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Five Questions with . . . Kara Eastman

15 Aug

Kara Eastman is the President and CEO of Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors, is married to Scott Eastman, Professor of History at Creighton, and mom to Sabina, a Junior at Central High School. She’s also running for Congress in Nebraska’s 2nd District. You can learn more about her platform at her website: eastmanforcongress.com

She’s our guest for our August Coffee Chat and we asked her five questions:

1. What is your preferred mode of transportation?
Walking
2. What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge to multi-modal transportation in Omaha?
Political will
3. What, in your opinion, the the greatest multi-modal success in Omaha?
The Old Market
4. How did you come to have an interest in transportation?
Through my work in building healthy communitiies
5. If you could magically change one thing about the transportation systems in Omaha, without limit to budget or feasibility, what would it be?
I would create an energy efficient, public transportation system that connects north, south, and east Omaha (I might even consider adding West O)

Five Questions for Mary O’Donohue.

17 Jul

Mary O’Donohue is our guest speaker for our Coffee Chat this Friday, July 21, at Spielbound. She is the Interim Executive Director of Midtown Vision 2050, an organization dedicated to “a bold and innovative plan that provides the overarching, coherent vision to guide and maximize growth and redevelopment in midtown Omaha for the next several decades.” Mary’s job is to “Coordinate and accelerate the next phase of midtown Omaha’s revitalization and progression into a dynamic, transit-oriented urban community.” We asked her five questions:

1. What is your preferred mode of transportation?
Automobile.

2. What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge to multi-modal transportation in Omaha?
Limited financial resources for investment/development

3. What, in your opinion, the the greatest multi-modal success in Omaha?
Changing the way people view the use of streets, which has a long way to go, but everyday I see more progress being made on that front.

4. How did you come to have an interest in transportation?
Living in Washington DC for 10 years, many of which I did not own a car and used fixed rail transit daily

5. If you could magically change one thing about the transportation systems in Omaha, without limit to budget or feasibility, what would it be?
City-wide underground metro system.

Five Questions for . . . Daniel Lawse

12 Jun

As Verdis’ Group’s Chief Century Thinker (CCT), “Daniel brings a passion to cultivate adaptive and resilient solutions for communities and organizations to thrive now and for generations to come.” Daniel is one of the organizers of the the Midtown on the Move initiative and he will be our guest at the upcoming monthly Coffee Chat, June 16th.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Metro Transit Authority, the Advisory Board for the University of Nebraska’s Center for Urban Sustainability, and Creighton University’s Energy Technology Program Board. He is part of Omaha by Design Environmental Element Implementation Team. In 2012, Daniel was recognized with MAPA‘s Regional Citizenship Award and is one of the Omaha Jaycees’ 2010 Ten Outstanding Young Omahans. He was recently recognized nationally as an Aspen Environment Forum Scholar.

We asked him five questions:

What is your preferred mode of transportation?

  1. Multi-modal. I primarily walk and bus. If I have time, walking is my favorite because I get to interact with the place I am in. Take in the architecture, notice the natural spaces and urban wildlife, and greet other people.

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