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5 Questions for Mike Helgerson

18 Jan
Mike Helgerson is the Transportation and Data Manager at Metropolitan Area Planning Agency. It is his job to lead the transportation planning process for the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area and Regional Planning Affiliation 18 (RPA-18); lead the administration of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the development of the Long Range Transportation Plan; provide staff support in the development of the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP); oversee development and management of regional datasets and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He is also our guest for our first Coffee Chat of 2018 — Friday, January 19th at 8 a.m. in our usual haunt, Spielbound, located at 3229 Harney St.
We asked Mike Five Questions.

1 What is your preferred mode of transportation?
I end up driving my car most of the time, but love taking advantage of walking or biking to the bus during the week. Our family loves walking around our neighborhood in Benson to visit the library or grab a bite to eat when it’s not winter.

2 What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge to multi-modal transportation in Omaha?
Our development patterns are the biggest challenge. We need to take advantage of our opportunities to bring new people and jobs into the already developed areas of our community. This has the effect of making areas easier to serve with transit, and makes walking and biking more of a choice.

3 What, in your opinion, is the greatest multi-modal success in Omaha?
I think the ORBT project is a tremendous opportunity to change perceptions and make the active, non-auto choice the easy choice. As a regional organization, its hard not to point to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge as a fantastic piece of bike infrastructure that brings Omaha and Council Bluffs together. Continue reading

We’re Hiring a Membership & Volunteer Coordinator

14 Jan

download.pngExciting news! We are currently taking applications for a spot on our team! The Membership and Volunteer Coordinator plays a critical role in supporting Mode Shift programs and projects. This individual assists with member and volunteer recruitment and retention, communicates with community partners, donors, and board members, and so much more! Check out the job description for more info. We will begin reviewing applications February 10th.

New Leadership at Mode Shift

8 Jan

We are super excited to welcome Kevin Flatowicz-Farmer as our new Board Chair. Kevin was one of the founding members of Mode Shift in 2011 and joined the board in 2016. We’re glad to have him expanding his role within the organization and joining the executive committee.

Sarah Johnson remains Vice Chair; Chris Behr, Secretary; and Madeline Brush, Treasurer. Angie Eikenberry will continue to serve on the board.