Labor & Growth

Small Nebraska towns get spiffed up with federal funding boost

BY: - October 24, 2022

LINCOLN — Five Nebraska towns, including two with only 100 or so residents apiece, have been awarded a total of about $2 million to develop projects ranging from sprucing up Main Street to building a center for seniors. The funds announced by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development come from the federal U.S. Department of […]

Nebraska unemployment rate up slightly

BY: - October 21, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska has dropped in a national ranking of states for low unemployment, dipping to a three-way tie for fourth place with a 2.2% unemployment rate. That’s according to September data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. At times around the start of the year and more recently, Nebraska’s unemployment rate […]

Lawmakers’ road trip pushes airport-related change to Nebraska Constitution

BY: - October 19, 2022

LINCOLN — A bipartisan trio of Nebraska lawmakers traversed Husker land this week touting an air travel-related ballot measure as a way the state can ramp up new business and talent. Amendment 1, which Nebraskans will vote on Nov. 8, would open a gate for cities and counties with airports to spend public funds to […]

North Omaha Trail seeks to connect, heal wounds of past

BY: - October 18, 2022

OMAHA — Minneapolis has the Midtown Greenway, New Orleans has Lafitte Greenway and Atlanta has its BeltLine trail. Now local community leaders, who took a cue from those popular urban trails, are marking the near completion of the first phase of the North Omaha Trail. About two miles of infrastructure on the walking-biking-scooter path is […]

JBS, Tyson Foods invest in smartwatch app that monitors workers

BY: - October 18, 2022

Two of America’s largest meat companies — JBS and Tyson Foods — have invested in a smartwatch application that allows managers to monitor workers’ movements. The startup behind the application, Mentore, claims to improve worker productivity while reducing injuries. The repetitive, fast and taxing work of cutting and packing protein makes meat processing plants some of the […]

Construction resumes on Red Cloud’s new hotel

BY: - October 17, 2022

LINCOLN — A recent groundbreaking ceremony celebrated the renewal of construction on the Potter Block building in downtown Red Cloud, Nebraska.  The Potter Block building will undergo rehabilitation and be transformed into a 22,500-square-foot facility, which will become Hotel Garber.  Renovations began in early 2018 with excavating and underpinning the basement so the hotel could […]

Subway car takes the win in “Coolest Thing Made in Nebraska” contest

BY: - October 11, 2022

OMAHA — The winner, announced Tuesday, of the first-ever “Coolest Thing Made in Nebraska” competition by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a new technology subway car made in the Lincoln plant of Kawasaki Motors. The R211 subway car, which can be found running on tracks in New York City, emerged on top […]

‘Greenlining’ fund aims to counter ill effects of redlining in Omaha

BY: - October 10, 2022

OMAHA — The nonprofit Front Porch Investments is preparing to launch a “Greenlining Fund” to help reverse the historic and ill effects of local redlining. The organization, supported by major philanthropic foundations and the City of Omaha, describes the new program as a way to help low- to moderate-income families and individuals build wealth and […]

Contest seeks to learn: What’s the coolest thing made in Nebraska?

BY: - October 5, 2022

OMAHA — More than 20,000 votes so far have chimed in on a contest that next week will reveal the “Coolest Thing Made in Nebraska.” Designed as a fun image-booster for the state’s manufacturing industry, the bracket-style knockout competition was organized by the Nebraska Manufacturing Alliance and Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry. People with […]

Regional survey shows slumping economic confidence, foresees ‘flat’ holiday activity

BY: - October 3, 2022

OMAHA — Confidence in the economy slumped again in September, fueling the worst string of optimism readings since the 2008-09 recession, according to the author of Creighton University’s Mid-America Business Conditions Index. The monthly index report, led by Creighton economist Ernie Goss, is based on a survey of supply managers that  helps forecast economic conditions […]

Nenzel vineyard

Unique Sandhills winery amid ‘ocean of grass’ plans expansion

BY: - October 3, 2022

LINCOLN — With only 20 residents or so, Nenzel, Nebraska, easily qualifies as a tiny Sandhills village. And, with the only community of size, Valentine, 30 miles down U.S. Highway 20, the description “remote” works, too. One of Nenzel’s main calling cards is the lack of city lights to interfere with the starry nights. The […]

Shipping container houses traveling ‘Say It Loud’ Nebraska exhibit

BY: - October 3, 2022

OMAHA — Visitors entering a 20-foot converted shipping container that’s traveling to spots in Lincoln and Omaha will see the work and hear the stories of 45 Nebraskans who represent diversity in design fields.  The Say It Loud exhibit, open to the public, is a collaboration with Beyond the Built Environment and others that features […]