Labor & Growth

Three to join the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame

BY: - April 25, 2022

Leaders of a construction company, a private equity firm and a manufacturer of animal health products are to be inducted May 2 into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame. The three are Mike McCarthy of McCarthy Capital of Omaha; John Sampson of Sampson Construction of Lincoln; and Gloria Thesenvitz of Nova-Tech Inc. of Grand Island. […]

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Ricketts announces new tuition reimbursement benefit for kids of state employees

BY: - April 25, 2022

LINCOLN — Children of Nebraska’s 16,000 state employees will get 100% reimbursement for two years of tuition at state community colleges under an initiative highlighted Monday at a press conference held by Gov. Pete Ricketts. The new benefit, officials said, will not only serve to improve benefits for state workers, but will also train recent high […]

Google announces Nebraska growth plan that includes new northwest Omaha data center

BY: - April 21, 2022

Editor’s note: This report updates an earlier version with reporting from Thursday’s Google event.  When the newly announced northwest Omaha Google data center is up and running, the metro area will have the largest Google operational presence in the country, representatives of the tech titan said Thursday. The multi-building campus — set to rise on […]

Nebraska closing gap in return to pre-pandemic payroll job count

BY: - April 20, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Gov. Pete Rickett’s remarks. While Nebraska has yet to catch up to its pre-pandemic number of payroll jobs, the gap is closing, and the Husker state is on pace to become the 18th to make up that lost ground. “Nebraska’s recovery churns along steadily,” said Michael […]

May open houses aim to gather community perspective for Omaha affordable housing plan

BY: - April 19, 2022

A series of open houses will be held in Omaha throughout May to gather community feedback as city managers and RDG Planning & Design develop Omaha’s housing affordability action plan. The goal is to identify strategies and develop a blueprint for quality housing options, including dwellings that are financially accessible to more people. Omaha officials […]

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Nebraska rises to the top in a national look at recession resilience

BY: - April 15, 2022

A low unemployment rate, relatively affordable housing and hefty government cash reserves helped propel Nebraska to the No. 1 spot in a new report that ranks U.S. states most likely to survive the next recession., an online publication that provides reviews on businesses, said the top-ranking states in its study shared low unemployment and […]

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Nebraska legislative bill to require computer technology classwork for graduation

BY: - April 12, 2022

LINCOLN — In Arkansas, enrollment in technology-related college courses increased 10-fold after the state passed a requirement that school kids pass computer-related classes.  “Now, they have companies moving there because they have skilled workers,” said Mike Cassling, the CEO of an Omaha health care tech firm. Cassling was among advocates for an increase in computer […]

School janitor in Nebraska’s Weeping Water gets a national spotlight — and prize

BY: - April 12, 2022

A school janitor in Weeping Water, Nebraska, has been selected as a finalist in a national “Custodians Are Key” contest that will gift a $15,000 grand prize to the champion and their respective K-12 school. Already, though, Laurie Yard is a winner. She rose to the top three of nearly 1,000 people nominated for the […]

Community Alliance is building a $60 million facility at 71st and Mercy Road

Community Alliance nonprofit plans new $60 million headquarters

BY: - April 12, 2022

A surge in mental illness and an Omaha nonprofit’s 40-year record of responding to that demand has given rise to a $60 million headquarters plan that triples program space for Community Alliance. Now based at 41st and Leavenworth Streets, Community Alliance expects to move into its new 120,000-square-foot complex at 72nd Street and Mercy Road […]

Triage Staffing new five-story headquarters near 137th and West Dodge Road

New Omaha corporate base triples space for fast-growing Triage medical staffing

BY: - April 12, 2022

A fast-growing medical staffing agency buys new headquarters that triples its space and prepares for future growth that the chief executive does not see slowing down.

Hastings meatpacker pays fine for failing to report injuries to workers

BY: - April 11, 2022

LINCOLN — A Hastings, Nebraska, meat processing plant has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine for failing to report injuries to workers in order to avoid paying higher premiums for workers compensation insurance. The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, which investigated and prosecuted the case, announced the settlement Friday against Noah’s Ark, a New Jersey-based corporation. […]

Omaha tiny-house village aims to be final step out of homelessness

BY: - April 8, 2022

Nebraska’s first modern-day tiny house village — soon to start sprouting in north downtown Omaha — is expected to do more than add affordable-rent dwellings to the trendy urban core. The 50 stand-alone homes, each about 250 square feet, serve a humanitarian purpose: They’re to be occupied by former homeless people who have thrived in […]