Labor & Growth

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 […]

Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting

BY: - April 30, 2022

Reporters Steve Jordon and Cindy Gonzalez provide live reports from Berkshire Hathaway’s 2022 annual meeting, held  Saturday, April 30, at the CHI Health Center convention center in downtown Omaha.    

Greater Omaha Chamber selects new leader

BY: - April 29, 2022

The Greater Omaha Chamber Friday announced its new president and CEO: Veta Jeffery, who previously managed the State of Missouri’s community and economic development services. Jeffery replaces David Brown, who earlier announced his retirement after 20 years. Appointed to her former position by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Jeffery convened public and private sectors and helped […]

Mutual of Omaha to spread downtown footprint beyond library site, sell midtown garages to city

BY: - April 29, 2022

Insurance giant Mutual of Omaha not only intends to relocate its corporate headquarters to the downtown site currently occupied by the W. Dale Clark Library, but it also plans to acquire the city-owned block of land to the east. Lately, that spot — bounded by 13th, 14th, Farnam and Douglas Streets — has been used […]

Hundreds of new Omaha hotel rooms greet Berkshire Hathaway guests — and there’s room at the inn

BY: - April 29, 2022

The Berkie brigade converging in Omaha this weekend will see a vastly different landscape — more downtown apartments, a multimillion-dollar riverfront parks makeover and, notably, a bigger assortment of hotels. Indeed, in the city’s urban core alone, about 600 new hotel rooms have opened since the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting was last held live three […]

‘Real work’ begins on $335 million investment to revive areas including North and South Omaha

BY: - April 28, 2022

OMAHA — With the heaviest legislative lifting behind them, key Nebraska lawmakers and Gov. Pete Ricketts gathered Thursday away from the State Capitol, on community turf where a $335 million recovery plan is to turn into action. Meeting at a site in North Omaha, the public officials led a celebratory bill-signing event kicking off what […]

Railroad yard

Railroaders to protest new work scheduling system outside Berkshire Hathaway meeting

BY: - April 28, 2022

OMAHA — Some angry railroaders, upset with a new work scheduling system at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, will be protesting outside Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting Saturday at the CHI Health Center arena. Locomotive engineers say the new attendance policy, called “Hi Viz,” requires them to be on call 90% of the time and has led […]

Nebraska is an outlier in latest national rent trend report

BY: - April 26, 2022

When it comes to the nation’s average apartment rents, Nebraska reportedly is one of the few states that has seen a price dip over last year. That’s according to the latest trends review from, an online property site. In its newly released April report, said about 95% of states saw increases in average […]

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. […]

Ricketts press conference

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 […]