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Improve Economic Competitiveness & Education

Improve Economic Competitiveness & Education Goal 1

Match land use and transportation plans with regional economic development plans.

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Objective 1.1

Invest in and maintain infrastructure that meets the needs of a diversified economy.

Sub-Objectives
1.1.1

In coordination with organizations such as the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), develop a regional approach to 1) assess the need for and implement infrastructure that can support a diversified economy and 2) recommend updates to landuse plans to match land use and transportation plans and policies.

Lead Organization: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)
Supporting Organizations: Local Governments ; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Mid Term
1.1.2

Provide tools such as scenario planning analyses to local governments and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) to develop land-use strategies that implement the Plan at the local level.

Lead Organization: SNS Project Team
Supporting Organizations: Local Governments ; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)
Implementation Activities:

Time Frame: Mid Term
1.1.3

Coordinate the RTC’s Regional Transportation Plan and local government master plan updates with the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

Lead Organization: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)
Supporting Organizations: Local Governments ; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)
Implementation Activities:

Time Frame: Short Term

Objective 1.2

Determine future needs for employment lands.

Sub-Objectives
1.2.1

Conduct and publicize a regional inventory of available commercial and industrial land and facilities.

Lead Organization: SNS Project Team
Supporting Organizations: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) ; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
Implementation Activities: City of North Las Vegas (CNLV)

Time Frame: Short Term
1 Notes on this sub-objective
  • Mid 2017 Update
    LVGEA Industrial Building Survey (2014); LVGEA Employment Lands report (2016); LVGEA attempted to compile a regional inventory of available land, but found it too difficult to regularly update
    Regional Transportation Commission of S. NV
1.2.2

Work with local governments to bolster longer-term economic growth and development by designating employment lands for future industries, while mitigating the pressure to respond to short-term development demand for residential development.

Lead Organization: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)
Supporting Organizations: Local Governments ; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Mid Term

Objective 1.3

Foster the development of the healthcare and education sectors, locally serving sectors that would enhance quality of life for residents to better integrate with existing land uses and create a better environment to attract new workers.

Sub-Objectives
1.3.1

Support community stakeholders to plan for regional educational and medical assets that support economic growth and diversification, such as a UNLV medical school.

Lead Organization: Las Vegas Health Education Advocacy Leadership of Southern Nevada(Las Vegas HEALS)
Supporting Organizations: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) ; State Agencies ; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; City of Las Vegas (CLV) ; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Time Frame: Mid Term
1.3.2

Encourage quality housing and transit near existing medical facilities, schools and training programs to increase access to local medical providers and provide opportunities for residency programs in order to get doctors to stay in the region.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) ; Non Profit and Community Organizations ; Private Sector and Professional Organizations
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; City of Las Vegas (CLV) ; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Time Frame: Mid Term
1 Notes on this sub-objective
  • As the County updates its various comprehensive plan elements, goals and policies will be added to address this objective.
    Clark County
1.3.3

Identify how and where medical and educational institutions can be integrated into mixed-use developments in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods to stimulate economic vitality while offering needed services.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) ; Non Profit and Community Organizations
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; City of Las Vegas (CLV) ; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Time Frame: Mid Term
1 Notes on this sub-objective
  • As the County updates its various land use plans, it will look for opportunities to implement its "Activity Center" concept which will reinforce the concept of mixed use developments.
    Clark County
1.3.4

Provide housing options for healthcare workers near their place of employment that integrate parks, trails, and active transportation infrastructure.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) ; National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (NPS RTCA) ; Non Profit and Community Organizations ; Private Sector
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Time Frame: Mid Term

Improve Economic Competitiveness & Education Goal 2

Ensure that Southern Nevada offers a range of place types to attract and retain future workers, visitors, businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Objective 2.1

Develop strategies and make targeted investments to encourage infill redevelopment and property rehabilitation.

