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‘Bringing back an icon’: $75 million plan to revive Blackstone Hotel, a former hangout for Gold Coast elite

By Cindy Gonzalez, Omaha World-Herald

In addition to TIF [Tax-Increment Financing], the developers seek “enhanced employment area occupation tax financing” amounting to nearly $10 million. Overall, the bulk of funding would come from a construction loan and investor equity, but also helping to fund the project would be about $6.5 million in federal and state historic tax credits and $3.5 million in Property Assessed Clean Energy financing (PACE is a new financing tool used to upgrade energy, water and utility systems in commercial properties).  Read more here.

Photo by Pat Hawks, Flickr


BEATRICE – The City of Omaha is the first to adopt an ordinance allowing its use in Nebraska. The City of Lincoln is considering the same.  Now, Beatrice is being asked to consider Property Assessed Clean Energy financing, or PACE, as another tool for economic development.  It’s described as a low-cost, long-term financing mechanism for energy efficiency or renewable energy projects. Chris Peterson, Managing Partner for Pace Sage Capital in Nebraska, worked as a Legislative Aide to former State Senator Heath Mello when PACE was enabled through state law, making Nebraska the 34th state to enact it.


PACE was named one of the top 20 “world-changing” ideas by Scientific American magazine.
PACE Nation

Solar Powering Your Community: Fremont, Nebraska

Sponsored by the City of Fremont

Local governments interested in learning about how to make their community solar ready in the Fremont, NE region are invited to a free workshop with national and local experts on Wednesday, May 27th at the Christensen Field Meeting Room. (Please see our calendar for additional details).

This interactive workshop will provide actionable information on creating local-level solar policies and permitting processes.

Areas of focus include:

  1. The benefits and barriers of solar development in Nebraska;
  2. Understanding the regulatory landscape of solar;
  3. Getting Fremont solar ready; and
  4. Innovative financing options for solar projects.

Lunch Provided for Registered Participants
Email questions to solar@icma.org

The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Workshop, Solar Powering Your Community: Omaha, which Nebraskans for Solar helped the City of Omaha organize and present, was held on June 7, 2013 at Metro Community College.