COVID-19 Update

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Dear Members, Project Partners, and Friends:

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts’ Executive Order No. 20-36,  which allows governing bodies to conduct their open meetings virtually, remains in effect until April 30, 2021.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ State Public Health Emergency Declaration allowing virtual meetings for governing bodies continues as well.

As such most of MAPA’s open meetings in April 2021 will take place virtually with the following exceptions:

April’s in-person meetings include:

  • Finance Committee – April 14
  • Board of Directors – April 22

April’s virtual meetings include:

  • Heartland 2050 Regional Planning Advisory Committee – April 2
  • Regional Planning Affiliation (RPA)-18 – April 14
  • Transportation Technical Advisory Committee – April 16
  • Coordinated Transit Committee – April 21

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 May 25, 2021.  Therefore, the wearing of masks will be required during in-person meeting attendance.  MAPA will have a limited supply of disposable masks available for board and committee members who do not supply 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.

Chairs and tables will be added to the floor in front of the dais to allow board and committee meetings to be conducted in person with social distancing being practiced.

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

The tables and chairs will be cleaned and sanitized prior to and following board meetings.  Hand sanitizer will be available as well.

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