Part of being a good neighbor is learning how city government works so you can make it work for your corner of Omaha. So if you’ve never heard of the city’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP), it’s time to do a little studying.
The City of Omaha’s six-year Capital Improvement Program, referred to by those ‘in the know’ as the CIP, is the primary tool used by the city to coordinate major projects involving Omaha’s street and sewer systems, parks, public facilities and other infrastructure. It is adopted annually, along with the city’s budget. The first year in the six-year CIP also functions as the city’s capital budget for that year.
Part of being a neighborhood group is being plugged in to the world around you. One of your jobs is making it easy for others to connect with your organization. That being said, is your association listed in the City of Omaha Neighborhood Association Directory? Is the information correct?
It’s super important to be able to check the “yes” box for both questions. In order for your group to be eligible for funds from the Mayor’s Annual Neighborhood Grant Program, it must be listed in the directory. This also applies to other funders.
The updated directory is pretty cool. It’s interactive, so you can look up what neighborhood association you belong to based on your address. You can also print out maps of your neighborhood association’s boundaries.
On that note, here’s an important announcement, so please pay attention:
Neighborhood associations will be receiving a formal notice from the City of Omaha asking how it would like to receive future correspondence, whether it be through mail, email or certified mail. Be on the lookout for it, and make sure to reply in a timely manner. You don’t want to miss out on news and opportunities that could benefit your group.
Here’s to staying connected!
– Julie Smith
ONE Omaha project manager
ONE Omaha recently conducted a visioning workshop for the Morton Meadows Neighborhood Association (MMNA). This active group, which is home to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, runs from Center to Leavenworth streets and from 42nd Street to Saddle Creek Road.
ONE Omaha and friends will host the first installment of Omaha SOUP – a fundraising competition for community improvement projects – Oct. 17 at the Hot Shops Art Center.
During the competition, a select group of neighborhood advocates will make Shark Tank-style pitches for community improvement projects.
Attendees will make a donation at the door, which gives them access to soup, sides, drinks and a voting ballot. After listening to the pitches, they will vote for their favorite project. The three projects that receive the most votes will receive a tiered percentage of funds raised that evening to help with implementation.
Hey, neighbors – ONE Thing is actually two things this week!
We’re in the process of making a toolkit for our LEAD program that will help neighbors execute different projects. Below is our starter list of tools:
What else should the toolkit include?
One of the things neighborhood groups struggle with is gathering data, a common component of most grant applications.
Thanks to our friends at the Omaha Community Foundation (OCF), a new data-driven resource is now available locally: The Landscape. The project examines six areas of community life and reflects the actual experiences of residents in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro.
With the help of its community partners, The Landscape has gathered a large amount of publicly available data and made it easy to access. The first two focus areas – Health and Neighborhoods – are now online.
A community differs from a neighborhood. Neighborhoods are merely space; whereas, communities are comprised of people living and working together forming social bonds.
By William Hatcher