• Omaha Continues Transformation with Latest Projects

     
    POSTED March 19, 2022
     

Nebraska’s largest city, Omaha, continues to up its game as a destination for meetings and events and leisure travel. Working my first two years out of college for a large bank holding company based in Omaha, the recent announcements caught my attention.

Streetcar Line - A $306 million streetcar line will give groups, visitors and residents a free form of transportation from the downtown convention district to a variety of entertainment options in midtown Omaha. The three-mile route will connect 13 stops including Omaha’s downtown convention center and arena, Charles Schwab Field Omaha (home to the NCAA Men’s College World Series) and entertainment districts including the Old Market, Blackstone District and Midtown Crossing all featuring locally owned restaurants, bars, retail shops and venues. The expected completion date is 2026.

Riverfront Park - The first phase of the city’s new 90-acre, $300 million Riverfront Park in downtown opens this summer and includes a performance pavilion, interactive water features, a sculpture garden and state-of-art playground. Insurance powerhouse Mutual of Omaha has unveiled plans to build a skyscraper towering more than 40 stories that will anchor Riverfront Park. The Fortune 500 company, headquartered in Omaha, employs 4,000. 

Eppley Airfield Project - In addition to the new skyscraper and streetcar, a $500 million dollar expansion and modernization project is planned for Omaha’s airport, Eppley Airfield (OMA). 

New Attractions - The $101 million Kiewit Luminarium, designed to inspire creativity in science, technology, engineering and math, is currently under construction along the riverfront and planning a 2023 opening. Steelhouse Omaha, a new $109 million downtown live music venue, is slated to open next year. 

“Beginning this year, and for the next five years, Omaha will start to transform into a whole new city,” says Visit Omaha Executive Director Deborah Ward. “The development happening here is unprecedented. New entertainment options and increased accessibility will add even more to the city’s appeal as a visitor destination.”

Since 2008, the 20-acre Harley-Davidson Museum campus has been a must-see destination for guests from around the globe, both riders and non-riders alike. A campus makeover began last summer with the groundbreaking of a new, year-round event space.

 

A generation ago, people talked about the power lunch. Now, taking the “work from anywhere” trend to a new level,  Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino has introduced the “power palapa.”

These beach palapas, which line Aruba’s shoreline, have been outfitted with everything meeting attendees need to stay connected during breaks, including a power and USB charging station, laptop cooling pad, laptop sunshade privacy cover and a power bowl with hydrating aloe juice or coconut water.

 

The Mob Museum, officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, celebrated its 10th anniversary with its first fundraising gala “Undercover of the Night” on Feb. 17 at the museum’s historic building in downtown Las Vegas. The museum can be booked for private meetings and events, with several function spaces and buyouts available.

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