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Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. says two decades after the Cold War, relations between the two countries remain complex.

Sergey Kislyak discussed international relations during a forum Thursday night at UNO. Kislyak has served as Ambassador since 2008, and says the relationship between the U.S. and Russia has improved steadily over the past few years.

A Creighton University finance expert expects Warren Buffett’s cancer diagnosis to be the dominant topic at the upcoming Berkshire Hathaway shareholders’ meeting.

Buffett, the longtime Berkshire CEO, announced Tuesday he has stage one prostate cancer. Berkshire Hathaway Class A and B stock finished down about one and a half percent Tuesday and Wednesday.

Eight present and past outstanding Omaha area business leaders will be inducted into the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Hall of Fame on April 24th.   

Chamber President and CEO David Brown says the honor is meant to recognize the work these business leaders have done in the community. 

He says it is also a nod to the volunteer and philanthropic work these individuals did while they were still running their businesses or, in some cases, continue to do today.

Walmart Supercenter coming to north Omaha

Apr 9, 2012
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A new Walmart Supercenter in north Omaha is expected to create 275 jobs when it opens next year.

Walmart and city officials announced Monday that the Supercenter will be built at 50th and Ames Streets. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year. Mayor Jim Suttle says the project is important to north Omaha’s quality of life, as it'll provide a place for residents to buy household items, fresh fruit and vegetables, and other goods.

Suttle says he’s encouraged by the growth along the Ames corridor in the past year from 30th to 72nd Streets.

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A new study shows Omaha’s Midtown Crossing generated more than $26 million dollars in tax revenue for the city and state over the past five years, with an overall economic impact of $729 million during that time.

Good 360 opens national distribution and sorting center in Omaha

Mar 26, 2012
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North Omaha is the new home of a national distribution company’s new centralized location.

Good 360 opened its distribution and sorting center on North 16th Street Friday. The organization gets donations of new surplus or out of season products from corporations. They repackage and donate the products to nonprofits, who distribute the items to people in need.

Outlook Nebraska adds new equipment and additional employees

Mar 19, 2012
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An Omaha manufacturer with a workforce primarily of blind or visually impaired employees is expanding its operation.

Outlook Nebraska held an open house Friday to showcase its new 7.1 MILE Rewinder. The company employs 62 people, 42 of whom are blind or visually impaired.  Outlook Nebraska makes toilet tissue and paper towels. The product is sold to the government. 

Omaha Mayor signs anti-discrimination ordinance

Mar 15, 2012

 

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle has signed an ordinance banning discrimination in all public places on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Mayor Suttle signed the ordinance Thursday at City Hall. The city council narrowly approved it Tuesday on a 4-3 vote. It bans discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the workplace and all public places.

Omaha named among the best cities for jobs in the U.S.

Mar 2, 2012
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Omaha is among the best cities in the U.S. for jobs, according to Forbes Magazine.

Forbes released its list last month of best cities for jobs, with Omaha ranked seventh. Last year, Omaha was named as a top city for startup businesses.

Omaha’s young professionals will gather next week for an event focused on their community.

The event happens next Wednesday, February 29,  at the CenturyLink Center. Last year, Forbes Magazine named Omaha as one of the top cities for young professionals. Omaha also made Forbes’ list of most affordable cities.

Among the topics are community development, leadership, building a a personal brand, and social media. Author and designer Bruce Mau is the keynote speaker.

 

A Rhode Island-based biofuels company is expanding its operation at a southwest Iowa plant.

BioProcess Algae broke ground Wednesday on a five-acre facility at the Green Plains Energy ethanol plant in Shenandoah. BioProcess opened a demonstration plant in 2009 at GPRE’s Shenandoah campus. The facility captures the waste products used to make ethanol, and uses them to grow algae. The algae is then used in animal feed.

NPPD to borrow $235 million for general improvement projects

Jan 27, 2012
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The Nebraska Public Power District plans to borrow $235 million dollars for general improvement projects, including work at Cooper Nuclear Station.

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Construction is set to begin early next year on a major restoration project in Omaha’s Dundee neighborhood.

City officials announced the Dundee restoration project Thursday. It’ll involve new sidewalks, landscaping, benches, and parking along Underwood Avenue from 49th to 51st streets. Work will also be done along 50th street.

Omaha, NE – The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual meeting luncheon on Wednesday, February 1st.

David Brown is Chamber President and CEO. He says awards that'll be given out at the luncheon include the Chairman's Award of Excellence and Volunteer of the Year. He says the meeting is for anyone who's interested in how communities grow and what Omaha needs to do to make sure there are enough jobs here for future generations.

Brown says Governor Dave Heineman is one of two guest speakers at this year's luncheon.

Omaha, NE – A monthly economic indicator for the nine-state Mid America region shows a slight decline in December.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid America Business Conditions report. The monthly business conditions index declined to 50 in December from 52.6 in November.

Goss says the economy will grow this year, albeit slowly. He expects interest rates will remain low and inflation won't be an issue.

The index is an indicator of overall economic health in the nine-state region.

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