July 2017 Newsletter

Henderson Strong Comprehensive Plan helps lay out goals for future of city

After 18 months of extensive public outreach, the City of Henderson unanimously approved the Henderson Strong Comprehensive Plan last week. Henderson Strong communicates the vision, long-term goals and objectives that will guide the physical development and orderly management of the city’s growth over the next 20 years.

Forged on research, public input and stakeholder involvement, the plan aims to improve Henderson’s economic resilience and competitiveness, maintain the city’s high quality of life and ensure access to a variety of community amenities including:

  • Transportation options
  • Quality health care
  • Parks and trails
  • Educational opportunities

“During the Henderson Strong planning process, we asked residents, business and organizations what they valued most and together we created a shared vision for our future. I am thrilled we have now adopted this outstanding plan,” said Henderson Mayor Debra March.

More than 26,000 residents were contacted during the outreach process and 5,500 gave input regarding the Henderson Strong plan. Community members identified the issues that they cared most about, including: Schools and education, parks and open spaces, and healthy and safe communities. Participants also said they would like to see reinvestment along the Boulder Highway Corridor and Lake Mead Parkway, as well as in the Downtown Henderson area.

Local governments are required to have an updated comprehensive plan. Henderson has experienced significant demographic and economic change since its last comprehensive plan was adopted in 2006. The need for the update was also driven by the city’s projected population growth of more than 100,000 new residents by the year 2036.

Learn more about the plan by visiting HendersonStrong.org.

North Las Vegas busy advancing SNS goals

The City of North Las Vegas has continued progress toward advancing and implementing several key goals in the Southern Nevada Strong (SNS) Regional Plan in recent months. Below is a timeline that highlights the recent progress:

19 – Construction began on Vegas Trade Village

A ground-breaking ceremony for the first phase of construction of Vegas Trade Village, a $100 million live-work space for manufacturers, was held with project developers and city officials. Upon completion, Vegas Trade Village is expected to grow into an international trade center spanning 35 acres, with a 20,000-square-foot convention center, an apartment building with 264 live-work units, four restaurants and a 120-room hotel. The project’s first phase is to include a 4,800-square-foot bank and a convenience store that includes a car wash and fast-food restaurant at the northeast corner of Cheyenne Avenue and Commerce Street.

How this relates to SNS – The development of “mixed-use centers” — where jobs and higher-density housing are located in close proximity — is identified as a strategy for attracting employers and talent to the region, as well as advancing the efficient use of natural resources.

City Council unanimously approves Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) Transformation Plan
The two-year redevelopment plan aims to revitalize the area just west of the city’s downtown. The plan calls for replacing distressed public and assisted housing facilities with high-quality mixed-income housing and improving service availability and resources to area residents.

How this relates to SNS: Developing high-quality affordable housing near community resources, especially in areas that have experienced lack of development, is a critical need noted in Invest in Complete Communities.

17 – North Las Vegas adopts ‘Complete Streets’ Policy

The City of North Las Vegas became the first municipality in Clark County to adopt a comprehensive Complete Streets policy. Complete Streets are roadways that are designed to be safe for all users of a roadway, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. The city received $270,000 from the Southern Nevada Health District to develop the policy that creates opportunities to increase physical activity and active transportation.

How this relates to SNS: By creating complete streets, or roadways that accommodate all modes of transportation, we are Increasing Transportation Choices and making travel safer and more convenient for all roadway users.

18 – Amazon announces 500 new hires for upcoming fulfillment center in North Las Vegas

Amazon began its hiring process to fill 500 full-time positions for its upcoming 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center.  The center is currently under construction in the city’s Northgate Distribution Center, a 120-acre industrial park near I-15 and Lamb Blvd. The hiring announcement is the first step in the company’s plan to employ 1,000 at the facility, which is expected to open later this summer. The Northgate Distribution Center also includes warehouses for online retailers the Honest Company and Fanatics. City officials expect the industrial park to eventually create more 4,500 jobs.

How relates to SNS: Capitalizing on and properly utilizing the region’s industrial land to expand employment opportunities is noted in Improving Economic Competitiveness and Education.

20 – Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican holds ribbon-cutting for new hospital

More than 400 dignitaries and North Las Vegas residents attended the ribbon cutting of the new Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican North Las Vegas Campus neighborhood hospital located at Craig Road and Camino Al Norte. The 60,000 square-foot facility – which includes a full emergency department, an inpatient wing, imaging, lab services, doctor’s offices, specialists, clinical services and outreach programs – is an important step in addressing a shortage of medical care in Southern Nevada. The North Las Vegas campus, which cost about $25 million to build, will employ approximately 90 staff members.

How this relates to SNS: Expanding access to healthcare and improving health outcomes — especially in underserved areas – are key objectives within Investing in Complete Communities. Additionally, the Regional Plan identifies the health and medical services industry as a sector that should be the focus of efforts to further diversify and develop the regional economy.

Improving nonprofits’ grant competitiveness a state priority

Improving Nevada’s federal grant readiness and competitiveness has been of great interest in recent months, both locally and at the state level.

Governor Sandoval continued his commitment to improving the state’s federal grant competitiveness in his Executive Budget for 2017-2019. Included in his budget was additional funding for the Nevada State Grants Office to purchase a statewide grants management system and hire an additional staff person. The grants management system will allow the state to more effectively identify grant opportunities, secure funding, and track outcomes and spending related to federal grants. The increase in funding essentially doubles the state’s investment in the Grants Office.

