economy

Omaha
2:04 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Task Force to study solutions to substandard housing, problem landlords

 

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.

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Omaha
8:49 am
Tue March 20, 2012

City of Omaha, Empowerment Network partner on program for youth

The city of Omaha is putting $300,000 toward a new job training program for young people.

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Omaha
10:19 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Omaha receives IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant

A map of Omaha's midtown neighborhoods.
Courtesy www.destinationmidtown.org

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. 

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Nebraska
11:41 am
Tue March 13, 2012

New report shows 1 in 7 Nebraskans struggle to buy enough food for their families

 

A new report shows one in seven Nebraskans experienced food hardship last year.

The report from the Food Research and Action Center shows 17 percent of households in the Second Congressional District struggled to buy enough food to feed their families.

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Politics & Elections
12:30 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Eco-tourism focus of upcoming conference of Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado Governors

courtesy Google Images

Economic development and eco-tourism are the focus of a conference next Friday in Nebraska.

Governor Dave Heineman announced Monday he’ll meet with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. The meeting is, in part, an opportunity for the three Governors to view the sandhill crane migration. Gov. Heineman says it's also a chance for the three Governors to discuss economic development, water use, and what each state can learn from the other.

Business
1:00 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

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

image courtesy Silicon Prairie News

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.

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Business
11:49 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Community development, inclusion and leadership among topics of Omaha Young Professionals Summit

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.

Omaha
2:02 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Omaha ends 2011 budget year with projected $740,000 deficit

The city of Omaha ended 2011 with a $740,000 budget deficit.

City officials released the preliminary fourth quarter financial report Thursday. The report says Omaha’s lack of a new contract with the fire union cost the city two million dollars. The City Council rejected a new contract with the fire union last year. Since then, a ruling from the Commission of Industrial Relations cost the city of Omaha $3.2 million.

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Politics & Elections
2:12 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

State of the City: Omaha Mayor focused on jobs, reducing crime, flood recovery

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.
Photo courtesy city of Omaha

Job creation, reducing crime, and flood recovery were dominant themes in Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle’s third State of the City address.

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Politics & Elections
7:35 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Douglas County Board opposed to legislation ending inheritance tax

Douglas County Commissioners say taxpayers could be forced to pay more if the state of Nebraska does away with its inheritance tax.

During his State of the State address, Governor Dave Heineman told lawmakers he wants the inheritance tax to end. The inheritance tax is based upon the fair market value of a property at the time of a person’s death. The amount of tax paid varies depending on the relationship between the deceased and the person who inherits the property.

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