Heartland 2050 Summit Summary
On September 27th, Heartland 2050 hosted its second summit of 2017 at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. Presented by HDR, Ben Pierce, HDR’s Transportation Technology Program Lead, came to Omaha to give the keynote and facilitate a workshop at the summit. 141 nonprofit, business, government, and community members were in attendance, and each sector was represented at each table during the workshop.
The key theme of the workshop was “how can transportation solve some of our region’s societal issues?” Instead of viewing transportation as a problem to be solved, attendees were asked to think of societal issues that could be solved through transportation improvements.
Based on what we heard through the workshop, societal issues of concern are as follows:
- Housing & Transportation Spending as % of Income
- Food Deserts
- Renting Costs
- Chronically Absent Students
- Working Multiple Jobs
Attendees thought that these five issues could be improved or solved through transportation improvements. The Heartland 2050 working groups that are currently working to improve these issues are as follows:
- Nodes & Corridors
- Local Foods Coordinating Council
- Housing Affordability & Funding
- Regional Transportation Collaboration
- Funding (Infrastructure)
If you are interested in joining any of these groups, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.