Two city of Las Vegas programs have been selected to compete in the World Leadership Awards, a competition that celebrates the very best in modern city leadership. Two city programs were selected to compete; in the Leisure and Sport Category for the Centennial Hills Master-Planned Campus and for the Transportation Category for the city’s Alternative Fuel Program.
More than 400 cities across the world are asked to submit projects in a wide range of activities spanning: Architecture & Civil Engineering, Communication, Culture and the Arts, Economy and/or Employment, Education and/or the Development of the Young, Health, Housing, Environment, Law and Order, Science and Technology, Leisure and Sport, Town Planning, Transport, Urban Renewal and Utilities.
The city’s two programs made the “shortlist” of cities that will compete in each category. The Centennial Hills Master Planned Campus will compete with the city of Lagos, Nigeria, and the city of Lima, Peru. The Alternative Fuel Program will compete with the city of Ahmedabad, India, and the city of Bremen, Germany.
City staff will present these “shortlist” projects to the judges at a series of live symposia in London, England on December 5 and 6, 2007. The winners will be announced at the presentation ceremony in London on December 6, 2007.
The World Leadership Awards are given to cities whose leaders have shown exceptional imagination, foresight or resilience in a number of key fields - especially cities that have reversed trends, shaken off traditional images and acted as an example and inspiration to others.
Previous winners include the city of St. Louis, the city of Albuquerque, NM; Salt Lake City and the city of Milwaukee.
“This is an extremely prestigious competition and for the city of Las Vegas to have two programs placed on the ‘shortlist’ is a tremendous honor,” said City Manager Doug Selby. “Being recognized for our efforts in innovation further reflects our desire to become a world-class city.”
This year, for the first time, as well as giving individual awards in the 15 different categories, the judges will also declare four cities to be City of the Year for their respective regions. The winners of these four special titles will be chosen by the judges from the winners of the 15 specialist categories. Those new honors include: American City of the Year, African City of the Year, Asian-Pacific City of Year and European City of the Year.
The city’s Centennial Hills Master-Planned Campus goes beyond the traditional concept of a community center. Instead of developing a standalone community center and park, the city partnered with other entities to serve the community in a single, master-planned development. The campus includes a fire station, 53-acre regional park, 98,385 square-foot multigenerational community center with active adult center component and indoor and outdoor aquatics facilities, a 46,000 square-foot library and additional space for a future Metropolitan Police Department substation. The campus is surrounded by a middle school, residential neighborhoods including homes and apartments, and businesses. The facility is also operated with a unique public-private partnership between the city of Las Vegas and the YMCA.
The city’s Alternative Fuel Program is one of the first of its kind and has been recognized worldwide for its innovative approach to fleet services. In 1993 the city of Las Vegas became the fifth city in the nation to become a part of the Clean Cities Program, and is recognized as a leader in alternative fuels. More than 90 percent of the city’s fleet of nearly 1,200 vehicles operates on alternative fuels. In addition, in 2002 the world’s first hydrogen energy station was built and put into operation at the city’s Northwest Service Center. Las Vegas was also the first city in the world to test two state of the art FCX Honda hydrogen fuel cell cars in 2004. The city of Las Vegas has also partnered with Ford Motor Company to bring two state-of-the-art, hydrogen-fueled buses to southern Nevada to serve the public along downtown bus routes.