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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts awards Central City the 2019 Governor’s Showcase Award on April 23, 2019.
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City of Omaha Recognizes Lamb for Efforts to Rehabilitate Homes

The City of Omaha recognized a local contractor and community advocate for his work on more than 800 housing rehabilitation projects as part of the state government’s observation of Community Development Week.

Thomas “Tom” Lamb was presented Omaha’s Community Development Award during gubernatorial proclamation in Lincoln by Omaha Planning Department Assistant Director William Lukash, according to a news release from Gov. Pete Rickett’s office.

Lamb began his construction company, Lamb’s Remodeling, in 1975. He began working that same year with the City of Omaha to rehabilitate homes using Community Development Block Grant funding. He later began rehabilitating homes for local nonprofits.

Ricketts signed a proclamation Tuesday declaring April 22 through April 26 as Community Development Week in Nebraska.

“Community Development Week is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work by people across our state to create a great quality of life in their communities and grow Nebraska,” Ricketts said in a release. “It’s also a week when we acknowledge the federal, state and local resources, as well as the partnerships and local support, that make community and economic development achievements possible.”

Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe gave the Governor’s Showcase Community Award to the City of Central City. The award honored the city for an array of achievements spanning local business development, youth, education and solar energy that enhanced local wellbeing.

Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue and Grand Island made their own award presentations because they receive federal CDBG funding directly, so their communities are not eligible for the Governor’s Showcase Community Award.

Lincoln recognized local developer SSH Architecture. Bellevue recognized the Bellevue Junior Sports Association. Grand Island recognized the nonprofit Multicultural Coalition.

– Scott Stewart


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