Southern Nevada Strong Recognized with National Planning Award

Southern Nevada Strong Recognized with National Planning Award

Henderson, Nev. – The City of Henderson’s leadership and efforts in reaching out to the public about Southern Nevada Strong (SNS) were honored today with the American Planning Association’s (APA) 2016 National Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach.

“We know that Henderson residents lead regional lives and that a broader, more collaborative approach to planning and community engagement is necessary to build real and lasting change,” said Henderson Mayor Pro Tem and SNS Consortium Committee Chair Debra March. “Southern Nevada Strong is helping create the blueprint needed for us to reach that important goal.”

The award was presented today during APA’s National Planning Conference in Phoenix. The public outreach award honors an individual, project, or program that uses information and education about the value of planning to create greater awareness among citizens or specific segments of the public.

“We are honored to be recognized by the American Planning Association for our outreach and overall engagement efforts on behalf of the Southern Nevada Strong regional planning effort,” said Stephanie Garcia-Vause, SNS Project Director and City of Henderson Director of Community Development & Services.

“Thank you to Henderson’s Mayor and Council for their vision and leadership in recognizing that our community’s residents lead regional lives and for allowing us to manage this groundbreaking effort on behalf of the entire Valley. I also owe a special debt of gratitude to Councilwoman Debra March for serving as our Consortium Committee Chair and to my dedicated co-workers at the City of Henderson lead by Lisa Corrado, our Project Manager, and our amazing outreach team of staff and consultants. We all share this honor for ensuring our community was heard and for truly raising the bar for public-sector community engagement efforts in Southern Nevada,” said Garcia-Vause.

SNS, a consortium of 13 regional partners in Southern Nevada, was funded by a $3.5 million Sustainable Communities Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation and was led by the City of Henderson on behalf of the entire region. Over the three year grant life, SNS conducted in-depth research and analysis of current conditions to build a foundation for long-term economic success and community livelihood by integrating transportation, housing, and job opportunities.

Led by City of Henderson staff, the SNS initiative leveraged a variety of traditional and innovative outreach approaches in both English and Spanish to ensure broad community engagement. SNS achieved an unprecedented level of community engagement as well as collaboration among local municipalities. More than 6,000 community members participated in outreach activities, with nearly 70,000 inputs received. The end product of the process was a regional plan that highlights implementation strategies and priority projects to create the foundation for a strong and stable regional economy.

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About City of Henderson: Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with nearly 294,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY and, one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), one of the top six safest cities in America (Forbes,, Law Street Media,, and a Bicycle Friendly Community (League of American Bicyclists), Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who choose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home