Archive for April, 2010
The “Great Nebraska Trash Off” is an annual marathon day to help cleanup Nebraska’s highways. This year’s event was held on April 17th. NAI FMA picked up trash along a 2-mile stretch on Hwy. 77. Thank you to those associates that participated – Scott Bahm, Mike Weekly, Wayne Thrasher, Keith Thomson, Loren Wusk, Darl Sapp, Scott Mickle and Rick Hellerich.
Mayor Chris Beutler announced yesterday that the EPA findings showed no unexpected additional cleanup costs for the proposed Haymarket arena site. He stated “…the arena cleanup is both manageable and affordable.” A giant step for the West Haymarket Arena project! Be sure to vote “YES” on May 11th!
On Friday, April 16th, Lincoln Green by Design hosted a LEED tour at the Meridian Park Office building to educate the public on Leadership in Energy and Environment Design for an existing building. The event was well attended and Mayor Chris Beutler was able to make an appearance. Mayor Beutler thanked Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. for their decision to upgrade Meridian Park’s operations and management to LEED standards and briefly talked about what the city’s efforts are towards a ”Cleaner Greener Lincoln”. Sponsors for the event included NAI FMA Realty along with Davis Design and Ameritas Life Insurance Corp.
Angelos Angelou, the founder of AngelouEconomics, answered questions on the current state of site selection for Forbes.com. In one of the questions where he was asked what metro areas are site selectors finding attractive, he mentioned Lincoln as one of the top metro areas. The other metro areas were Albuquerque, Austin, Colorado Springs, Nashville, Phoenix and Atlanta.
Angelou Economics was hired by the city a few years back to provide input towards the city’s economic development efforts. I think he has given some valuable information to the city on how to develop a solid economic development plan to attract new businesses to the area.
Impact Fees will gain attention by the mayor and city council in the months following the May 11th arena vote. The mayor’s office has commented that they would like to make some changes to the current ordinance that they believe will make it easier to use the money collected. Among the possible changes are revising the current seven (7) impact fee districts to four (4) and removing a provision that requires the city to pay back any unused impact fees to the original payer if unused after seven (7) years. For more information on the current impact fees, click here.
Lincoln Green by Design will host a LEED building tour Friday, April 16 at the Meridian Park Office Building. This open house will educate attendees on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design on Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED EB O&M), an internationally-recognized green operating performance certification. Businesses involved with Meridian Park’s operations and management will be present throughout the building to provide information about their products or services as related to the LEED EB: O&M credits.
THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FREE TO ATTEND.
Event Sponsors: NAI FMA Realty, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. and Davis Design
Starting today, April 5th, Lincoln citizens can begin early voting for the May 11th Primary. On the ballot is the proposed West Haymarket Arena and the issuance of general obligation bonds.
There are two ways to do this:
1. You can request your ballot be mailed to you. It will be sent to you so you can vote when and where is convenient for you. Request your ballot at the Election Commissioner’s web site.
2. You can vote early at the Lancaster Election Commissioner’s office. The office is located at 601 North 46th Street (across the parking lot from the DMV) and is open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
NAI FMA Realty urges all citizens to vote in favor of the arena.