"It's going to feel like a cornstalk in a tomato field," one neighbor said of a housing project to sprout south of downtown Omaha where a family's flower shop and greenhouse operation once stood.
Even with bonuses and benefit sweeteners, the shortage of truck drivers is so severe that Congress is considering lowering the age for state-to-state truck drivers to 18 from 21.
Crete Carrier Corp. President Tim Aschoff said the pilot study to let 18- to 20-year-old off-duty National Guard and Reserve truck drivers operate civilian vehicles in interstate commerce is “a good first step.”
Loft apartments and rehabbed commercial bays are poised to pop up along Omaha’s historic Auto Row — a stretch once bustling with showrooms of Studebakers, Hudsons and other classic cars.
The century-old Blackstone Hotel, most recently used as an office building in midtown Omaha, is poised to be resurrected to its original use under a nearly $75 million plan by two Omaha developers.
The resumption of a decades-dormant U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study means lakes in the pipeline by the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District that had been expected to take about 50 years to construct now could be open to the public in as few as 15 years.
If MECA isn’t subject to public records laws, Chambers said he’ll introduce a bill in the Nebraska Legislature “so that such will not be the case.” He said he’s researching the matter.
As Eppley Airfield recorded its busiest month ever in May, airport officials are beginning the next stage of planning for future renovations and expansion.
A proposal for a new Douglas County Juvenile Court, office and youth detention complex received a warm welcome from the Douglas County Board on Tuesday in its debut appearance in public. But there are many questions that remain to be answered about how the building project would benefit children and whether there are other alternatives that might benefit them more.
The hotel rooms, water park and meeting rooms are open for business under new management, but Omaha’s Lund Co. lists the hotel for sale at $35,550,000, an amount that would cover the loans, taxes and unpaid bills.
They call it “the farm” — and when Robert and Sharon Bruning bought it 40 years ago, the blue spruce that now towers over the old farmhouse at 162nd and Fort Streets stood just a few feet tall.
The naming-rights deal is an acknowledgment of reality: Even a nonprofit health system like CHI Health operates in a marketplace in which patients can choose where to take their health care business. CHI Health needs to advertise to be in the conversation, industry watchers say.
The corporation would function like private entities that the University of Nebraska used to develop the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Baxter Arena, officials said.
Capitol Place, the structure coming up at 10th Street and Capitol Avenue, will be a 72-unit mixed-use building.
Recent changes to the downtown area landscape could alter or extend traffic patterns of curious visitors wanting to check out something different between games.
Two heavy-hitter youth athletic organizations are teaming up to help build a $10 million facility set to sprawl across 135,000 square feet and host up to 400,000 visitors a year.
Up more than 50 cents from last summer, a gallon now runs $2.88, on average, in Nebraska. Prices at some stations in Nebraska and Iowa hit $3-plus.
Mike Moylan of Shamrock Development, which led creation of the entertainment-focused district, said the last big construction piece to ring the plaza is expected to begin in the next few weeks.
Already, 15 people have pre-ordered new Bentleys, and Pittack expects to sell 35 to 50 new models each year.
Twenty-five years ago Nebraska had about 1,200 locally owned independent grocers like Steube’s, but the count has fallen to roughly 500 as the stores face more competition from chains, dwindling populations or both.
Omaha-based Metonic Real Estate Solutions helped refine a project it thinks will target an unmet demand in the west Omaha area, said Metonic’s Eric Rodawig. Ravello 192, as it’s called, is planned as a sprawling 11-building town house development offering private entrances and garages for each of the rental residences.
"This is a big win for our city," said Connor Lund, who along with Lund Co. colleague Spencer Secor represented MetLife on the lease. MetLife is a newcomer to the area.
After construction cost overruns, years of operating in the red and now a concrete parking lot that’s crumbling, the Ralston Arena could get some help from professionals who assist such facilities for a living.
It was tough, even for the owners, to imagine a mixed-use building rising five stories on a north downtown patch of land wedged between Interstate bridges, railroad tracks and city roads.
The boutique hotel taking over the historic downtown Omaha Saunders Kennedy building is to open in spring of 2019 — with a new name that nods to its feathered falcon friends next door.
A three-year stretch of uncertainty for a storied 127-year-old office building along downtown Omaha’s Gene Leahy Mall has taken a positive turn. The twist involves a new owner, renovations — and, possibly, a cold beer for those passing by in the future.
On May 4 — the Friday before the meeting — 97.1 percent of the hotel rooms in Douglas County were full, according to data crunched for the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau provided to The World-Herald. That’s up from 94 percent in 2017.
Union Pacific Corp. held its first open annual shareholder meeting in Omaha on Thursday after more than 100 years of hosting shareholders in Salt Lake City.
