Omaha, NE – The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce's December 2007 economic indicators show more than 8,400 jobs were added between December 2006 and 2007. Senior Director Scott Strain says the manufacturing, professional and business services, education, and health care sectors all added jobs. He says despite national economic trouble, Omaha's economy is showing stable, steady growth. Strain points out that this is the first growth in the manufacturing sector since 2000.
Omaha, NE – The Financial Stability Partnership and H and R Block are planning to accept 250 families in the pilot program. Partnership spokeswoman Julie Kalkowski says families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit can call the United Way's 211 line to find free tax preparation sites. At those sites, they can set up a savings account when they have their taxes done. Kalkowski says the goal is to help families set up and build savings to help them become more financially stable. For more information about the program, call 561-7592.
Omaha, NE – With bitterly cold weather sticking around through this week, the Nebraska Humane Society wants pet owners to make sure their animals are safe and warm. Humane Society spokeswoman Pam Wiese says outdoor pets should be brought inside. If that isn't possible, Wiese says pet owners should make sure the pet's outdoor shelter is shielded from the cold. She says the pet's house shouldn't be much larger than the animal. It should be lined with hay and have a door. Also, Wiese says outdoor pets should have additional food and water.