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Unveiling the Future: Navigating Omaha's Urban Core Strategic Plan for Young Professionals

October 11, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)


Join us for an engaging and enlightening community event tailored to young professionals eager to delve into the intricacies of Omaha's Urban Core strategic plan. "Unveiling the Future: Navigating Omaha's Urban Core Strategic Plan for Young Professionals" offers an exclusive opportunity to explore the blueprint that is shaping the heart of our beloved city. 

Engage with Javier Fernandez and Stephen Osberg, planning experts and community leaders who have been integral in shaping the Urban Core strategic plan.

Connect with fellow young professionals who share your curiosity about urban development and its effects on our community. Forge meaningful connections that could potentially spark future collaborations.

Can't wait to see you there!

Javier Fernandez, President & CEO at Omaha Public Power District                                             

Javier Fernandez joined OPPD in June 2017 as vice president and chief financial officer.

He was selected by the OPPD Board of Directors to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer starting in July 2021. 

Fernandez came to OPPD from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), U.S. Department of Energy, in Portland, Oregon. He had been with the federal power marketing organization since 2012, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He previously served as senior vice president of Fixed Income Capital Markets for D.A. Davidson & Company and vice president of Public Finance for Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation.

Before joining BPA, Fernandez served for three years as senior vice president with D.A. Davidson & Co., a financial services firm, and seven years with Seattle-Northwest Securities, where he performed public finance banking and financial advisory services to municipal jurisdictions, primarily in Oregon.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Economics degree from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, a Master’s in Business Administration from Yale University, a Utility Management Certificate from Willamette University, and a Utility Executive Certificate from the University of Idaho.

He currently serves as Board Member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Omaha Branch, Bellevue University, Large Public Power Council (LPPC), Greater Omaha Chamber Urban Core Committee, Ameritas and Habitat for Humanity Omaha.

Stephen Osberg, VP of Project Development at Paul G. Smith Associates

Stephen Osberg serves as Vice President of Project Development at Paul G. Smith Associates in Omaha. With a background in urban planning, he is focused on creating neighborhoods that support human interaction and economic mobility. 

Prior to joining PGSA, Stephen worked at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce where he oversaw development of the ConnectGO Regional Transportation Strategy and the Urban Core Strategic Plan. He holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


5:30pm - Arrive and Network 

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Hear from our Experts! 

7:00pm - 7:30pm - Engage in Networking

7:30pm - Event Ends.


Millwork Commons

1229 Millwork Avenue, Omaha, NE, 68102, United States

The event will take place in the Ashton Building.

There is free street parking and free lot parking behind the Masterworks Building.


Chamber Member - FREE

Non-Member - $5.00

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