Steering Committee-Minutes-Nov2013


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Steering Committee-Minutes-Nov2013

  1. 1. MEETING MINUTES Steering Committee Meeting 5: Workshop Review/SWOT 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Friday, November 8, 2013 Scott Conference Center Omaha, Nebraska Steering Committee Members See attached Steering Committee attendance identifying who was present/absent Staff Greg Youell, MAPA; Lynn Dittmer, MAPA; Clint Sloss, MAPA; Jeff Spiehs, MAPA; Katrina Lane, Waitt Co A. Welcome Greg Youell, MAPA Executive Director o Our team has just completed two rounds of workshops – with a great turn out from across the region – we’ll be over 500 participants • Pottawattamie - Oct. 7 — Mid-America Center • Mills Oct. 8 — Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Glenwood • Cass Oct. 8 — Plattsmouth State Bank • Sarpy Oct. 9 — Papillion South High School • Washington Oct. 9 — Blair City Council Chambers • Saunders Oct. 10 — Wahoo Performing Arts Center • Harrison Oct. 10 — Rand Center, Missouri Valley • Douglas - Nov. 5 — Burke High School • Omaha - November 4 - Yates Community Center – Multi-cultural • Belleview – November 4 – Bellevue University • Downtown Omaha - Nov. 5 — KANEKO • Freemont – November 6 – High School • Southeast Metro - Nov. 6 — Kroc Center • East Pottawattamie - Nov. 6 — Oakland Community Center • Northeast Metro - Nov. 7 — Lake Point Community Center • Midtown Omaha - Nov. 7 — Lewis & Clark Middle School • Additional workshops for Malvern, IA and Gretna, NE upcoming December o Update on the Equity and Engagement Committee • Role: to ensure traditionally underrepresented people are included in the Heartland process • Hosted a workshop at the Yates Community Center for immigrants and refugees – 50 participants, and over 10 languages • Will review the draft scenarios with an equity focus 2222 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 444-6866
  2. 2. MEETING MINUTES Steering Committee Meeting 5: Workshop Review/SWOT 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Friday, November 8, 2013 Scott Conference Center Omaha, Nebraska o Update on Values Analysis • MAPA is working with Heart & Mind Strategies to ascertain regional values, which will influence scenario creation • All Steering Committee members are encouraged to participate in the first stage of the values effort. Invitations will be emailed. o Advanced Strategy Online, November 21, 3:30 to 5:00pm B. Forming the Scenarios John Fregonese, Fregonese & Associates o Considering long-term strategy, where do we go from here? o Envision Utah example- In the Salt Lake region, workshop findings indicated strong preference for: • Infill • Rail transit • Walkable development • Critical lands for conservation • Wasatch Back – limit development on eastern slopes of Wasatch Range o Created four scenarios for public review: • Significant sprawl • Growth based on current plans • Rational, compact development • New urbanist development, significant transit o Key indicators used to compare scenarios: • Cost of infrastructure, types of housing, transportation – among others o Keys to the success of Envision Utah process: • Belief that the region could benefit from working together in an area that had never worked together before • Public awareness campaign after the plan • Behind the scenes – gaining support from key stakeholders • Leadership, a coalition of non-partisan politicians ran on common platform based on the vision 2222 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 444-6866
  3. 3. MEETING MINUTES Steering Committee Meeting 5: Workshop Review/SWOT 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Friday, November 8, 2013 Scott Conference Center Omaha, Nebraska C. Next Phase of Heartland 2050 Forming the Scenarios John Fregonese, Fregonese & Associates o Project is shifting from operational mode to strategic mode o What are our goals? What are we going to bring people together for? o Heartland scenario inputs: • Regional workshops • Neighborhood & small area workshops • Data inputs, research – scenarios are based on data, to give a range of plausible versions of the future • Regional values o Community leaders ASO o Resident ASO o Values survey • Developer interviews A subcommittee of Steering Committee members will review the online values survey instrument before it goes to the public in January 2014. D. SWOT Analysis Discussion Abe Farkas, EcoNorthwest o Abe reviewed the findings from our Omaha Chamber SWOT Analysis o The Steering Committee commented and added additional input shown in the tables below 2222 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 444-6866
  4. 4. MEETING MINUTES Steering Committee Meeting 5: Workshop Review/SWOT 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Friday, November 8, 2013 Scott Conference Center Omaha, Nebraska Strengths Weaknesses • • • • • • • Great education system, including universities Offutt Air Force Base – largest employer; large economic impact; brings technology and connections to defense and aero industries; with new practical spinoff applications Medical community – moving to a higher level; research and innovation (Creighton and UNO) Low unemployment Low cost of living Philanthropic support and cooperation • • • • • • • • • 2222 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68102 Low unemployment can be a challenge for companies to find talented workers High unemployment in minority communities Despite strong educations system, bottom segment of high school graduates are not prepared for higher education o Need for skill development to increase employment potential Need for bridge programs serving adult learners to train for employment – need to create more pipelines and help move people through Need to assess Industrial zoning across the region o Land currently zoned industrial may be far away and better suited for “older” industries – potential lack of appropriate industrial land for new and emerging industries Perverse incentive to over-zone retail, not driven by actual market demand. o Potential need is ~5-6K acres regionally, but currently zoned land is up to ~16K acres Omaha is perceived as two cities: suburban and urban – which can create some tensions; two cultures in the community Need to dissolve the border across to Iowa Inability to raise property and sales taxes – to address the things that will need public support Low taxes are a positive (low cost of living and doing business), but current funding levels may not be sustainable to continue to deliver infrastructure and services at the level residents expect (402) 444-6866
