North Omaha 2025 & Transformation 2025
Yes, Omaha is on the move. It’s time to ACCELERATE the pace of TRANSFORMATION! The first phase of the North Omaha 2025 Initiative has officially launched.
The first phase of the North Omaha 2025 Initiative officially launched in 2014-2015. Building on seven years of collaborative efforts, the transformation initiative challenged leaders and residents to achieve visionary goals and objectives by 2025.
2015-2016 provided the necessary time to finalize proposals based on existing work, further alignment of large and small efforts, piloting a few of the newer initiatives and completing the identification of funding sources and raising of needed investments. The plan has continued to evolve since that time. At the half way mark, 8 of 10 key areas are experiencing measurable progress.
Omaha is already ranked in the top five and top 10 in some key categories. A collective vision and mission of transforming Omaha into the number one city in the nation for employment, entrepreneurship, education, housing and quality of life has been set!
The vision is for Omaha to be the first city in the country to close long-standing economic, health and social gaps which have been traditionally based on racial and geographic segregation. While there is much work ahead, key trends are finally moving in the right direction. The nation is taking notice. Over 20 cities have expressed an interest in replicating work that is occurring in Omaha.
To Unite and Transform Omaha into a GREAT city—thriving and prosperous, in every zip code and neighborhood. One. Great. Omaha!
The Empowerment Network in collaboration with residents, neighborhood associations, city, county, state and federal elected officials, faith leaders, community-based organizations, social agencies, governmental institutions, health providers, law enforcement, businesses and others have launched an initiative referred to as North Omaha 2025/Transformation 2025.
The partners realize these objectives, and the goals will only be reached through collaboration, alignment and strategic reallocation of investments. The measurable goals:
- 5,000 unemployed individuals connected to sustainable living wage jobs and careers
- 1,000 living wage+ job created in and/or recruited to North Omaha
- 250 new or expanded businesses
- 90% graduate high school prepared for college and careers
- 5,000 new or improved housing units in North Omaha
- 90% safer and healthier community
- 2,500 families lifted out of poverty
- 250,000 tourists and visitors attracted to North Omaha to enjoy the arts, culture, business and entertainment opportunities.
As of January 2020, the five year mark, the Transformation Advisory Council and collaborative partners have met or exceeded key benchmarks and goals. A full update is available online under the Research menu.