Category Archives for We Grow

“Nothing matters until you close on the real estate.”

By: Randy Thelen, Senior VP – Economic Development “Nothing matters until you close on the real estate,” said a mentor of mine, early in my career. As I now close in on 25 years as an economic development professional, these words remain as true as ever. Whether you are selling your home or landing the… Read More

Moving up with REACH

“With the REACH program, they help small business owners accomplish their goals.” – Virgil Richardson, owner, KCT Construct, Inc. KCT Construct, Inc., is on a positive trajectory – the result of more than 20-years of quality project work accelerated, most recently, by a boost from the Chamber’s REACH program. “It’s a very viable tool for… Read More

Revel in Talent – Get Serious!

Guest blog post from MindSet   If a terrific 16 year old power forward, who lives in the most rural area of Mississippi, invited one of the ten most renowned college basketball coaches in the country to visit his family in their home on Christmas Eve, what do you think the odds are that such… Read More

Early Warning – Money 20/20 Spotlights the Disruptive Union of Tech and Financial Services

I look forward to documenting emerging changes in financial services, and hope you enjoy following along.

The Kitchen Council Opens Up a New World to Foodpreneurs

Recently Erin Dyer, managing director of the Kitchen Council, took the time to answer a few questions about the Kitchen Council and what the food startup incubator means for the Greater Omaha area.

We have a deep bench.

Each has excelled in his or her own relentless way, but the common threads are undeniable: extraordinary acumen, dedicated community involvement, incredible humility…

What makes Omaha one of the best cities to live In?

For most people, the must-haves involve three key things: a strong economy, great quality of life and affordable housing. Most cities aim for that, too, but few score well in all three.

We Belong on That List – and That Is Our Challenge.

Omaha doesn’t make the list of top 20 cities. But why? I’d argue we excel in almost all of the attribute areas.

Japan Trade Mission

Just last January, I traveled to Japan for my latest trade-focused recruitment trip. I had the fortune of being accompanied by two peers from the State of Nebraska based out of Tokyo, Koji Nagasaki and Hisami Imagawa.

The Ultimate ‘Current’ Movement: Help Us Reimagine the Riverfront.

It’s your turn to dream BIG, let your imagination flow and impact the conversation.