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Four members of the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation attended the 60th annual dinner of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance on Sept. 29 at the Aria on the Vegas Valley’s world-famous Strip. They were among some 700 present for a program labelled “Developossible.”
Joining LEDC President Jim Maniaci were LEDC Board Member Gina Mackey, LEDC Strategic Development Advisor Robert Bilbray, LEDC General Member Ashlyn Sainz, Laughlin Town Manager Dr. Brian Paulson, Clark County Assessor Michele Shafe and husband Donald, Clark County Economic Development Liaison Phil Klevorick, Clark County Grants Coordinator Jake LaRow, and Governor’s Office of Economic Development Consultant Brad Mamer.
Nevada Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison spoke about growth and a strong country resulting from good jobs and strong families. To emerge from the Great Recession, he said Gov. Brian Sandoval set a goal of regaining 50,000 of the 187,000 jobs lost during that recession. But Nevada has regained all of the lost jobs, and more.
Continued growth as a leader in the United States of modern technology means the Silver State must focus on “autonomous vehicle research, testing, licensing, and construction,” he concluded.
After explaining that what is now the LVGEA began as a simple Clark County Economic Development Foundation that expanded into the Nevada Development Authority, Alliance CEO-President Jonas Peterson exuberantly elaborated on his “Developossible” theme. His steps include jobs, partnerships of government and the private sector, etc., being fueled by an information-based economy whose currency is innovation.
As the Battle Born State’s regional development entity for Clark County, the Alliance has brought three dozen businesses and 7,000 new jobs to the Vegas Valley, highlighted by the Faraday automotive factory in the North Las Vegas Apex Industrial Park. Apex is the second-largest industrial tract in Nevada, followed by Laughlin’s Southland that reaches to the California and Arizona borders at the southern point of the county and state.
Keynote speaker Gabe Klein detailed urban planners’ favorites in public space, transportation, and technology programs and facilities. From 2011-13 he was Chicago’s Transportation Department director under Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
For more information on the L.E.D.C. write to P.O. Box 33702, Laughlin, NV, 89028.
Attending the LVGEA annual dinner at the LEDC table were, Robert Bilbray, Phil Klevorick, Brad Mamer, James “Jim” Maniaci, Gina Mackey, Jake LeRow, Brian Paulson, Don and Michele Shafe. and Ashlyn Sainz.