Omaha Public Power District’s economic development efforts continue to make huge impacts on our region by recruiting new business to the area, assisting with business retention and expansions and supporting OPPD’s communities for continued growth.
The district’s vice president of Public Affairs, Lisa Olson, shared that information with OPPD’s board of directors at their committee meetings today. It was part of a monitoring report for Board Policy: Strategic Directive-11, which directors accepted at their board meeting later in the day.
The report also referenced Facebook’s newly announced Papillion Data Center, which will encompass two buildings near Highway 50 and Capehart Road. OPPD was a major driver for this project. The district worked to meet Facebook’s renewable energy needs through Rate 261M, which the board approved in January for all customers. More than 50 OPPD employees across various departments were actively engaged in bringing the project to our area, and more will be involved as it gets underway. Facebook indicated the project is expected to bring about 1,000 construction jobs to the area and create about 100 permanent jobs once the data center is up and running by early 2020.
Tim O’Brien, manager of Economic Development for OPPD noted that even before the Facebook announcement, the district’s efforts this past year equated to about $25 million in new reoccurring revenue for the district. Additionally, working with the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Economic Development Partnership and other community partners, OPPD helped land 91 projects and create 1,400 new jobs across the region in 2016.
At today’s monthly board meeting, directors also accepted monitoring reports for Board Policy: Governance Process 1-14 and Board Policy: Board-Staff Linkage: 1-6. The board evaluates all monitoring reports on an ongoing basis. Acceptance means they find the district to be sufficiently in compliance with the goals previously set forth for the utility.
In other action, directors:
- Approved revisions to Board Policy: Board-Staff Linkage-12, relating to delegation of the president and chief executive officer – transmission, wholesale, electricity, fuel and other energy transactions.
- Received the monthly President’s Report. You can view that report after it is posted by visiting oppd.com/boardmeeting.
Next month’s board committee meetings will be held at 10 a.m., May 11. The monthly board meeting will be held the same day at 4 p.m. Both meetings will take place at Energy Plaza, 444 S. 16th St., Omaha.
In addition, both meetings will continue to be streamed live at oppd.com, in the district’s ongoing efforts to remain transparent, as well as making its public meetings accessible and convenient for our customer-owners.