Background

Beginnings

The Benson-Ames Alliance was formed in September 2005 by a consortium of the City of Omaha, researchers from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Neighborhood Center, Omaha by Design, and – most importantly – residents, business owners and others from the alliance area. With the aid of urban design consultants and a community advisory committee, the Benson-Ames Alliance held a series of public meetings over the course of five months in early 2006, during which a vision for the community’s future emerged.

In September 2006, the Benson-Ames Alliance released a master plan for the area that formally explained this vision, identifying opportunities for new development and beautification while providing guidelines for such development. Now, the alliance is focused on implementing the plan. To lead these efforts, a steering council composed of former advisory committee members and other representatives of neighborhood associations, civic organizations and businesses has formed. The Benson-Ames Alliance Steering Council, which meets the second Wednesday of every other month at The Omaha Home for Boys, is charged with seeking out development and investment opportunities as well as providing oversight of such activities in the community’s interest. Most importantly, it is responsible for the governance of the Benson-Ames Alliance.

Support System

The work of the Benson-Ames Alliance is made possible through the generous support of sponsors, donors and supporters. These groups are listed below.

Founding Sponsors
  • Alegent Health Community Benefit Trust
  • City of Omaha
  • Nebraska Investment Finance Authority
Founding Donors
  • Commercial Federal Bank
  • Great Western Bank
  • Sorensen Park Plaza (Kimco Development Inc. and Woltheman-Otis Inc.)
Founding Neighborhood Supporters
  • Benson Neighborhood Association
  • Benson Presbyterian Church
  • Benson True Value Hardware
  • Blue Pomegranate Studio
  • Catholic Charities
  • Edward Jones
  • Greg Bourne Clock and Watch Repair
  • Haney Shoe Store Inc.
  • Leo’s Diner
  • Metropolitan Building & Loan Association
  • N-R Partnership
  • Petals by Janet Floral & Gift
  • Pizza Shoppe & Pub
  • Placzek Studios
  • St. James Manor
  • Tip Top Thrift Shop
  • To Maternity and Beyond
  • Triangle Body Shop
Maple Street Corridor Project Donors
  • City of Omaha
  • Nebraska Investment Finance Authority
  • Gifford Foundation
  • Adah and Leon Millard Foundation
  • Bluestone Development
  • City Weekly
Cole Creek Project Donors
  • Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
  • Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District