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Who is MAPA?

The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) is a voluntary association of local governments created in 1967 to provide a forum for coordinating local planning and development activities. As an organization of local governments, MAPA helps member governments address regional problems that sometimes cross jurisdictional boundaries.

MAPA brings local government officials of the region together to address mutual and overlapping concerns in the areas of transportation, solid and hazardous waste, community and economic growth and development, air quality, energy, and data. It also works to promote and preserve the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens in the MAPA region.

MAPA receives financial support from federal, state and local contributions and from contracts for services. The organization has no regulatory powers. It recommends, but does not implement. Implementation is left in the hands of local jurisdictions. Learn more at

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Public Outreach Forums

As the Heartland 2050 Regional Vision continues to develop, a “golden rule” has been formed that will ensure success of the Vision. The “golden rule” is that the people who make  up the region have to be able to see themselves in the Heartland 2050 plan, to see how their lives will be more prosperous as implementation of this plan begins to happen. This has guided our process of community engagement and outreach.

Below is a list of the numerous events, forums, and organizations that Heartland 2050 has heard from throughout the last 12 months. We estimate that we have heard from over 3,000 people in the Heartland region in both formal and informal situations about how people want to see our region grow, and what is most important to them.

2013 Activities
August 2013
South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
Omaha Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Board
Neighbors United
Youth Emergency Services (Forum)
Non Profit Association of the Midlands
African-American Empowerment Network
Yates Community Center
Latino Center of the Midlands
Midtown Neighborhood Alliance
Omaha Public Schools Thrive Club

September 2013
Old Market South Neighborhood Association
Elevate Creative Solutions
Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce
Mode Shift Omaha
Omaha Play Streets
Papillion Public Schools
West Omaha Clergy Association
North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
Downtown Omaha Farmers Market
Bellevue University
Benson Neighborhood Association
402 Arts Collective
Benson Improvement District
Omaha Public Schools
Rho Epsilon Real Estate Fraternity
Moving Omaha
Gretna Chamber of Commerce
Metropolitan Community Church
Creighton University
Mayors Office (Omaha)
inCOMMON Community Development (Forum)
Straight Shot
Council Bluffs Arts Collective

October 2013
Metropolitan Community Church (Forum)
Wahoo Chamber of Commerce
Leo A Daly
Omaha Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Business Association
Collective for Youth
Siena Francis House (forum)
Purple Wagon
Omaha 360
Gifford Park Neighborhood Association
Central High School (forum)
South High School (forum)
16 Regional Visioning Workshops held in 8 counties in October 2013

November 2013
Latino Young Professional Group
Nebraska Christian College
Bellevue Complete Streets Coalition
Gretna Chamber of Commerce
Farnam Street Coalition
Kreative Element
Benson Business Association
Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association
South Omaha Future of Education (forum)
Ripple Glass
Liberty Elementary School (forum)
Youth With a Mission
9 Neighborhood Visioning Workshops throughout the 8 county region

December 2013
Omaha B Cycle
Thrive Club
Future Business Leaders of America
Yates Community Center (Workshop)
Catholic Charities (Forum)
Stephen Center
Victory Boxing Center
City of Gretna (forum)
City of Malvern/East Mills County (forum)


2014 Activities
January 2014
Project Interfaith
Inclusive Communities
Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless
Dundee-Memorial Park Neighborhood Association
Dahlman Park Neighborhood Association
Green Omaha Coalition
Old Millard East Neighborhood Association
Justice For Our Neighbors

February 2014
Omaha Jaycees
Morton Meadows Neighborhood Association
Missouri Valley Schools
Field Club Neighborhood Association
Bench Co-Working
TED Talks Salon
Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Advisory Council

March 2014
South Sarpy County Growth Summit
Omaha Makers Group
South High School Immigrant Education Program
Plattsmouth Main Street (Forum)

April 2014
Missouri Valley Public Library (Forum)
Bellevue University (Forum)
Saddlebrook Community Center (Forum)
Blair Library (Forum)
City of Plattsmouth (Forum)
Drips Coffee Gallery (Forum)
City of Avoca (Forum)
Metropolitan Community College Fort Campus (Forum)
Glenwood High School (Forum)
South High School Cultural Event
Benson High School
Bryan High School
Central High School (Thrive Club)
South High School (Thrive Club)
Regional Open House (Kaneko)
Earth Day Omaha
Oakland Iowa (Forum)
Gallup Earth Day Event
Wahoo Main Street (Forum)
Pizza Shoppe Collective (Forum)

May 2014
Omaha Community Development Week
Carson Community Center (Forum)
Making Omaha Makers Market and Panel Discussion
Council Bluffs Public Library (Forum)
Jewish Community Center (Forum)
Louisville (Forum)
Gretna Library (Forum)
Salvation Army (Forum)
Platte Institute for Economic Research
Omaha Together One Community
Omaha BioFuels Co-Op
No More Empty Pots
Whispering Roots

June 2014
Open Nebraska
Omaha Public Library
Omaha Arts & Culture
South Omaha Business Association
Heartland Workers Center


Monthly Featured Video:

How was the Heartland 2050 Vision created? Who was involved? What were the values of the residents that made their way into the Vision? This video walks through the process and what the Vision means for our region.


Research Team Reports

The Heartland 2050 Steering Committee members divided into teams and asked to provide a 15-minute general overview of the region on the topics listed below to present to the group to provide a basic understanding of the region today. This data, as well as more in-depth research and reporting, will be used for scenario development and the creation of strategies for growth. Public feedback from the regional and small-area visioning workshops will also be a critical component.

Education, Economic Development and Agriculture
Transportation, Utilities and Healthcare
Land & Natural Resources, Demographics & Mobility and Housing & Built Environment

Heartland 2050 is an opportunity for our community to shape our destiny, creating a regional vision that takes in to account our people, places and resources. It is an unprecedented effort for our region, but there are many communities throughout the nation who have undertaken similar efforts with promising results from which can draw inspiration.

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