By Roseann Moring / World-Herald staff writer
Mayor Jean Stothert has named the seven members of the board for the newly formed Omaha Municipal Land Bank.
The inaugural board will hire an executive director, write bylaws and establish policies and procedures for the land bank. The new agency can select and acquire vacant, condemned houses and other problem properties, selling them for redevelopment.
The mayor’s appointees:
» Tom McLeay, president of Clarity Development Company and a partner at Smith, Gardner & Slusky.
» Ken Johnson, president of his own consulting company and board member for 75 North Redevelopment Corporation and the Omaha Small Business Network. He is the city’s former economic development manager.
» Jamie Berglund, a member of the Omaha Housing Authority board and a senior director of community development with the Greater Omaha Chamber.
» Spencer Danner of Mutual of Omaha Bank.
» Randy Lenhoff, CEO of Seldin Company and chairman and CEO of World Group LLC
» Scott Semrad, co-founder and manager of Urban Village Development.
» Cathy Lang, chief operating officer and vice president of Accelerate Nebraska and former head of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and Department of Labor.
Five nonvoting members are: Mike Riedmann, president of NP Dodge Residential Sales; Julie Stavneak of J. Development Company; Julia Plucker, a partner in Heartland Strategy Group; John Heine, a commercial real estate broker with Investors Realty; and Diane Battiato, Douglas County Register of Deeds.
The City Council must approve the appointments.
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