OEDC Founder & President
Alvin Goodwin founded the Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) in 1977, where he served as President for over 30 years. Alvin played a pivotal role in the betterment of North Omaha by securing investments in business and safe affordable housing throughout the community. Amng many successful projects, under Alvin's leadership, the nonprofit organization implemented the Kellom Heights Redevelopment Program, secured affordable housing development near 60th and Hartman, restored the Jewell Building, a registered U.S. Historic Landmark, and renovated the old North Omaha Post Office and Jensen Building. His efforts resulted in nearly $19 million of capital invested in Northeast Omaha, created more than 100 jobs and generated $1.6 million in yearly property, payroll, personal income and sales tax revenue.
Alvin served on the Creighton University Advisory Committee and played a crucial role in the Omaha River City Redevelopment Project. His other accomplishments include serving over 40 years as board director for the Urban Business Development Center, being recognized as Man of the Year BY 100 Black Men; receiving the National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) Freedom Fighter Service Award; the Urban League of Nebraska Lifetime Community Service Award; the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr "Living the Dream" Award and serving as an assistant to Omaha Mayor Gene Leahy.