  5. 5. MEETING MINUTES Steering Committee Meeting 5: Workshop Review/SWOT 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Friday, November 8, 2013 Scott Conference Center Omaha, Nebraska Opportunities Threats • • • • • • • • • • • Ability to capitalize and commercialize medical research Possibility to expand industrial land zoning and industrial land holdings strategically o For example: the Port of Portland can hold land strategically for long periods of time; “Patient Capital” (held long-term) Target jobs where you receive on the job training, and grow as an employee, upward mobility (EX logistics field) – should include paths that include those who don’t go onto higher education Work to attract young talent, potential to draw nationally Market for local food, high quality agriculture; existing infrastructure already in place Air Force Base: US 34 bridge connecting Mills County and Sarpy County – where traditionally we’ve seen limited growth, mostly rural housing and agriculture, now the possibility of much more residential and commercial development Partnership opportunities: o Public-Private o Public-Public (for example, Bellevue and AFB) Tax package– possible package of what you’re signing onto (more certainty) – need for unified vision between public, private and philanthropic sectors People need to see what they’re getting for the tax increase – how it fits the vision Philanthropic Support – o So much capacity for bolstering the community vision o Support for infrastructure 2222 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68102 Low unemployment + low cost of living – must be careful of inflating cost of living if growth rate skyrockets in the near future – Austin, TX is a bellwether, now experiencing high housing prices and long commutes (402) 444-6866
  6. 6. MEETING MINUTES Steering Committee Meeting 5: Workshop Review/SWOT 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Friday, November 8, 2013 Scott Conference Center Omaha, Nebraska E. Closing Comments Dana Bradford, Waitt Dana Bradford closed the meeting by noting the need for continued involvement in regional visioning the process o Development of three subcommittees to review and provide further input o (1) SWOT, (2) Values Analysis and (3) Scenario Development o Similar to Research Teams o Co-Chairs and Staff will assign Steering Committee members and determine outcomes for each subcommittee o Will send out separate email with further instructions and details The next meeting is scheduled Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Scott Conference Center @ 10:00AM. 2222 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 444-6866
  7. 7. Heartland 2050 Steering Committee Name Dr. Kenneth Bird Mary Ann Borgeson Dana Bradford David Brown Tim Burke Mike Cassling Dick Christie Barry Cleaveland Sandy Dodge Todd Foje Mikki Frost Lynn Grobe Tom Hanafan Frank Hayes Dave Johnson Doug Kindig Dan Kinney Ron Kohn Stuart Krejci Steve Kruger Clark Lauritzen Amy Lindsay Dave Lutton Bob McCarthy Bruce McCauley Othello Meadows Heath Mello Jim Peterson Vicki Quates-Ferris Carolina Quezada BJ Reed Dick Reiser Tom Richards Daniel Ritter November 8, 2013 Title/Organization President & CEO, Avenue Scholars Foundation Commissioner, Douglas County, Nebraska CEO, Waitt Company CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Executive VP, Omaha Public Power District CEO, CQuence Health Group Executive Director, Metropolitan Omaha Education Consortium Commissioner, Iowa Transportation Commission CEO, NP Dodge Real Estate CEO, Great Plains Communications Director, Human Resources, City of Omaha Supervisor, Pottawattamie County, Iowa Mayor, City of Council Bluffs President, Hayes & Associates, L.L.C. Business Manager, Mid-American Energy Mayor, City of La Vista, Nebraska President, Iowa Western Community College Supervisor, Mills County, Iowa Senior Vice President, First National Bank of Wahoo Commissioner, Washington County, Nebraska President, First National Bank Wealth Management Board Member, Metropolitan Utilities District Commissioner, Saunders County, Nebraska President, McCarthy Construction Interim Director, 55th Civil Engineer Squadron, USAF - Offutt Air Force Base Executive Director, 75 North Revitalization, Inc. Senator, Metropolitan Community College Commissioner, Cass County, Nebraska African American Empowerment Network Executive Director, Latino Center of the Midlands Dean, University of Nebraska at Omaha VP, Werner Trucking Commissioner, Sarpy County, Nebraska Student, Mayor’s Youth Leadership Commission 1 Attendance? Alternate X X Jame Berglund X X X X X X X April Gray X X X X X
  8. 8. Heartland 2050 Steering Committee Name Rita Sanders Randolph Scott Clifford Scott Sarah Sjolie Bob Smith Connie Spellman Jean Stothert Jerry Torczon Pete Tulipana Andrea Tullos Linda Washburn Michael Young November 8, 2013 Title/Organization Mayor, City of Bellevue, Nebraska Director, Organizational Outreach at Father Flanagan's Boys' Home CEO, Omaha Housing Authority Director, Community Benefits & Healthier Communities, Alegent Health Systems Supervisor, Harrison County, Iowa Executive Director, Omaha by Design Mayor, City of Omaha, Nebraska Birchwood Homes, Inc. Executive Director, Iowa West Foundation Colonel, Offutt Air Force Base - 55th Support Group Executive Director, Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce Chair, Metro Transit 2 Attendance? X X X X Alternate