Here’s To Our Members, Volunteers and Staff.

I find myself in this once in a lifetime position (unless you are Tom Brady!) of counting the days until my retirement. I know. A lot of you thought I was gone long ago! I did announce the intention to retire last July. But it was always with the expectation that I would stay in my position until my successor has started work. Well, that day is here!

Now that the announcement has been made, and Veta Jeffery is the new Chamber leader, I find myself thinking even more of the past 18 years here. One thing is clear: every meaningful project that has been completed in my time here has been the result of the efforts of a talented, dedicated and passionate staff working hand-in-hand with partners from the business community, government and non-profit organizations.There was never a time when I thought we gave less than our best effort, even when we didn’t win the day. And there was always an underlying expectation of success whenever we took on a task, irrespective of how difficult the climb was going to be.

There has never been a time that our partners didn’t stand up to be counted on when presented with an opportunity to improve the economy, the community, or the quality of life in this region.

I thank you for that energy and passion for the community. That belief that we can do just about anything. And I ask you to afford that same level of support, enthusiasm and trust to Veta and the Chamber team as they take on initiatives that will move Omaha ever closer to the Omaha 2040 vision.  It is going to be an exciting time! In just the next five years Omaha will see the completion of the Riverfront Redevelopment, the opening of the Kiewit Luminarium, construction of Mutual of Omaha’s new headquarters tower, installation of the Omaha Street Car, expansion and improvements to Eppley Airfield, completion of the Mercantile, opening of the Steel House, expansion of the Builder’s District and the Millwork District, and reopening of the Joslyn Art Museum. 

Add the opportunities in the Urban Core and all of the projects west of I-480, and I think you would agree that this next decade will be an exciting one! I will be watching from the sidelines and helping where I can. I hope that each of you will roll up your sleeves and engage to continue the work of making this the best community in the Midwest. There is still work to be done on business climate, diversity, talent and transportation if we are to reach our lofty goal, but I know you are up to it.

I cannot thank you all enough for the support you have given to me. I consider many of you friends as well as colleagues and I wish you all the very best life has to offer.

Warmest regards,

David

Urban Core Strategic Plan

A long-term vision for our community.