Labor & Growth

Nebraska’s work ethic, educated workforce may help weather possible recession, economist says

BY: - September 22, 2022

LINCOLN — Nebraska has weathered past recessions better than the rest of the country and might again, according to a leading state economist. Eric Thompson, director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said Thursday that Nebraska’s high rates of workforce participation and education should help the state fend off the […]

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 […]

Nebraska businesses report great difficulty in hiring, getting applicants

BY: - September 14, 2022

LINCOLN — How hard is it for Nebraska companies to find workers? Real hard, according to recent state labor report. In surveys of businesses in the Omaha area and northeast and southeast Nebraska, up to 94% of businesses responding to a “labor availability” survey said they had hiring difficulties. In the Omaha area, 84% of […]

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 […]

State staffing shortages include snow plow operators, has union seeking higher wages to fill ‘critical’ vacancies

BY: - September 12, 2022

LINCOLN — Could the State of Nebraska lack enough workers to plow the snow off highways this winter? Nebraska’s public employees union thinks so and are seeking salary increases that keep up with inflation to combat shortages of highway maintenance workers and others in labor negotiations that will begin later this month. “We’re falling behind,” […]

$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 […]

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 […]

As teens wait for work, ag firms turn to guest workers to tend to Midwest cornfields

BY: - September 6, 2022

Over time, Lynn Leif found herself with less and less work to offer to teenagers. For more than 40 years, Leif and her family employed up to 500 middle and high schoolers to detassel corn in July and August. Based in York, Nebraska, she ran buses to pick up teens in neighboring Seward and all […]

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Prairie preservationists mourn loss of virgin prairie at Google data center site

BY: - September 6, 2022

“Anybody can love the mountains, but it takes a soul to love the prairie.” — Willa Cather OMAHA — A prairie in bloom has a special attraction for biologists like Tom Bragg and Glenn Pollock. Both can tell stories of being chased off a small, private plot of virgin prairie they had individually spied while […]