From Congressman Brad Ashford Annual Veterans Resources and Jobs Summit
Our veterans have served our country with honor, and now it is our duty to help them successfully transition back home. I have the distinct honor to host the 2nd Annual Veterans Resources and Jobs Summit on Tuesday, July 26th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Ramada Inn Convention Center located at 3321 S 72nd Street in Omaha.
My staff will be joined by guests from local organizations and federal agencies who will provide resources to attendees throughout the afternoon. Representatives from the Small Business Administration and the Omaha Chamber of Commerce will host informational sessions for veterans who are interested in starting their own business, and the Veteran Administration will be sending staff members to deliver health screenings and assist attendees with casework.
All afternoon the area’s premier employers will take part in a veterans’ job fair. This is a great opportunity for veterans to connect with companies that have special initiatives for hiring veterans. Come prepared for an interview.
Last year’s Summit was extremely successful, and my office is looking forward to having a record number of attendees and exhibitors this year. By cutting the budget typically used to send promotional mass mailings, my office was able to increase funding for this and other outreach events that actually benefit the 2nd District.
You can learn more about the event and RSVP by visiting my website at www.ashford.house.gov/VeteranSummit. If you have questions, contact Kyle Keith by calling 402-916-5678.
Senator Heath Mello Applauds FHA Policy Guidance Endorsing Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing
July 20th, 2016
OMAHA, NE – Building off the recent passage of LB 1012, Senator Heath Mello (District 5 – South Omaha) applauded the Federal Housing Administration’s announcement yesterday of PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) guidance that will expand access to energy-efficient improvements to homeowners and spur job growth in the clean energy sector. Yesterday’s announcement is the first federal housing policy recognizing PACE as a tax assessment that can co-exist along with FHA mortgages.
“We’ve known for years that the upfront costs for energy-efficient upgrades is one of the largest barriers preventing property owners from making meaningful improvements to their homes and businesses,” said Senator Mello. “By authorizing the City of Omaha, City of Lincoln, and the hundreds of cities across Nebraska to implement a new, strategic financing method through the creation of clean energy assessment districts, we can spur job-creation and the further development of the clean energy industry across Nebraska.”
This new guidance from the Federal Housing Administration provides clarity for cities across Nebraska when developing city ordinances creating Property Assessment Clean Energy districts and implementing PACE programs. During the passage of LB 1012, this guidance was discussed as a key component to ensure the proper implementation of PACE in Nebraska.
“Helping the private sector create quality, high-paying jobs has been a key priority for me during my eight years in the Nebraska Legislature,” Mello said. “With LB 1012 and the new FHA guidance, helping homeowners reduce their energy bills and increase the value of their property all while spurring the creation of new, high-skilled jobs is a ‘win-win’ for Nebraskans.”
From Senator Heath Mello
Webster's Dictionary defines 'responsibility' as "a duty or task that you are required or expected to do."
Taking 'responsibility' to actually put forth bold proposals to help solve the serious problems we face is one of the motivating factors of why I entered public service.
That's why this past legislative session working closely with Senator Jim Smith and Governor Ricketts, we created the state's first infrastructure bank to begin a 20-year approach to address long-delayed and critical infrastructure upgrades to roads, bridges, and expressways across Nebraska. It wasn't easy and finding consensus took time and patience.
Why does this matter?
Because at some point, residents of Omaha will demand our Mayor and Public Works Department take "responsibility" for the condition of the city infrastructure and no longer let them take the "it's not my fault" approach to fixing the problem.
The bigger question exists if whether we really can fix our 'crumbling infrastructure' or are we doomed to band-aid approaches to help us limp from election to election.
We can solve this problem, but more importantly we must solve this problem because Omaha families and businesses deserve better.
No July Meeting Douglas County Democrats
July 11, 2016
2016 General Election -
First day to request an early voting ballot for statewide general.
July 25-28 Democratic Convention Philadelphia Pa
Welcome to the Douglas County Democrats!
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Crystal Rhoades – Chair Douglas County Democrats