Warren Buffett the teacher took center stage Saturday, giving instruction in accounting, international trade, cyber-disasters and, of course, investing.
The shareholder weekend exemplifies the Golden Rule relationship between management and fellow Berkshire Hathaway owners. When many are skeptical that a company can simultaneously do good and make money, Berkshire has been a beacon.
The Berkshire annual meeting is a cross between a religious revival meeting and a pilgrimage, in the same way that Muslims go to Mecca and Jews to Jerusalem., Buffett devotee Whitney Tilson writes.
The world we live in is full of 24/7 noise — full of people who are trying to tell us to learn about the new and novel, that we can get something for nothing, that we can know the unknowable. When living in the moment, it’s hard to see that you’re in this system. It’s only when you step back — or attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting — that you realize your mind has become cluttered and you’ve lost a sense of what’s important and meaningful.
The food scene in Omaha is always evolving and, since last year’s Berkshire meeting, much has changed.
In today’s tumultuous world, there’s still a place you can count on where everyone will welcome you with open arms: the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting.
The just-getting-started West Farm is among the metro area’s largest developments in the works. Here is a sampling of other projects or proposals closer to downtown, where Berkshire Hathaway shareholders gather for their annual meeting this weekend.
Saturday morning, perhaps more than 40,000 people will gather at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha for Berkshire's annual shareholders meeting, the 54th since Warren Buffett gained control of the former New England textile company. Ever wonder why all these people are here?
In 1967 Buffett acquired National Indemnity Co. of Omaha, the beginning of what is arguably the root source of Berkshire's wealth: a pile of cash that the insurance industry calls "float."
The food manufacturer’s stock has lost more than a third of its value since the last time Berkshire shareholders filled the CenturyLink Center.
Omaha itself, Buffett believes, sets a tone that’s good for investing, away from the hubbub, separate from the wild schemes and rumors, without the pressure to go along with the crowd and believe the latest gossip. The idea of Omaha is important for people to experience, like touching base with reality occasionally to maintain your perspective.
What makes these shareholders so special? Above all, Berkshire’s ownership remains dominated by individuals, not institutions.
The just-getting-started West Farm project — at nearly 500 acres — is among the metro area’s largest developments in the works. But here is a sampling of other projects or proposals closer to downtown, where Berkshire Hathaway shareholders gather for their annual meeting this weekend:
"We've sent out more tickets for this meeting than for any meeting, even more than the 50th" anniversary celebration in 2015, Buffett told The World-Herald.
Union Pacific and competitor BNSF Railway, faced with rising demand for rail service, have upped the incentive bonuses they offer to attract people for certain jobs in locations such as North Platte, a community with 96.8 percent employment.
After the FlightSafety acquisition, I wrote a brief letter to Warren Buffett to let him know I was delighted to become a Berkshire shareholder. Much to my surprise, I received a return letter within a week from Mr. Buffett inviting me to Berkshire’s annual meeting. The faded letter is a prized possession I still have framed in my office.
The airline does not have any nonstop flights scheduled beyond Aug. 21, said Steve McCoy, manager of airline affairs at Eppley.
Ask those who knew him, they will tell you: Sam Taylor’s light was one of the brightest in the world.
Omaha’s indoor malls may be feeling the greatest loss from the department stores’ departure: When the Younkers stores close, what will take their place?
For a generation of Omahans, the Younkers name evokes an era when shopping was a glamorous adventure — not a chore handled late at night with an Internet connection and a credit card number.
The boxes from Lincoln-based Lone Tree Foods are delivered weekly to offices, to stores including the Millard-area Super Saver, and to any other place where at least six customers come together to place an order.
The commercial redevelopment along South 13th Street near downtown Omaha started with a cluster of structures around the old Maryland Theatre and iconic Bohemian Cafe, but now is catching on to other structures along the corridor. The recently settled entities lean toward the arts and creative side.
Unveiled during a ceremony that drew dozens of visitors were 110 apartments, 12,000 square feet of commercial bays — and the Icona, a sculpture that stands near the entrance to the 113,000-square foot complex.
The history-filled creamery at 12th and Jones Streets is described as "one of the last large industrial historic rehab projects left" in the Old Market area.
Starting in 2012, Buffett challenged shareholders to compete with him in tossing folded-up newspapers 35 feet onto the front porch of a factory-built house displayed in the convention hall of the CenturyLink Center.
Writer John Prescott and artist Tom Kerr, both from Omaha, will be back at this year's Berkshire meeting with more copies of "The Oracle's Fables: Life Lessons for Children, Inspired by Warren Buffett."