Labor & Growth

Nebraska Supreme Court

Nebraska Supreme Court rules in favor of a meatpacking worker fired during the pandemic

BY: - May 20, 2022

The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday reversed a lower court’s opinion denying several weeks of unemployment benefits to a packinghouse worker who said he refused to take on additional duties of a colleague absent with COVID-19. The ruling centered on whether Saied Badawi’s actions leading up to his termination from JBS Swift Beef amounted to […]

Apartments repurposed from fitness center

An obsolete health club in Omaha is to see a different 24-hour use — as apartments

BY: - May 18, 2022

Editor’s note: This has been updated to revise the cost of the project. After sitting vacant and in disrepair for four years, a former 24 Hour Fitness in northwest Omaha is poised to bounce back as a $35 million apartment complex. In its new form, the obsolete health club will gain heft and height: A […]

Midtown Crossing

Mutual of Omaha’s downtown move expected to spur $1 billion in investment at new and old campuses

BY: - May 14, 2022

OMAHA — Mutual of Omaha’s move from midtown to downtown is now projected to spur roughly $1 billion in redevelopment — an escalated $600 million for the insurer’s new headquarters and a $400 million makeover at its old campus. That’s the update according to the Fortune 500 company and its real estate developer, Lanoha Real […]

Omahan rises from public housing to provider of affordable housing

BY: - May 13, 2022

Don Curry said he knows firsthand how affordable housing can help boost a kid toward success. As a 13-year-old in 1983, he and his mom and sister became one of the first families in Omaha’s scattered-site public housing program. They lived in a government subsidized home near 16th and Emmet Streets before Curry moved away […]

David Brown

Retired Omaha Chamber leader takes consulting position with Wisconsin firm

BY: - May 11, 2022

David Brown, recently retired CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber, has been named lead consultant of a Madison, Wisconsin, firm. Brown, who led the Omaha chamber for nearly 20 years, said he will remain living in Omaha and will work remotely on a project-by-project basis for NEXT Generation Consulting. The firm helps businesses and organizations […]

Bluestem Prairie

$25 million Bluestem Prairie residential pocket ready to sprout in North Omaha

BY: - May 9, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include details from the groundbreaking, including remarks from Spencer Danner, who grew up at the site. OMAHA — A new $25 million neighborhood aimed at providing affordable homeownership opportunities is ready to sprout on a long-vacant North Omaha site once occupied by the neglected Wintergreen Apartments. The […]

Omaha’s Cinco de Mayo expects big bounce back

BY: - May 5, 2022

Nebraska’s biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration kicks off in South Omaha this weekend, highlighted by a Saturday parade of 100 entries that will stretch through the historic 24th Street commercial district. It’s a time to see folklorico dancers, floats, prancing horses, marching bands and area political candidates making final pitches before the May 10 primary […]

Wilderness Park protest

Lincoln mayor to OK development near Wilderness Park, disappointing protesters

BY: - May 5, 2022

LINCOLN — Organizers of a protest encampment next to Lincoln’s Wilderness Park expressed disappointment Thursday that Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird has declined to veto a proposed housing development near two ceremonial Native American sweat lodges. The proposed Wilderness Crossing development sits across a gravel road from a private enclave called “The Fish Farm,” which has […]

The $34.5 million Dizzy Mule is headed to downtown Omaha

BY: - May 5, 2022

OMAHA — The nearly $35 million Dizzy Mule project — poised to turn both new and historic structures into 172 apartments and space for artists and retailers — is about to transform another downtown city block. Dizzy Mule’s lighthearted name is derived from the old Disbrow millwork operation and mule barn that operated as far […]

Mutual of Omaha envisions a potential second office tower on city block east of the library

BY: - May 2, 2022

Omahans eventually could see a second Mutual of Omaha downtown office structure, perhaps up to 20 stories high, on the city block east of the current library site where the insurance mammoth plans to build its corporate headquarters. Details on what specifically would occupy that 1.7 acres are to be hammered out later, CEO James […]

Valley’s 3M plant announces $58 million expansion

BY: - May 2, 2022

A $58 million expansion project creating about 50 new jobs is planned at the 3M facility in Valley, Nebraska. The 80,000-square-foot addition aims to grow production of 3M’s respiratory and hearing protection products, according to a news release from the company. “Our colleagues at 3M’s Valley plant have played an important role providing critical supplies […]

Lincoln group creates ‘scorecard’ tool to help evaluate affordable housing projects

BY: - May 2, 2022

A Lincoln group is ready to launch a new tool — the “equitable development scorecard” — to help evaluate the benefits that a new housing project brings to the city and whether it meets affordable housing goals. “As Lincoln continues to welcome new neighbors while tackling the affordable housing gap, it’s essential that equity is […]