Sub-Objectives
2.1.1

Implement the four Opportunity Site strategies: Maryland Parkway, Boulder Highway at Broadbent/Gibson, Downtown North Las Vegas, and the Las Vegas Medical District and create and encourage the use of an infill and revitalization action plan for areas with similar characteristics to the four Opportunity Site strategies that identifies barriers to mixed-use development and suggests tools to overcome them.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; City of Las Vegas (CLV) ; City of North Las Vegas (CNLV) ; Clark County (CC) ; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) ; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Time Frame: Mid Term
2 Notes on this sub-objective
  • FAST
    Has been charged with getting up to speed on "Smart Cities," incorporating new technologies.
    Regional Transportation Commission of S. NV
  • Transit Planning
    -Service has been expanded on the weekends for Route 212 which passes through Boulder Highway.
    -Enhancements to Route 113 traveling through North Las Vegas have provided a boost in service running every 15 minutes.
    -Route 210 going through Lake Mead Boulevard has also seen a boost in service.
    -In general, efforts are made by the department to increase frequency wherever possible.
    -Most stops have been upgraded in North Las Vegas.
    Regional Transportation Commission of S. NV
2.1.2

Create a set of sample revitalization and renovation plans for existing buildings, which could be approved through a streamlined permitting process and implemented via low-cost loans, modest rehabilitation subsidies, or CDBG dollars, etc.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Non Profit and Community Organizations ; Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Implementation Activities:

Time Frame: Short Term
2.1.3

Make targeted enhancements in key infill areas to enhance walkability and connectivity to existing and new recreational, commercial and transportation options.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Non Profit and Community Organizations ; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; City of North Las Vegas (CNLV) ; Clark County (CC) ; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Time Frame: Mid Term
2.1.4

Preserve and enhance historic neighborhoods and allow appropriate infill and enhancements that can support the neighborhood's economic development.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; City of North Las Vegas (CNLV)

Time Frame: Mid Term
2.1.5

Develop and build upon existing programs to promote reinvestment in business districts through sweat equity and volunteerism to create gathering spaces, improve safety, and stabilize neighborhoods.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Non Profit and Community Organizations
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Time Frame: Short Term
2.1.6

Study market readiness and redevelopment potential for deteriorated commercial areas and underutilized strip retail developments.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Non Profit and Community Organizations ; Private Sector and Professional Organizations
Implementation Activities:

Time Frame: Short Term
2.1.7

Work with rural communities and small towns to implement economic development goals where comparative advantages align better than in urban areas of Clark County.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Economic Development Administration (EDA) ; Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) ; Non Profit and Community Organizations ; United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Implementation Activities:

Time Frame: Mid Term
1 Notes on this sub-objective
  • Mid 2017 Update
    LVGEA works regularly with rural municipalities on economic development goals; City of Mesquite's recreation master plan in CEDS; LVGEA working with Mesquite on Exit 118 plan and sports complex development
    Regional Transportation Commission of S. NV

Objective 2.2

Develop and expand community-based economic development and reinvestment to support vibrant, transit-supported mixed-use districts throughout the Region.

Sub-Objectives
2.2.1

Identify placemaking improvements, regulatory changes and design standards to increase customer draw in areas with a unique flair (arts, antiques, international appeal, family-oriented, etc.).

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Non Profit and Community Organizations ; Private Sector and Professional Associations
Implementation Activities: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Time Frame: Short Term
2.2.2

Develop strategies to better connect residential demand with local commercial services and products to reduce retail leakage.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Private Sector and Professional Associations
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Short Term
2.2.3

Identify, adopt and support programs that aid in the revitalization of local business districts, such as the arts district in downtown Las Vegas and areas with active business associations.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Non Profit and Community Organizations ; Private Sector and Professional Associations
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; Clark County (CC)

Time Frame: Short Term
1 Notes on this sub-objective
  • Mid 2017 Update
    CLV, COH, CNLV offer RDA redevelopment incentives in urban core
    Regional Transportation Commission of S. NV

Improve Economic Competitiveness & Education Goal 3

Enhance the role of small businesses and entrepreneurs as leaders in economic diversification and revitalization.

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Objective 3.1

Determine the building and space needs of entrepreneurs and startups to embolden existing small businesses to participate in revitalization.

Sub-Objectives
3.1.1

Identify neighborhoods that are well positioned to attract businesses from specific sectors and develop place-based strategies, cluster training, and workforce outreach efforts around those areas to reduce commute times and connect local residents to job opportunities.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation (DETR) ; Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)
Implementation Activities: City of North Las Vegas (CNLV)

Time Frame: Mid Term
3.1.2

Identify target industry locational needs, determine which industries are most likely to be successful in infill development, and develop a strategy to promote new development that accommodates them.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Short Term
3.1.3

Assess potential and support for locally-owned business preferences, including co-working spaces.

