Apr 6, 2017 Events

What to Expect at the Neighborhoods, USA Conference in Omaha, NE | Your Guide to NUSA 2017

NUSA is a national organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhoods throughout the United States. Their yearly conference, Neighborhoods, USA or NUSA, attracts national and international community leaders who share ideas and experiences with the goal of building stronger and more vibrant neighborhoods.

Two years ago in May of 2015, Omaha was selected as the host of the 42nd annual conference. Since then, local committees, businesses and government leaders have been preparing with the primary goal to ensure the event would be affordable to local residents.

Through their efforts, Omaha residents will have the opportunity to register through April 15th for only $50 per resident and $25 per student. The fee for those living outside of Omaha is $200.

Please note: Between April 16th and May 12th, registration will be $300 for residents and non-residents of Omaha. Registrations will no longer be accepted after May 12th. Register today!

Your registration cost includes four days of conference activities, including attendance to seven workshops of your choice, neighborhood tours and more. Throughout the conference, a total of 56 workshops will be offered and led by local and national presenters in categories like Neighborhood Stabilization, Growing Green Neighborhoods, Grants and Government, Safe and Healthy Communities, Emerging Leaders and more!

Below, you’ll find a round-up of the most exciting speakers, tours and events throughout the weekend, as well as links to more resources so you can better plan your conference experience! You can also check out the 2017 NUSA Omaha Conference At-A-Glance here.

The 42nd Annual Neighborhoods, USA Conference

When: May 24 – 27, 2017

Where: Downtown Hilton Omaha and Omaha’s CenturyLink Center

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Wednesday, May 24

Pride Tours

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Loess Hills | Walk Score: 4

Get away from everything on the Loess Hills tour — one of the most popular local destinations for escaping the hustle and bustle of urban life. The Loess Hills tour will be an exciting opportunity for tour participants to learn about unique businesses in western Iowa and find out what makes the geographic area a one-of-a-kind experience.


Urban Agriculture Tour | Walk Score: 3

This walking tour will focus on how local neighborhoods can be transformed by urban agriculture. Participants will visit neighborhood gardens and unique organizations that strive to grow community as well as plants.


Blue Barn Theatre / KETV 7 Burlington Station | Walk Score: 5

Join this walking tour for an exploration of Omaha arts, history and media. Starting at 11 a.m., tour the Blue Barn Theatre, Boxcar 10 and Roof Ground Water projects to learn about the newly developed arts hub near downtown Omaha. After a lunch break at Via Farina, you’ll explore one of the cornerstones of Omaha’s Little Italy revitalization: Omaha ABC station, KETV.


Bike Tour

From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., take a bicycle tour of neighborhoods and business districts combining history, analysis and neighborhood development. Focusing on diversity, the tour will show the different approaches and partnerships that have helped catalyze changes in the established parts of Omaha. You’ll also get a lunch break at a local spot in one of the focus neighborhoods!


Social Events

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Mix and Mingle | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

After registration, kick off the NUSA conference by connecting with friends and meeting new people at the Liberty Tavern Lounge in the Hilton Omaha lobby. Food and beverages will be available for an extra cost.


Film Streams movie screening | 7:00 p.m. — 8:45 p.m.

From Mix and Mingle, make the short 8-minute walk to Film Streams in Downtown Omaha for a screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City!  This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions, Jane Jacobs. Tickets are $9 for adults or $7 for seniors, students, teachers and military.


Thursday, May 25

Thursday will be filled with workshops and classes! Along with the following social events, there will be 34 workshop sessions which you can preview here.

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Live Well Omaha Morning Walking Tour | 6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

Meet in the Hilton Omaha Lobby at 6:30 a.m. and embark on a morning walk across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. You’ll get to explore Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park and the walking trails along the Council Bluffs riverfront.


Opening Breakfast | 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast in the CenturyLink Center will feature presentations by Keynote Speaker Fred Kent as well as Jose Garcia and Terri Sanders. Fred Kent is a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of our cities. He founded Project for Public Spaces and is known throughout the world as a dynamic speaker and community innovator. Find out more about Fred, Jose and Terri here.


Mayor’s Reception at Hilton Omaha | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Hors d’oeuvres, refreshing beverages and local music will accompany this celebratory social event. The Mayor’s reception in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Omaha will feature Mayor Stothert’s presentation of the City of Omaha’s 2017 Community of Excellence Award to Neighborhoods, USA.


Friday, May 26

In total, there will be 18 walking tours available on Friday; see the full list here. These tours all include transportation and a meal. There will also be 24 workshop opportunities which you can preview here.

South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance Morning Walking Tour | 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

Meet in the Hilton Omaha lobby at 6:15 a.m. Then, take a walk down the historic South 10th Street corridor highlighting the history of the Little Italy Neighborhood. You’ll learn how the Dahlman Neighborhood Association, Old Market South, non-profit organizations, the real estate community and community residents collaborated to celebrate history and revitalize the neighborhood.


Neighborhood of the Year Awards Luncheon | 12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Lunch will include a presentation from keynote speaker, Joseph Porcelli. Joseph is currently the Nextdoor Northeast Senior City Strategist and Professional Neighbor. In this role, Joseph works to improve relationships and communications among neighbors and city agencies through the Nextdoor app, the private social network for your neighborhood.


Saturday, May 27

Saturday will largely be a conference wrap-up with NUSA membership meetings and the NUSA Board Meeting.

Best Neighborhood Program Awards Luncheon | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate conference close at the last social event on Saturday!



Let us know which workshops, tours and social events you attend and share your experiences and photos with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Apr 6, 2017 Events
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