Mayor Jean Stothert has spoken with a ConAgra vice president twice about the company’s future in Omaha.

Stothert said on The World-Herald’s 10 Minutes with the Mayor that she’s heard “very little” from the company amid a shakeup of its business.

Stothert said the vice president told her no decisions have been made. Her most recent conversation with the official was Tuesday.

“As far as I know, they have no plans to leave Omaha,” Stothert said.

When asked if she’s worried the company might leave Omaha, the mayor said: “I’m always concerned with every business in Omaha. I want every business to do well.”

ConAgra, one of Omaha’s five Fortune 500 companies, has been based in Omaha since 1922.

Chief Executive Officer Sean Connolly has said everything is on the table in the company’s quest to boost profits and its stock price.

Stothert said she plans to speak with Connolly.

Stothert said her role as mayor is the ensure that the city is attractive to businesses. That includes issues such as public safety, infrastructure and tax rates.

“Once a private business is here and established, of course we want them to do well,” she said. “But as far as the city or government’s involvement in a private business, you know, we don’t go in and tell the private business what to do.”

Contact the writer: 402-444-1084, roseann.moring@owh.com

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