Lead Organization: Private Sector and Professional Associations
Supporting Organizations: Local Governments ; State Agencies ; Education and Research Partners
Implementation Activities:

Time Frame: Short Term
3.1.4

Expand and pursue public market concepts that allow flexibility for a diverse range of businesses including micro-business, farmers markets, or public markets through a public-private partnership.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) ; Non Profit and Community Organizations ; State Agencies ; United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Mid Term
1 Notes on this sub-objective
  • Mid 2017 Update
    Jurisdictions have changed zoning to allow farmers markets
    Regional Transportation Commission of S. NV
3.1.5

Provide tools and technical assistance to business districts to help increase their market draw.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) ; Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)
Implementation Activities: Clark County (CC)

Time Frame: Mid Term
3.1.6

Encourage the development of "third places," such as coffee shops or bars, essentially locations outside of work and home for people to meet and exchange ideas or work in a space with access to basic services such as WIFI at no charge, that help foster entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) ; Private Sector and Professional Associations
Implementation Activities:

Time Frame: Short Term

Improve Economic Competitiveness & Education Goal 4

Support the educational system and learning environments through thoughtful land-use and transportation planning.

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Objective 4.1

Prioritize the school environment for children, encouraging development that better supports existing schools.

Sub-Objectives
4.1.1

Explore community-based approaches to educational improvement and reform that focuses on improving the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in distressed communities, paying special attention to access to free preschools and all-day kindergarten.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Non Profit and Community Organizations
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; Clark County School District (CCSD)

Time Frame: Mid Term
4.1.2

Support updates to land-use plans based on the preferred land-use alternative, emphasizing relationships between revitalization, urban infill and education.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; Clark County School District (CCSD)

Time Frame: Mid Term
4.1.3

Support events and educational programming that address socioeconomic disparities and coordinate with partner organizations and initiatives to improve social equity.

Lead Organization: Education and Research Partners
Supporting Organizations: Non Profit and Community Organizations
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; Clark County School District (CCSD)

Time Frame: Short Term
4.1.4

Partner with Safe Routes to Schools to integrate safe walking and biking routes in new development areas to make neighborhoods more attractive. Prioritize investments that improve multi-modal school access.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (NPS RTCA) ; Non Profit and Community Organizations ; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; Clark County School District (CCSD)

Time Frame: Short Term
4.1.6

Review the impacts of restrictive zoning on the educational system. (Restrictive zoning refers to zoning that limits the types or form of development in a specific area. For instance, development of higher density buildings may be banned in certain areas of the community.)

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Short Term

Objective 4.2

Work closely with the Clark County School District Real Property Management Division, local governments and developers to develop thoughtful school and service siting criteria.

Sub-Objectives
4.2.1

Work with the Clark County School District to prioritize repurposing and rehabilitation of deteriorating schools, especially in neighborhoods near the Opportunity Sites.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) ; Non Profit and Community Organizations ; Private Sector and Professional Associations
Implementation Activities: City of Boulder City (BC)

Time Frame: Short Term
1 Notes on this sub-objective
  • Mid 2017 Update
    Through the use of Redevelopment Agency funds, CCSD and local governments are able to provide dollars to help rehabilitate schools in urban cores
    Regional Transportation Commission of S. NV
4.2.2

In the spirit of collaboration, research legislative changes (local, state and federal) necessary to allow the School District more flexibility with facility use and management with particular consideration for the role of regulations affecting Recreation & Public Purposes Act leases and BLM land and related impacts on schools on BLM property.

Lead Organization: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Local Governments
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame:
4.2.3

Consider changes to school design, including building schools with multiple stories and locating schools in infill areas, and consider repurposing commercial or vacant big-box retail spaces into schools.

Lead Organization: Education and Research Partners
Supporting Organizations: Local Governments
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; City of North Las Vegas (CNLV) ; Clark County School District (CCSD)

Time Frame: Long Term
4.2.4

Continue to strengthen the relationship between the CCSD and local governments to achieve shared goals for effective learning environments and educational performance.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Short Term
4.2.5

Identify potential funding sources that could be directed to building or retrofitting schools so that they can support a better learning environment.

