Mayor Stothert announces partnership between Omaha and UNMC/Nebraska Medicine

Tom Smith

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert made an announcement on Tuesday morning. Stothert was joined by UNMC Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold to discuss a new partnership between the City of Omaha and UNMC/Nebraska Medicine.The mayor announced that the city and UNMC/Nebraska Medicine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that identifies $93 million […]

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert made an announcement on Tuesday morning. Stothert was joined by UNMC Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold to discuss a new partnership between the City of Omaha and UNMC/Nebraska Medicine.The mayor announced that the city and UNMC/Nebraska Medicine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that identifies $93 million in city funds to support Project NExT and the UNMC expansion west of Saddle Creek Road over the next decade. Project NExT is the proposed federal disaster response center and medical research facility planned for UNMC and Nebraska Medicine campus. The economic benefit to the City of Omaha is estimated $1.9 billion during construction and $1.3 billion annually after the opening.Breaking down the $93 million the city has pledged: $45 million will go to Project NExT and $48 million will go toward public improvements, such as streets, a public parking garage, an administrative office building and “mixed use development” which may include housing, restaurants, hotels and other amenities. Gold said the public-private partnership will place Omaha in a competitive position to attract the brightest in the medical community. Stothert said the city’s support for the project will not increase taxes. She said the funds will come from the tobacco tax, starting in 2023.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert made an announcement on Tuesday morning.

Stothert was joined by UNMC Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold to discuss a new partnership between the City of Omaha and UNMC/Nebraska Medicine.

The mayor announced that the city and UNMC/Nebraska Medicine have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that identifies $93 million in city funds to support Project NExT and the UNMC expansion west of Saddle Creek Road over the next decade.

Project NExT is the proposed federal disaster response center and medical research facility planned for UNMC and Nebraska Medicine campus. The economic benefit to the City of Omaha is estimated $1.9 billion during construction and $1.3 billion annually after the opening.

Breaking down the $93 million the city has pledged: $45 million will go to Project NExT and $48 million will go toward public improvements, such as streets, a public parking garage, an administrative office building and “mixed use development” which may include housing, restaurants, hotels and other amenities.

Gold said the public-private partnership will place Omaha in a competitive position to attract the brightest in the medical community.

Stothert said the city’s support for the project will not increase taxes. She said the funds will come from the tobacco tax, starting in 2023.

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