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University of Nebraska Omaha – Milo Bail Student Center

United Way of the Midlands is honored to partner with Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) for this year’s event featuring Dr. Michael McAfee, President of PolicyLink. PolicyLink is a leading national research and action institute with a goal to connect “the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity.”

In coordination with PolicyLink, MAPA’s Heartland 2050 initiative released our community’s first Equitable Growth Profile in 2014. In recent months, PolicyLink and MAPA worked together to create an updated Equitable Growth Profile to be shared at this year’s event. MAPA’s Heartland 2050 work aligns with the outcomes of the Strategic4Sight Initiative, Greater Omaha in 2040, launched by the Greater Omaha Chamber, Urban League of Nebraska and United Way of the Midlands in which hundreds of people across the region identified our community’s most critical trends and plausible futures. 

Dr. McAfee will share best practices for creating equitable communities and lead a conversation on how to create opportunities of prosperity for our community. McAfee will help activate our imaginations as we envision our preferred future.