Labor & Growth

South Omaha leaders tell lawmakers they’re fed up with being left out

BY: - February 14, 2022

South Omaha advocates converge at the Nebraska State Capitol to ask the government to invest in their community

Nebraska State Capitol Building

Concerns raised over bill to allow counties to set higher minimum wage

BY: - February 14, 2022

LINCOLN — A representative of Nebraska’s counties told a legislative committee Monday that more study is needed before granting the power to set a minimum wage county by county. “We typically don’t get involved in these main street business decisions,” said Jon Cannon, executive director of the Nebraska Association of County Officials. “This isn’t a […]

Platte-Missouri development site

Prime location for business/habitat development snubbed for lottery funds

BY: - February 14, 2022

LINCOLN — For more than 20 years, new business prospects have come and gone to redevelop a former fertilizer plant site at the confluence of the Platte and Missouri Rivers, south of Bellevue. Toyota was among those that looked at locating on the old PCS Nitrogen site before picking another state for a new automobile […]

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State funds could help build $80 million national defense ‘innovation hub’

BY: - February 10, 2022

The State of Nebraska might pitch in for proposed $80 million innovation and research hub that would strengthen national defense and house hundreds of professionals earning six-figure salaries.

Sens. Flood, Groene say whoa to letting casino developments use TIF subsidy

BY: - February 8, 2022

LINCOLN — State Sen. Mike Flood took aim Tuesday at allowing incoming Nebraska casinos to tap public tax-increment financing as a way to defray development costs. The Norfolk lawmaker said he wouldn’t object to an already-approved plan for a $220 million casino at Omaha’s Horsemen’s Park. But going forward, he said, using the subsidy to […]

Colorado buyer seeks TIF to help spiff up Omaha’s former Scoular site

BY: - February 5, 2022

OMAHA — A Colorado group wants to buy the former headquarters of one of Nebraska’s oldest companies — but first is asking the City of Omaha for a public subsidy to help revamp the place. The Denver-based Kentro Group intends to buy and rehabilitate the nearly 90,000-square-foot downtown Omaha complex that the international Scoular grain […]

$27 million apartments may rise on old eyesore hotel site at 39th and Dodge

BY: - February 2, 2022

OMAHA — After 15 years of sitting vacant, the midtown Omaha land that once housed the eyesore Travel Inn hotel is poised to be revived with a $27 million apartment building called The View on 39th. Under a plan by Omaha developer Woodsonia, the acre of ground northwest of 39th and Dodge Streets would become […]

$450 million recovery plan seen as unprecedented opportunity to help revitalize North Omaha

BY: - February 2, 2022

LINCOLN — Osie Combs Jr. is ready and willing. The chief executive of Pacific Engineering envisions his company expanding on a swath of land near Eppley Airfield that’s eyed for business development under the North Omaha 2022 Recovery Plan. Mark Norman of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce said after searching for more than 10 […]

Omaha explores new 72nd and Dodge library branch

BY: - January 28, 2022

Omahans might see a new and different library facility rise southwest of the busy 72nd and Dodge Streets intersection. That public library, which is not a done deal, is separate from the City of Omaha’s ongoing and controversial process to relocate the  downtown W. Dale Clark Library to 1401 Jones St. Mutual of Omaha said […]

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts

Ricketts says no to second round of rental assistance for Nebraska

BY: - January 28, 2022

Nebraskans behind on their rent might miss out on a $120 million pot of money Congress set aside to help them. Gov. Pete Ricketts said Thursday that Nebraska will not apply for a second round of federal emergency rental aid.  “The federal government has said that you no longer need any impact of COVID to […]

Lawmakers object to TIF use for Omaha streetcar

BY: - January 27, 2022

OMAHA — A Nebraska senator who championed the law that gave “extremely blighted” neighborhoods a better shot at economic development says it is being “abused” for the proposed Omaha streetcar project. Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha said he intended the 2020 change to tax-increment financing legislation to benefit the poorest areas of the state. The […]

Omaha aims for revamped urban core with streetcar, new downtown Mutual HQ

BY: and - January 26, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated. OMAHA — A long-discussed streetcar, free to ride and running three miles from 10th Street to midtown, was the key to Mutual of Omaha’s decision to build a skyscraper on the property that houses the city’s main library.  The Nebraska Examiner broke the news of both new projects […]