3 out of 4 residents feel positively about quality of life in the Metro

Feb 19, 2014

The results of an in-depth survey of the metro area’s future needs have been released.

The purpose of the Heartland 2050 project is to think about where people live and work and how they get around in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro, and then develop a regional vision for the area.

By 2050, it’s estimated the population of the metro will grow to at least 1 million residents. 

Greg Youell is Executive Director for the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency.

He says MAPA wants to be sure as the Heartland 2050 project moves forward that things residents’ value are included in the plan.

"It’s really a unique project to figure out what are our major issues, what are our major challenges and what are our major strengths and then to have a path to action.  What are projects that the metro area really wants to focus on going forward, with all that in mind?”

Youell says MAPA hired a firm to conduct in-depth surveys with residents to find out what people think about the future of the region. 

He says three out of four individuals see the quality of life in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area as positive and getting better.