Omaha’s arts and culture industry is one the city can count on, according to a new report released last week.
The Arts and Economic Prosperity report shows arts and culture provides for 3,400 full-time jobs, both directly and indirectly, in Omaha.
Marjorie Maas, Director of Nebraskans for the Arts, says the city’s arts and culture organizations provided 89 million dollars worth of economic impact last year, making up half of the state’s 174 million.
The city of Omaha could soon grow by 6,353 residents.
An open house Wednesday in Omaha gives residents in eight Sanitary Improvement Districts to be annexed a chance to ask questions and find out what services might change. The SIDs are Lakeview Heights, Pepperwood, The Colonies, Seven Pines, Walnut Lake, Standing Bear, Hillsborough Plaza, and Pegasus.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss compiles the Mid-America Business Conditions report. The business conditions index, which measures overall economic health, slipped to 57.6 in May from 60 in April. However, it continues to show economic growth in the region.
Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett says he’s “feeling terrific” following his diagnosis of stage one prostate cancer.
Buffett’s cancer was among the first round of questions fielded Saturday morning at Berkshire’s annual shareholders meeting. The 81-year-old Buffett announced last month he had stage one prostate cancer, and will begin treatment in July. He told shareholders that he has four doctors, who’ve told him he won’t need to be hospitalized or take a day off work.
A survey of supply managers in nine states shows the economy is growing, in spite of continued troubles at the national level.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the Mid-America Business Conditions survey. The Business Conditions Index, an overall indicator of economic health, climbed to 60 in April. A number above 50 indicates economic growth. Goss says healthy agricultural and manufacturing sectors are to credit for the growth.
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.
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.
The city of Omaha is forming a task force to study solutions to problem landlords and poor rental housing.
Kevin Denker, Chief Housing Inspector for the city of Omaha, says his department has 4,000 active complaints they’re investigating. Some of those are multiple dwellings in one building. Denker says the Housing Division gets about 120 complaints a month. That number rises to 180 in the summer.
Omaha is one of eight U.S. cities to receive a Smarter Cities Challenge Grant this year from IBM.
IBM awarded Smarter Cities Challenge grants to 33 cities worldwide. The grant brings a team of IBM analysts to the city for three weeks. In Omaha, the team will study redevelopment in the city’s east and northeast neighborhoods.