Kiwanis Club Of Omaha Westside

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Omaha

Omaha is a small town - the nation’s 42nd largest city - boasting a population of 427,872  with the Metro Area Population at 865,350; an agricultural industrial base surrounded by service businesses and a growing technology core.

And yes, the corn fields remain, just 20 minutes from the world's most sophisticated telecommunications enterprises (The city has the most extensive wide-area telephone service (WATS) network in the world) and the heart of the nation's strategic nuclear forces planning center (headquarters of the U.S. Air Force Strategic Command (STRATCOM) a key link in our nation's defense system). The $290 million CenturyLink Center Omaha (formerly the Qwest Center Omaha) opened along the waterfront in September, 2003 and is attracting top-grossing acts like Cher, Fleetwood Mac, Matchbox Twenty, Alan Jackson, and Martina McBride. The Omaha metro is also home of Father Flanagan's famous Boys Town the most famous and revered institution in the state, if you don't count Husker football. Opened in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan, the famous home for troubled boys originated when Flanagan found that he was reaching many wayward men too late in life. Flanagan eventually moved his operation -- founded on the idea that "there are no bad boys" -- to a large farm 10 miles west of town, where the boys grew their own food, learned employable trades and were taught the value of religious faith. Omaha has long since caught up to Boys Town and moved well beyond, but the "village," situated on 900 acres, remains self-sufficient and operates its own fire department, police station, post office, two churches and two schools. Several hundred children live in "family-style" homes under the care of family-teacher couples, who must be married and pass a rigorous exam and training period. Renamed Girls and Boys Town in 2000, the campus is open to visitors, who can tour its churches, gardens and attractive multimedia Hall of History. A solid place. A place for families and good ol' American values .

Eleven colleges and universities call Omaha home. Two major medical schools are located in Omaha. The Old Market, a unique eating, shopping and entertainment area, is centered in Omaha's former fruit and vegetable warehouse and market district -- about a dozen square blocks of cobblestone streets and closely huddled historic buildings. With a multitude of restaurants, taverns and clubs, the Old Market is the heart of Omaha's artistic and cultural life, much of which revolves around food. Omaha is no longer the cow town of yore, but steak still rules these parts. The Henry Doorly Zoo, The Lied Jungle, and the Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium are all some of the state's most popular tourist attractions. The famed Lied Jungle is the world's largest indoor rain forest, where monkeys rope between the flora of South America and Africa. Nearby is the recently completed Desert Dome, the world's largest indoor desert, which happens to be kept under the world's largest "glazed geodesic dome." The two-story structure contains a sandfall, a hummingbird canyon, live pumas and a monolith rock that is -- you'll never guess -- the world's largest. Directly beneath the desert dome is the world's largest indoor nocturnal exhibit. Sharing the zoo's parking lot was Rosenblatt Stadium, which for the past 50-plus years has been the home of the NCAA College World Series. The final College World Series game at Rosenblatt Stadium was played on June 29, 2010. Every June, thousands of baseball fans from across the country meet to create a temporary baseball utopia here, among them hordes of RV dwellers with a communal belief in beer and brats. A new $128 million downtown stadium, which was completed in spring 2011, now serves as home to the NCAA Men’s College World Series for the next 25 years. Equally expressive is the Joslyn Art Museum northwest of downtown. Constructed in 1931 with an exterior of Georgian pink marble, this art deco building is itself a work of art, reflecting the Plains influence of Frank Lloyd Wright. Inside are courtyards, fountains and gallerias created with 38 types of marble from around the world. The Joslyn holds a permanent collection of 10,000 works dating to antiquity. European and American paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries receive special interest; the Joslyn holdings include Monet, Renoir, Grant Wood and El Greco, among others. The city maintains more than 8,000 acres of parks and 13 neighborhood recreation centers. Atkinson State Historic Park and Mahoney State Park offer recreational opportunities. Omaha residents experience warm summers and cold, dry winters.

Like an 19th-century house outfitted with electricity and modern amenities, progress has never been at the expense of elements integral to Omaha's character. The construction of the Union Pacific Railroad during the mid-1860s, with its eastern terminus in Omaha, transformed the frontier settlement into a transportation capitol and metropolitan center. Situated on the edge of the Great Plains and on the banks of the Missouri River near Standing Bear and Cunningham lakes, Omaha's frontier traditions and values have remained largely intact as the city has modernized. Fur traders were replaced by stockyard meat producers, who in turn have all but disappeared. yet the city jealously guards its provincial roots with statewide celebrations such as River City Rodeo formerly called River City Roundup at the CenturyLink Center an annual commemoration of western heritage that draws hundreds of men and women on horseback and thousands who enjoy Omaha's renowned steak. Omaha is the largest city within the area of Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, and Kansas City.

The result is a cosmopolitan spirit, a mixture of cultures that is rich yet unpretentious and available without a two-hour commute.

This is a great place to live and to do business.

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