64 Omaha NARI members and guests attended the February 23rd luncheon at Omaha Public Schools Career Center to hear from Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.
Mayor Stothert gave her the State of City Address covering a range of topics that impact the city, as well as the future of the remodeling and construction industry. Mayor Stothert opened up the room to Q & A and answered a variety of questions pertaining the city inspections, permits and planning. Mayor Stothert plans to work with and address the following questions with the Permits & Planning Department:
How can the time it takes fo residential remodel plan review be redcued?
How can the CEU hours for licensed contractors be tracked?
How can contractor licensing and pulling permits be enforced? What happens if a contractor is found doing work and isn't licensed or isn't pulling permits?
We were very excited and appreciative of Mayor Stotherts time with our group and thankful for her support of the Association and dedication to the industry.
Thank you again to our host, Omaha Public Schools Career Center.
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is in her fourth year as mayor. Elected in 2013, she is the 51st Omaha mayor and the city's first woman to be elected to the office.
Mayor Stothert's priorities are public safety, managing the city budget, job growth and economic development and improving the taxpayer experience -- so that every citizen receives excellent customer service when they interact with city government.
In her first three years in office, Mayor Stothert has reduced the property tax rate twice, increased funding for the police department to hire dozens of new officers, improved city services and worked with the Omaha City Council to grow the city's population and tax base through annexation.
She believes in open, transparent government and gets the most satisfaction from helping people solve problems.
Stothert grew up in the St. Louis area and worked as a critical care nurse and later as head nurse and department head of cardiovascular surgery at St. Louis University, where she met her husband, Joe Stothert, M.D.
In 1993, the Stothert family moved to Omaha from Galveston, Texas, when Dr. Stothert accepted a new position at Creighton University.
When the Stotherts' two children, Elizabeth and Andrew, were old enough to go to school, Mayor Stothert became involved in their schools as a volunteer. Later, she was appointed and then elected to the Millard Board of Education and served 11 years, including three as President. In 2009, she was elected to the Omaha City Council, representing District 5 in southwest Omaha.