COVID-19 Update

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Dear Members, Project Partners, and Friends:

MAPA continues to host its public committee and board meetings in person since the expiration of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts’ Executive Order allowing governing bodies to conduct their open meetings virtually.

In November and December, this includes the following meetings: 

  • Coordinated Transit Committee – November 18
  • Finance Committee – December 2
  • Transportation Technical Advisory Committee – December 4
  • Board of Directors – December 10  

The Council of Officials meeting on December 10 is canceled.

The Heartland 2050 Regional Planning Advisory Committee meeting on December 3rd will be a work session and will take place virtually.

Regional Planning Affiliation (RPA)-18 will meet virtually on November 18.  

Regional Planning Affiliation (RPA)-18, which is comprised of  the Iowa counties of Harrison, Mills, Shelby and the non-urbanized portion of Pottawattamie County, will continue to meet virtually as allowed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’s State Public Health Emergency Declaration.

All other MAPA committee meetings will meet virtually too.

Your health and safety are priorities for us. The Omaha City Council implemented a mask mandate which is in effect until November 24, 2020.  Therefore, the wearing of masks will be required during meeting attendance. We will have a limited number of disposable masks available for board and committee members who do not provide their own. 

There are changes to the Metro building and the meeting rooms we use.  

The Metro lobby is open to the public but the public restrooms just off the lobby are closed.

For Board of Directors and other meetings: Tables and chairs will be added to the floor to accommodate the full board away from the dais and allow for social distancing.

Chairs occupied normally by staff and the public will be limited in number and separated appropriately for social distancing.

The tables and chairs prior to and following board meetings. Hand sanitizer will be available.

The same applies to seating in the Lobby Conference Room and the Training Rooms.  Hand sanitizer will be available in these meeting rooms as well.

If you have concerns about attending a MAPA board or committee meeting in person, please contact Christina Brownell as soon as possible at cbrownell@mapacog.org or 402-444-6866, ext. 3217. 

Many MAPA staff members continue to work remotely to provide you the best service possible while keeping ourselves, our families, all of you and the public safe.

Meetings and events

Please check the Calendar tab on the top of this page for event details on MAPA’s meetings.

Anyone with questions about the status of an upcoming MAPA-related meeting, training or event, should reach out directly to the staff member in charge.

We are working our way through this uncertain and anxious situation step-by-step, just as you are.

We continue to do our work behind the scenes that you entrust to us in transportation planning and community and economic development to help our communities connect, plan and thrive. 

Until we can meet in person consistently, we will reach out by email, by phone or even video conference to keep you informed about the progress on our projects. 

We are united with you as we navigate this uncharted territory together.  

Take care and stay safe. 

Greg Youell

Executive Director