Las Vegas Continues to Blossom
I moved to Las Vegas in early November 2006. Anyone who lived here back then will tell you that it was not the best economic times for the valley. However, as I come up to my anniversary of moving here, I stand in awe of all that the valley has achieved in the past few years:
- Unemployment continues to fall – This month, it was reported that the state’s job growth rate continues to surge, now at its third-highest pace since November 2008. Nevada’s jobless rate now stands at 7.3 percent. That is a downward trend that is good news for everyone.
- Downtown Summerlin debuted on Oct. 9 – As a resident of Summerlin myself, the opening of this retail center was long-awaited. For several years, I passed by the beginnings of the development and now, can enjoy more shopping and dining opportunities just minutes from my home. Truth be told, I haven’t even scratched the surface of all of that is there…but I certainly look forward to.
- Downtown Las Vegas continues to flourish – Over the years, downtown Las Vegas has become a destination for residents and tourists alike. I applaud the commitment of the small business owners who opened restaurants in bars as the area underwent revitalization; the city government that took initiative to support redevelopment; the Downtown Project, which supports start up entrepreneurs; and the communities themselves, like the Arts District, which worked together to build a burgeoning neighborhood full of life and unique experiences.
- Economic discussion is not just about gaming – The other week, I went to a luncheon sponsored by the American Marketing Association on the topic of medical tourism and the growth of our health and wellness sector. This is only one area that will help to diversify our economy. Tech companies continue to move to Las Vegas and new transportation projects funded by the RTC will help strengthen our valley’s ability to accommodate more businesses, residents and visitors.
- The people of Las Vegas have big hearts – As an active member in the non-profit community for many years, I was always amazed by how many people gave their time and their dollars to organizations that help those in need. Earlier this month, the Chronicle of Philanthropy validated my anecdotal experience. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that “Nevada was the state with the fastest-growing rate of donations as a share of income, jumping nearly 13 percent from 2006 to 2012. Its major metropolis, Las Vegas, was the fastest-growing city in terms of generosity, rising 21 places since 2006 in a ranking of the country’s 50 largest urban areas.”
These achievements didn’t happen overnight, but they did happen and continue to develop. Sometimes, I think that we get too focused on the present day problems and issues, that we don’t take the time to reflect on all that has been accomplished. We are part of a great community that is only getting better – and I am proud to call it home.