OMAHA, NEBRASKA – Kevin Andersen recently joined JEO Consulting Group, Inc. as a planner in the planning department. Bringing 7 years of experience, Andersen offers invaluable knowledge about many aspects of planning, specifically economic development and community development and redevelopment strategies. Andersen also brings with him extensive knowledge of the community development block grant program.
As a planner, Andersen will primarily work on comprehensive plans, downtown redevelopment plans, housing studies, and blight substandard determination studies. He will also assist with capital improvement plans and vision implementation plans.
Andersen joined JEO in June 2014 and continues to be impressed with the company’s genuine culture. “New employees are treated really well and given incredible opportunities. It’s apparent that JEO is dedicated to developing and retaining talented individuals,” Andersen said.
Since joining JEO, Andersen has been involved with several projects. He has taken a large role on the comprehensive plan update for St. Paul, NE, while also assisting on the comprehensive plans for Cass County, Gretna, and Springfield, NE.
Previously, Andersen was a community development coordinator for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. While there, Kevin led a research and planning team to develop a statewide strategy for workforce development, population attraction, and retention. He also oversaw the design and delivery of over $5 million in federal community development block grant allocations.
“Kevin’s economic development experience, understanding of community development, particularly as it relates to downtown districts, and existing relationships with Nebraska communities will add depth to our planning services,” said planning department manager Jeff Ray. “I have no doubt the addition of Kevin to our planning team will directly benefit our clients.”
Andersen holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, and is currently finishing his thesis for a master’s degree in community and regional planning, both from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His thesis is a guidebook for upper-story redevelopment in Nebraska downtown districts. Andersen is an active member of the Nebraska American Planning Association.