Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, City Councilman Ben Gray; David Brown, president and chief executive of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; and Walmart executives gathered at 50th Street and Ames Avenue Wednesday afternoon to hoist the first shovels of dirt marking the ceremonial start of a new 180,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter.
“This new Walmart … has the potential to spur economic development up and down the 50th and Ames corridor, which will mean more jobs,” Suttle said. The store, he added, “has the potential to transform this neighborhood.”
Voters are hearing more about city efforts to bring jobs to the eastern part of the city, especially northeast Omaha, this election year. World-Herald reporter Steve Jordon and I visited the mayor’s progress on this issue almost exactly a year ago. Meanwhile, drama over a planned “Ames-Locust Industrial Park” is ongoing. More chatter is coming; you can bet on that.