and jobs. Community members have raised numerous questions about the ongoing selection process.
Registration is requested for both open houses, which are to include Spanish-speaking interpreters, said a media statement.
Metro Community College, South Omaha campus
Automotive Training Center 203
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Metro Community College, Fort Omaha campus in North Omaha
Building 22, Swanson Conference Center, 201A
5730 N. 30th Street
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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