Two City Programs Named As Finalists In International Awards
The city of Las Vegas may soon be known internationally for more than just gaming and tourism. 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. The Centennial Hills Master-Planned Campus was chosen to compete in the Leisure and Sport category while the city’s Alternative Fuel Program will vie for top honors in the Transportation category.
More than 400 cities across the world are asked to submit projects in a wide range of activities. The city’s two programs made the “shortlist,” where it will compete with two other international cities 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.
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 an 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 its use of 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.
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.
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