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"I'LL BE LAYING OUT BIG PLANS FOR OUR JOBS AND OUR ECONOMY"

- R. J. Neary

RJ’s Pathway to the Future

TALENT RETENTION PLAN

The City of Omaha is a great place to live and to raise a family, with numerous amenities and a good quality of life. However, over the past eight years, Omaha has struggled to attract and retain young people, especially young professionals. While many mid-size cities have successfully drawn talent from bigger coastal cities, under the current mayor Omaha has unfortunately not kept pace with places like Milwaukee, Cleveland, or even Kansas City in the competition for the next generation. I am committed to reversing brain drain and will work tirelessly to improve our city so that it attracts and retains new talent.

As mayor I will:
  • Offer grants of $5,000-10,000 to young individuals who relocate to Omaha from cities like Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles
  • Empower and appoint younger people to boards that will shape the future of Omaha
  • Invest in and promote multi-modal transportation, creative neighborhoods and opportunities for younger developers, businesses and creatives.
  • Improve coordination with relevant players (business, academic, medicine, entrepreneur, tech) benefitting from the presence of talent in Omaha
  • Identify and support key driving sectors for retaining/attracting talent, and report on metrics
  • Mitigate/remove structural impediments/barriers to attracting talent
  • Integrate these efforts with Cabinet-level Equity Officer to ensure growth of young professionals of color and LGBTQIA professionals in Omaha