Omaha Public Radio News
11:40 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Job creation, public safety priorities for Omaha Mayor in 2012

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says job creation and strategic planning are among his priorities for 2012.

In a video message released Wednesday, Suttle talked about the challenges the city faced this year, including Missouri River flooding and the downgrade of Omaha's bond rating. The rating was restored in early December.

Suttle says he has a broad agenda for 2012. "I am committed to keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe, which includes being free from illegal guns and gangs, working with the business community to strengthen our economy, and rebuilding our streets and parks so we can secure a strong foundation for the future growth of our community. And most importantly, doing whatever it takes to provide jobs for our citizens."

Another priority is the combined sewer overflow project. It'll cost the city of Omaha $1.7 billion dollars over the next 15 years. Suttle has lobbied for a local-federal partnership to share the cost of the CSO project.

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