Omaha, NE – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad recently announced that $1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding is available to assist with flood recovery efforts.
Tina Hoffman, spokesperson for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, says the money will be used for affected cities and counties to provide the required local match for receiving money through a FEMA grant program.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says a local and federal partnership is needed on combined sewer overflow projects.
Mayor Suttle testified before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Wednesday morning about clean water and infrastructure. Omaha's combined sewer overflow project will cost $1.7 billion over 15 years.
Omaha, NE – The National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts with two grants totaling $45,000.
The Bemis is the only visual arts organization to receive grants for two separate projects for 2012. Executive Director Mark Masuoka says the grants will go to support the Bemis' international artists-in-residence program and its new community artist fellowship with Heartland Family Service.
Omaha, NE – Omaha city officials, police, and community groups are coming together to call for an end to violence.
Recent shootings throughout the city have pushed Omaha's murder rate to 35 for the year. Tuesday morning, Omaha Police announced another gun amnesty day will be held Saturday at the Civic Auditorium. Mayor Jim Suttle says the program, which allows anyone to anonymously turn in guns and ammunition, has taken 700 guns off Omaha's streets this year.
Omaha, NE – UNO's Information Services department has been recognized for its efforts to reduce the university's environmental impact.
UNO is one of the top five colleges who have contributed to Energy Star's Low Carbon IT Power Campaign Power Management Pledge. Dekstop Manager Seth Korber says UNO has reduced energy consumption through server and desktop virtualizations and adjusted power settings.
Omaha, NE – Work is underway on the Fontenelle Park Master Plan.
Melinda Pearson, Director of Parks and Recreation, says the City of Omaha is hosting a second public meeting to get input on possible designs. She says a Master Plan focuses on the best use for an area.
The Clean Solutions for Omaha Project, or CSO, recently identified several parks that could be potential sites for fresh water and clean water practices. Pearson says Fontenelle Park is one of these.
Omaha, NE – A good communicator, consensus-builder, and an advocate for the arts are among the qualities some members of the public want in a new Omaha Public Schools leader.
Those were identified as key characteristics during Thursday night's first public forum on the search for a new OPS superintendent. OPS superintendent Dr. John Mackiel is retiring at the end of this school year after 39 years with the district.
Omaha, NE – Dancing Santas, Broadway stars and the audience sing-along are all included in one of Omaha's holiday traditions. Christmas with the Symphony returns for five performances, December 16th through 18th.
Resident Conductor Ernest Richardson says another highlight is the entire cast singing "O Holy Night." He says the production will also feature a group of dancers from Broadway. Richardson says one of the biggest challenges he faces every year is choosing the music for the program.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's AAA rating has been returned to a stable outlook, four months after it was downgraded.
Omaha's bond rating was moved to a negative outlook last August, along with the ratings of 176 other local governments. Those bonds were tied indirectly with the federal government's credit rating. City officials were notified Wednesday that Moody's restored the stable outlook.
Mayor Jim Suttle says the move means Omaha has better credit, which will save taxpayers about six million dollars when future bonds are issued.