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Making Riverfront Activation Happen

We’ve seen it happen before – community vision and collaboration working together to transform our riverfront into a destination flowing with promise.

The “promise” of 20 years ago was not only about development. It was also about creating a riverfront which attracted visitors and residents with quality events and activities. The parks departments of Council Bluffs and Omaha have filled the role of event organizers for years and as discussions move forward for the next phase of riverfront development, a new coalition has been formed to work together to lead the resurgence of activity along the riverfront.

Missouri River Commons, a program of the Greater Omaha Chamber was created to lead this crucial initiative and is made up of business, community, government and philanthropic leaders committed to the continued activation of riverfront land, facilities and venues on the Missouri River shorelines in Council Bluffs and Omaha

The coalition is dedicated to activating the Omaha/Council Bluffs riverfront from a “sometimes destination” into a place where people regularly go for excitement, relaxation and entertainment – a riverfront alive with festivals, concerts and recreational activities.

Missouri River Commons needs the help of Greater Omaha YPs to imagine the possibilities along this resurging venue – learn about what the riverfront once was and help us decide what it could be.

Let your imagination roam free. Provide your creative input on what types of festivals and events you want to see along the Missouri River

  • What: Learn more about Missouri River Commons
  • When: 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27
  • Where: The Breakers, 415 Leavenworth Street. The presentation is hosted by the Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals Engagement Committee
  • Contact: Luke Hoffman for details:
  • RSVP

About Missouri River Commons

Funded through the Omaha Development Foundation, Missouri River Commons – a program of the Greater Omaha Chamber – is a regional partnership between the cities of Council Bluffs and Omaha.

Missouri River Commons will:

  • Work with the Omaha and Council Bluffs Parks Departments to coordinate and expand activities along the riverfront;
  • Lead the effort to develop events and festivals as identified in the Urban Land Institute Riverfront report;
  • Support riverfront development initiatives identified by the mayors of Omaha and Council Bluffs;
  • Participate in and support the visioning and planning process for the Missouri riverfront; and
  • Raise funds as needed to support events and implement Urban Land Institute recommendations.

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