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The Nebraska Regional Officials Council (NROC) announces the launch of a statewide broadband mapping initiative.  Every Nebraskan is encouraged to partake in the one-minute speed test from any internet-enabled device, including cell phones.  Speed data will provide decision makers a better understanding of where internet accessibility is limited or not available, and where speeds are not meeting the needs of today’s users.

Tom Bliss, Executive Director of the Southeast Nebraska Development District, took the time to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about this important project.  During this two-part interview, Tom says the purpose of this initiative is to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas.  The captured information will provide statistically sound data that can be used by communities, counties, and key stakeholders as they plan for broadband infrastructure expansion or enhancement projects.

For more information or to participate in the speed test, one can go to the websites https://www.nebraskaspeedtest.org/ or www.speedtestne.org.  Thanks for helping!

It may not seem like it, but our community does have an air quality problem.  The good news is that we can turn our situation around.  Taking steps — even little ones — can add up to cleaner air in the metro area.

Sue Cutsforth, Information Officer at the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, explains to Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM how every single citizen of Omaha can take little steps to help us all breathe easier. 

More information and your opportunity to take the Clean Air Pledge can be found at: https://littlestepscleanerair.com/

The Expanding Housing Choices forum will provide recommendations for missing "middle" housing and will focus on ever-changing housing needs due to an aging population and changes in market preferences.  Orange Splot, the featured presenter, is a housing development company that creates community-oriented, affordable and green housing.

Josie Schafer, Director of UNO Center for Public Affairs Research, and Jeff Spiehs, Community Relations Manager for MAPA, sit down with Mike Hogan to discuss the housing situation in the greater Omaha area.  While there is a looming problem with the lack of "middle" housing ($130k - $200k), they discuss the need for more multi-family housing units and communities, and how that problem can be solved.

More information can be found at http://heartland2050.org/

Heartland 2050 is a long-range vision for the future of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.
In the coming years the region will experience dramatic demographic changes and face increased challenges related to workforce.  The Heartland Vision addresses these issues through collaborative leadership, a quality growth strategy for transportation and housing, and an eye toward improved access to opportunities for all.

The Heartland 2050 Summit is May 8th.  Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) Community Relations Manager, Jeff Spiehs, and Information Officer, Sue Cutsforth join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the MAPA mission and the upcoming summit.  

More information can be found at http://heartland2050.org/

MAPA seeks public input

May 24, 2018

The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, or MAPA, is amending its 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan to address cost increases for the City of Omaha’s construction project along 156th Street from Pepperwood Drive to Corby.