At the same time, our region’s population is aging and we need to attract and retain talent to be strong and competitive economically. This is creating unprecedented stress on our region’s infrastructure, services and high quality of life.
The Heartland 2050 region encompasses the entire Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, including eight counties, two states and all communities.
How do we ensure this is the kind of place our children and grandchildren will want to live and work 40 years from now?
Implementation of the Heartland Vision will take the coordination and commitment of local, county, regional and state leaders, as well as business and non-profit representatives.
The Heartland Vision focuses on six goals to improve our quality of life and create a long-term regional vision in harmony with our people, places and resources.
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By coming together in this regional planning effort, we widen our perspective to see how everyone involved — individuals, businesses, and governments — are part of a larger, interconnected system, where over time, small actions lead to great impacts.
Through community engagement, surveys, committee findings and the scenario process, priorities for growth in our region began to emerge.
To secure a more prosperous future, we need to plan, together, for how and where we grow.
We need a growth model that provides opportunities to all people to prosper and thrive.
The Heartland Vision’s planning process coordinated input and feedback from the Heartland 2050 committees, research teams and the general public – ensuring opportunities at every level for everyone, even our most underrepresented populations, to contribute to this important discourse.
and although there are concerns about high taxes, we are willing to pay for services we find truly valuable.
WHEN FACED WITH THE CHOICE BETWEEN
(TREND) AND SELECTING A VISION FOR OUR REGION, RESIDENTS CHOSE A SCENARIO THAT REFLECTED:
Scenarios are map-based representations of varying development patterns, housing options and job locations played out over the next 40 years.
As we grow, the region should become a national magnet for a highly skilled workforce, ensuring opportunity right here for young workers.
Securing regional funding will not only help us maintain and expand our infrastructure, but will provide more opportunities to reduce future congestion through new roads, transit, walking and biking trails.
Our region's demographics are changing and demand for a greater variety in housing options will grow. This will affect our development patterns and ability to redevelop existing places.
Under the current trend, public expenditures including education, highways, public safety, recreation, health care, housing, utilities, sewerage and waste will amount to $27.8 billion — compared to only $23.4 billion under the Vision.
Together… our region will strengthen its robust economy to encourage business expansion, job training and growth, and become a national magnet for a young and highly skilled workforce.
Together… our region will have the highest quality education system that educates the work force of the future.
Together… our region will be noted for its healthy living, safe neighborhoods, and exceptional healthcare providers.
Together… our region will be known for welcoming, connected and lively communities that offer residents a range of housing choices and locations.
Together… our region’s investments will develop efficient infrastructure that supports economic development, provides more transportation choices, and reduces energy consumption.
Together… our region values, protects and utilizes our natural features and systems to provide access to green space and resilience from natural disasters.
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Develop/expand training programs to eliminate skills gap; expand agriculture industrial cluster; foster greater entrepreneurship; create welcoming environment to attract/retain young professionals
Support early childhood education; develop/expand programs to eliminate achievement gap; expand post-secondary educational opportunities
Promote more walkable neighborhoods/communities; greater access to preventative healthcare; reduce poverty resulting in stronger neighborhoods and lower crime
Encourage greater housing choice for both existing communities and suburban areas; promote redevelopment without displacing current residents
Promote efficient utility, transportation expansions; expand public transportation services, improved roads, and renewable energy technology; establish regional partnerships amongst utility providers for greater coordination
Create regional trail system connecting parks and outdoor recreation while providing greater flood protection; manage rainfall, stormwater as a natural resource; protect and improve air quality
Special committee tasked with moving forward the Vision’s mission: “all individuals and communities have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to attain their full potential