Locally, the Nevada Grant Professional Association (NGPA) has been active in its attempts to grow its presence and capacity in Southern Nevada. Following a successful effort to increase its membership in recent months, they are building a program to assist local grant writers’ expertise. For additional information, contact NGPA member Beth Rubins.

And regionally, increasing the flow of federal grants to Southern Nevada is a priority objective for SNS, as Nevada has been among the lowest performing states in terms of receiving competitive federal grants, despite having some of the highest documented need. This issue is particularly compelling for the region’s nonprofit community, which ranks 50th in the nation for assets and revenue per capita, yet are tasked with providing valuable services to a growing population.

In May, SNS released a strategic framework aimed at enhancing the abilities of the region’s nonprofit organizations to apply for and receive federal grant funding. “Improving Southern Nevada Nonprofits’ Grant Capacity and Competitiveness” identifies opportunities for nonprofits to improve the quality and quantity of the grant applications they submit, and calls for cross-sector collaboration to make securing federal grants a regional priority. The strategic framework is intended to guide the approach nonprofits take with federal grants and align stakeholders across the region for shared success.

Collaborative Campus partnership first of its kind in Nevada

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada (BGCSNV), Lutheran Social Services of Nevada (LSSN) and Clark County broke ground on the first campus-style service partnership of its kind in Nevada earlier this month. The nonprofit organizations are part of an innovative affordable living community with co-located services for working families who will become residents of the Boulder Pines Family Apartments being developed by Nevada HAND.

Funding for the BGCSNV and LSSN buildings was made possible largely by a $5.79 million grant through the Department of Housing and Neighborhood’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG). Administered locally by Clark County, this federal grant is the largest single award to a nonprofit partnership through CDBG in Southern Nevada in its 40-year history.

“This unique partnership bringing three complementary nonprofit organizations together to support working families is a shining example of the huge and positive impact that federally-funded HUD Community Development Block Grants are having in communities and neighborhoods across the country, and why we need to ensure that federal funding of CDBG funds continue,” said Commissioner Giunchigliani, whose district encompasses the Boulder Highway collaborative campus. “On behalf of Clark County, it’s a pleasure to participate in this revolutionary groundbreaking.”

The new Boys & Girls Clubs facility will provide a place for youth, ages 5 to 18, to participate in fun and engaging activities and programs. The new club will include a game room, learning center, kitchen, cafeteria, arts & crafts room, tech center, and teen center.  Club members also will have access to tutors during the school year and nutritional meals year-round.

The LSSN building will serve as the nonprofit’s new comprehensive community safety net center, providing critical services to the community, including a grocery style and digital food pantry, and in collaboration with agencies covering mental health, nutrition, employment, housing, and other critical services.

In addition to BGCSNV and LSSN, Boulder Pines is adjacent to the existing Mater Academy of Nevada, a Title I Charter Elementary School, and near area community centers, shopping, employment opportunities, and transit routes.   Boulder Pines also will have a resident service coordinator to help connect residents with both community-wide and on-site collaborative services.

Notes from the Field: Keep up-to-date with reports from SNS manager

Southern Nevada Strong announces a new way to follow the progress of implementing the Regional Plan. Check out our newly designed News and Current Activities pages on our website where you’ll be able to find published reports, archived newsletters, press releases and other relevant articles. New to this section is “Notes From the Field,” a real-time blog written by our SNS manager that shares notes from meetings with community partners and stakeholders on how they contribute to the progress of the plan. This is an opportunity to follow along on the valley’s progress and receive relevant news on housing, transportation, healthcare, and employment projects.

News Beyond the Valley

Here are a handful of stories that have caught our attention recently.   See how innovative, forward-thinking regional planning and policy  are impacting communities around the country.

Urban farming reaches new heights at Levi’s Stadium – Levi’s Stadium’s rooftop garden opened in July 2016 as a subsection of the stadium’s 27,000-square-foot green roof. The garden, the first to top an NFL stadium, produces 500 pounds of produce per month, on average. The Atlanta Falcons are now following suit with a raised-bed garden of their own. And baseball stadiums are already in on the game: Boston’s Fenway Park set up a rooftop garden in 2015, and San Francisco’s AT&T Park boasts a vegetable garden behind center field.

Detroit’s New Streetcar is an Example of Philanthropy’s Rising Power in Cities – After years of complex administrative and funding hurdles, the QLine in downtown Detroit recently opened. Many hope the new service will be a catalyst for economic and transit-oriented development. What’s truly remarkable about the QLine, however, is that this piece of urban transit infrastructure is a unique product of philanthropy and private investment.

Safer bike lanes to debut in Miami and South Beach. Will regular folks jump on?Starting next week, crews will begin retrofitting a half mile of downtown Miami’s Southeast and Southwest First Street with a protected bike lane, as well as an exclusive bus lane. This street redo between the Miami-Dade government center and Biscayne Boulevard is part of a “complete streets” pilot project that the Downtown Development Authority, the city and county planners intend to replicate on surrounding blocks.

Built-Out Barcelona Makes Space for an Urban Forest – Barcelona, Spain recently rolled out a paradigm-shifting re-greening program that will double the number of trees in the city, increase park space by two thirds, and give each citizen an extra square meter of green areas. The urban plan, which will deliver 108 acres of new green space by 2019 and over 400 acres by 2030 is a model of ingenuity that could serve as a model for other cities.

How to Survive a Retail Meltdown – Cities and suburbs are getting clobbered by the collapse of the retail sector. But there are ways to use the crisis as a way to speed long-overdue land use reforms.