Lead Organization: Education and Research Partners
Supporting Organizations: Non Profit and Community Organizations
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Mid Term
4.2.6

Encourage the local business community to support education and schools programs to better connect opportunities for student career mapping, mentoring, and educational needs of employers.

Lead Organization: Private Sector and Professional Associations
Supporting Organizations: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) ; State Agencies
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Short Term
1 Notes on this sub-objective
  • Mid 2017 Update
    LVGEA connects businesses with CCSD students for internship opportunities as part of BizCONNECT program; LVGEA's BeEngaged programming encourages business leaders to support educational needs; LVGEA, Public Education Foundation, and Metro Chamber developed initiative where business leaders mentor CCSD principals; LVGEA works with OWINN on workforce development efforts; CCSD has a robust Partnership Office where local government and the District are leveraging relationships to engage students and improve the quality of learning in the classroom.
    Regional Transportation Commission of S. NV
4.2.7

Implement the RTC's Regional Schools Multimodal Transportation Access Study to improve safety for children and promote a better overall environment near schools.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) ; Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition (SNRPC)
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Mid Term
4.2.8

Collaborate with the Clark County School District, local governments and the RTC to address school siting requirements, including, but not limited to, separation of uses near planned school sites and bus access.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)
Implementation Activities:

Time Frame: Short Term
4.2.9

Promote the need for schools to be located adjacent to public facilities and Pre-K, health, social and educational services that support healthy families.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Non Profit and Community Organizations
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Short Term
4.2.10

Elevate the importance of school siting as a strategic education and economic development initiative with the building and development industry, business community, local chambers and other stakeholders.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Non Profit and Community Organizations ; Private Sector and Professional Associations
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Mid Term
4.2.11

Co-locate schools and other learning facilities and community resources to capitalize on community skill sets and knowledge.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Non Profit and Community Organizations
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH)

Time Frame: Long Term

Improve Economic Competitiveness & Education Goal 5

Increase collaboration between the state government, local governments and the region’s higher education institutions to align economic development and education efforts.

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Objective 5.1

Partner with higher education institutions to support economic development.

Sub-Objectives
5.1.1

Pursue a stronger higher education system that includes a UNLV medical school, a tier 1 research institution, and Graduate Medical Education programming, (formal medical education either hospital sponsored or hospitalbased training) following completion of an M.D. or D.O. degree.

Lead Organization: State Agencies
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) ; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; City of Las Vegas (CLV) ; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Time Frame: Long Term
1 Notes on this sub-objective
  • Mid 2017 Update
    UNLV School of Medicine opened in fall 2017; UNLV actively pursuing Tier 1 designation
    Regional Transportation Commission of S. NV
5.1.2

Collaborate with local higher education institutions to develop local revitalization and improvement efforts.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Non Profit and Community Organizations
Implementation Activities:

Time Frame: Mid Term
1 Notes on this sub-objective
  • Mid 2017 Update
    UNLV was involved in the Infill Development Workgroup; UNLV is engaged in light rail discussion along Maryland Pkwy; Las Vegas Medical District redevelopment collaborative effort between UNLV, the City of Las Vegas, and Clark County
    Regional Transportation Commission of S. NV
5.1.3

Align complementary plans, special area plans and incentives with regional target sector industries, such as medical districts.

Lead Organization: Local Governments
Supporting Organizations: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)
Implementation Activities: City of Henderson (COH) ; City of North Las Vegas (CNLV)

Time Frame: Mid Term
5.1.4

Consider public investment in a center for research and development, in partnership with area universities, hospitals, the LVGEA, and businesses that can be leveraged to promote investment and stimulate more collaboration.

Lead Organization: Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)
Supporting Organizations: Education and Research Partners ; Local Governments ; Non Profit and Community Organizations ; Private Sector and Professional Associations
Implementation Activities:

Time Frame: Long Term
1 Notes on this sub-objective
  • Mid 2017 Update
    UNLV MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute; UNLV Harry Reid Research and Technology Park; UNLV Small Business Development Center; LVGEA launched its research center in fall 2016 to identify and support economic development and research opportunities
    Regional Transportation Commission of S. NV