June 2006 

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City Receives Two Awards For City Programs

The city of Las Vegas was recently lauded for two of its most innovative programs, its alternative fuel program and its historic preservation efforts.

Earlier this month, the city received the The Innovation Groups’ 2006 Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government. As the title suggests, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in local government innovations.

Overseen by the Department of Field Operations, the city’s alternative fuel program began in 1993 when it was designated as a “clean city” by the U.S. Department of Energy, making it the fifth city in the nation to receive the honor. Over the years, the city has continued to invest in alternative fuels, first with the conversion of two city trucks to compressed natural gas (CNG) in 1994. Today, the city has close to 1,000 alternatively fueled vehicles using a wide array of alternative fuels including CNG, biodiesel, reformulated gasoline, hydrogen, hydrogen natural gas and hybrids. By using alternative fuels, the city keeps the air cleaner and doesn’t rely on gasoline.

The city’s historic preservation efforts were also recently recognized with the presentation of the Nevada Historic Preservation Award by the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office. The award is in recognition of the city’s support of the Las Vegas Post Office restoration project, the rehabilitation of the Fifth Street School and the relocation of the railroad cottages.

The downtown Post Office, now know as the Post Modern, and the Fifth Street School will both become cultural centers in downtown Las Vegas. The Post Modern will showcase the history of Las Vegas in a museum setting while the Fifth Street School will house a number of local arts organizations including the Nevada School of the Arts and the UNLV Modern Letters and Writers in Exile Program. Several railroad cottages, which were built between 1909 and 1911 for railroad workers, were moved to the Las Vegas Springs Preserve to recreate an interpretive historic exhibit.

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