Labor & Growth

Nebraska Chamber: Raising state’s tech profile is one key to filling worker void

BY: - February 7, 2023

LINCOLN — With Nebraska today unable to fill as many as 80,000 jobs, the statewide business chamber wants to amplify the push to boost the Husker tech image and overall workforce numbers. “This next generation goes where the technology jobs are,” Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Tuesday. ‘We […]

Nebraska lawmaker revives attempt to support, streamline permits for food trucks

BY: - February 6, 2023

LINCOLN — A proposal in the Nebraska Legislature would cut red tape for food truck owners who face what State Sen. Tony Vargas of Omaha said is a “patchwork of regulations.” Legislative Bill 740 by Vargas would require the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to maintain a list of areas that have food truck ordinances and establish […]

North Omaha’s 24th Street corridor gets millions to kick off streetscape project

BY: - February 3, 2023

OMAHA — A North Omaha streetscape project kicked off Friday with about $9 million to help boost the area’s main commercial corridor, a historically redlined and disinvested part of the city. Improvements planned along the North 24th Street business improvement district, a 2.3-mile stretch from about Meredith Avenue to Cuming Street, call for enhanced sidewalks, […]

State employees union approves labor contract granting raises of up to 10%-27%

BY: - February 1, 2023

Editor’s note: this story has been updated to correct the percentages of the raises. LINCOLN — State workers have ratified a new labor contract that contains the largest salary increases in at least 35 years, a contract aimed at filling critical job vacancies. Gov. Jim Pillen and the Nebraska Association of Public Employees (NAPE) announced […]

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Omaha streetcar plan in jeopardy under proposed legislation, Omaha mayoral aide says

BY: - February 1, 2023

LINCOLN — A bill before the Nebraska Legislature could kill Omaha’s modern-day streetcar, as it would curb future tax-increment financing revenue that city leaders are counting on to pay off the project. That’s according to Steve Jensen, a City of Omaha economic development aide, who spoke Tuesday at a legislative committee hearing on the TIF-related […]

Union Omaha franchise eyes new soccer stadium, and Legislature is asked to pitch in financially

BY: - January 30, 2023

OMAHA — Union Omaha hopes to build a $100 million soccer stadium in north downtown that would be accompanied by new housing, perhaps a hotel and other related entertainment amenities. Legislative Bill 621, introduced by Sen. Mike McDonnell of Omaha, would direct up to $50 million in state funds to help bring that vision to […]

Omaha streetcar authority launches informational website

BY: - January 26, 2023

OMAHA — Updates on the planned Omaha streetcar project can now be found on a new website launched by the Omaha Streetcar Authority. “Omaha Streetcar On Track” provides a way to submit questions and lists a contact person at HDR. It offers other information, including links to legal and consultant documents, news stories and a […]

Mutual of Omaha kicks off construction of skyline-changer

BY: - January 25, 2023

OMAHA — With Wednesday’s ceremonial groundbreaking, Mutual of Omaha kicked off construction of its $600 million new headquarters poised to outstretch all buildings in Nebraska and five other surrounding states. At 677 feet tall, the glassy tower slated to open in 2026 is to include 800,000 square feet of office, meeting and amenity space. It […]

Nebraska unemployment rate ticks upward as national rate drops slightly

BY: - January 24, 2023

OMAHA — Of Nebraska’s private industries, job growth was greatest in the past year for construction and hospitality fields, according to an update from the State Department of Labor. Labor Commissioner John Albin said Tuesday that Nebraska, overall, has seen about 30,000 non-farm jobs added in a year’s time. “This is the largest December to […]

Back of legislative chambers

Measures seek to change Nebraska’s new voter-approved minimum wage provisions

BY: - January 24, 2023

LINCOLN — A few months after Nebraska voters approved a minimum wage increase schedule, two state lawmakers have introduced bills to try to change that course. A third state senator promptly objected with a legislative motion she calls a “red flag” of concern, signaling that the Legislature could be in for “lengthy and arduous” debate. […]

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Omaha streetcar debate rolls into the Nebraska Legislature

BY: - January 23, 2023

OMAHA — Though Omaha city officials have greenlighted the $300 million-plus urban streetcar project, a Nebraska lawmaker is waving the caution flag and has proposed legislation that could disrupt the flow. Among streetcar-related bills introduced by State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn is a call for the city or its streetcar authority to cover […]

Amazon facility at 72nd and State

Amazon update: New Bluffs facility has opened, Omaha’s 72 & State site still inactive

BY: - January 19, 2023

OMAHA — Another new area Amazon warehouse, this one in Council Bluffs, swung into action recently, albeit with a much smaller crew than originally envisioned.  The 270,000-square-foot sorting center at South 24th Street and Veterans Memorial Highway was completed at least a half year ago and opened just prior to this past holiday season as […]