Lessons from Citizens’ Academy 2016: Local Government & Planning

5 May

The Spring 2016 Citizens’ Academy is coming to a close this week. Here are some of the highlights from the first two sessions on Placemaking & Local Government and Local & Regional Planning. The featured speakers were Dr. Paul Landow, UNO Political Science Dept.; Steve Jensen, Jensen Consulting; and Greg Youell, MAPA. Here are the key takeaways from the two sessions:

Omaha’s government is led by an elected (partisan) official. Some cities are governed by city managers. Many consider election-based city leadership more legitimate than leadership that is hired by the City Council because the purpose of having public elections is to reflect what the majority wants in its city governance. The advantage of city managers over elected officials is that they are not politicians, but “professionals.” Yet, even though city managers are (technically) non-partisan, they are still human and can be influenced to choose sides. Continue reading

Citizens’ Academy Spring 2016 – Transportation Workshop

27 Apr

Mode Shift Omaha is a founding partner in the curriculum development and organization of the Citizens’ Academy for Omaha’s Future. This Spring 2016 session our part-time Program Coordinator is participating in the Academy as a student. On April 21, Mode Shift facilitated the Citizens’ Academy session on transportation: transit, travel demand management, and active transportation. Here are some highlights from that workshop:


Freedom is in the eye of the beholder of transportation choices, explained the featured speakers Michael Helgerson from Metro Area Planning Agency (MAPA), Evan Schweitz from Omaha Metro Transit, and Daniel Lawse from Verdis Group and Omaha Metro Transit board.

If a car has been your main mode of transport and suddenly for some reason you are without a car, you know the struggles of depending on others for rides or borrowing cars. Continue reading

Ways to Get Involved with Mode Shift Omaha

24 Apr

Attend our Monthly Member Meetings and/or Coffee Chats

We hold our monthly member meetings during the fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Pizza Shoppe in Benson. We hold monthly transportation coffee chats on the third Friday of each month, 8:00-9:00 AM at local coffee shops accessible by transit, walking or bicycling. Coffee chats are informal events featuring leaders in the community with various connections to transportation in the Omaha area.

Apply to Join the Mode Shift Omaha Board

We are seeking applicants to serve as Mode Shift Omaha board members. If you’re interested, please find more information and apply here. Applications are due by May 4, 2016. 

Support Mode Shift during Omaha Gives!

We need your support during this year’s Omaha Gives! on May 25. Omaha Gives! is a 24-hour online giving event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation (OCF) to grow philanthropy in the Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties. Last year, thanks to your generous support, we raised over $10,000 and were able to hire a part-time Program Coordinator to help achieve our mission and more proactively focus on our priorities.

Here are ways you can help this year:

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