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.
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.
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.
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.
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.