We think it’s safe to say that public-private partnerships are one of the keys to Greater Omaha’s success. Those partnerships have successfully marshaled the necessary resources to bring more than $7.9 billion in new investment to the region over the past few years. That investment has resulted in the building of Qwest Center Omaha and the Holland Performing Arts Center; a beautiful new sculpture garden at Joslyn Art Museum; renovations and additions to The Durham Museum; and the state-of-the-art Salvation Army’s Kroc Center in South Omaha— all are improving our quality of life.
In 2008, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge opened. The $22 million bridge is now a defining landmark for the region. It spans the Missouri River and joins Omaha, Neb., and Council Bluffs, Iowa, allowing the connection of more than 150 miles of hiking and biking trails.
The progress continues as is evidenced in the new $325 million mixed-use Midtown Crossing at Turner Park, where announcements of businesses opening and festivities planned seem to be coming every week.
Aksarben Village, a $300 million mixed-use development, is filling up nicely. The development features office, research, technology, retail and residential space near the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus, the Peter Kiewit Institute, the Scott Technology Center, the Scott Conference Center and the nearby College of Saint Mary. And, beautiful Stinson Park provides a great venue for concerts and events.
Then there is the construction of TD AMERITRADE Park Omaha, the new downtown baseball stadium that will be ready for the first pitch of the 2011 NCAA Men’s College World Series.
We get things done! And others have taken notice. MarketWatch ranked us #3 on their “Best U.S. Cities for Business“ list. Forbes ranked us #1 on their “America’s Fastest-Recovering Cities“ list. Next Generation Consulting ranked us at #6 on their “Best Mid-sized Cities for Next Gen Worker.“
This magazine will give you a great taste of what Greater Omaha has to offer. We know it will leave you hungry for more.
2010 Chairman, Chamber Board, and Chairman and CEO, Omaha Public Power District
David G. Brown
President and CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber