Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced the hiring of two economic developers and the resignation of a staff member Friday.
Mutual of Omaha's $443 million headquarters project now includes a second downtown block, while the City of Omaha will acquire parking garages now owned by the insurance company.
Nearly six months ago, Omaha officials announced their intent to develop a plan to address climate change. Despite ongoing efforts and commitments, a finalized plan is still more than a year away.
A downtown lot has remained vacant since Union Pacific moved its headquarters in 2004. Soon, the lot will be back in the hands of the city, which has seen renewed interest in its development.
The professional service agreement approved by City Council will pay HDR $494,614 to provide the improvements needed for Omaha's new library locations.
With the planned relocation of the downtown library, some homeless Omahans, advocates and library staff members are concerned services could be disrupted and eventually made more difficult to access.
Omaha City Council voiced its support Tuesday for the development of a climate action plan and an affordable housing plan by the city.
The first electric buses in the City of Omaha's fleet will hit the street in the opening months of 2022 just as the city begins work on a climate action plan.
"We are working as fast, as diligently as possible to get people approved and get the money out the door," a program official said. "We understand how stressful it can be to be behind on your rent."
The City of Omaha's capital spending plan earmarks $100,000 to make detailed designs in 2022 and budgets another $2 million in 2023 to install the changes on Farnam Street.
Old Market shop owners look ahead to a better future after setbacks, including fire, protests and a pandemic.
If all goes as hoped, the estimated $200 million high-rise at 1416 Dodge St. also would fill a cavity that has long languished in Omaha's core.