Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman called for the community to come together in 2021 to continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic and to reinvigorate the economy during her annual State of the City Address on Jan. 9, 2021.
“Las Vegas is a city that is always changing and improving itself and has been that way since the 1905 auction that established our city,” Mayor Goodman said. “This chameleon-like ability to adapt has always served us well, and that was more evident than ever this past year as we faced a worldwide pandemic.”
Mayor Goodman shared the many ways the city has stepped forward to meet the demands of the pandemic, while also continuing to provide the critical and essential services that are necessary for the community. She also looked forward to welcoming back Las Vegas’ booming economy in 2021 and highlighted upcoming projects.
“Las Vegas is a town that always comes back no matter what is thrown our way,” Mayor Goodman said. “Lady Luck has always had an eye on Las Vegas, and our city is primed for a new winning streak.”
Among the precautions and programs that the city instituted were:
- Small business grants to 1,500 businesses to help with purchasing personal protective equipment;
- Relax many of our city regulations to allow for the much-needed flexibility enabling curbside pickup;
- Housing assistance grants to those who could not pay their rents or mortgages;
- Worked to make more testing locations available throughout the community;
- Reallocated many of its staff to work cleaning parks as part of the Healthy Parks Program;
- Focused on our most vulnerable populations through projects like constructing the temporary ISOQ--Isolation and Quarantine Complex at Cashman and the Respite Center; among other safety and aid programs.
The mayor said that focusing on safety requirements has paved the way for a comeback year now in 2021. She expressed optimism with the recent openings of the new Circa hotel-casino and the new gallery tower at the Downtown Grand.
Mayor Goodman also highlighted new small businesses downtown including the new Brewery District on Main Street with such ventures as Able Baker, Three Sheets, Crafthaus, Hop Nuts, HUDL Brewing Company and Beer District Brewing.
She looks forward to more development in the Las Vegas Medical District and Symphony Park, the Fremont East Entertainment District and the Arts District. She took time to highlight the coming redevelopment of the historic Huntridge Theater, as well as new parks projects coming throughout the city, including the under construction Legacy Park in Ward 5.
Mayor Goodman also thanked and remembered downtown visionary Tony Hsieh who tragically passed away in 2020.
Coming in 2021 is a new Municipal Courthouse scheduled to open this May, it is built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver standards and will house a traffic court, six additional courtrooms, City Attorneys’ offices, court administration facilities, classrooms and public spaces.
The city is also beginning construction in Ward 3 of a new educational complex near Wardelle Street and Bonanza Road. Housing a new Strong Start Pre-K Academy and a much needed community health clinic.
The mayor also said that she is looking forward to the continued work and completion of the largest public works project in the history of our city – the $109 million Las Vegas Boulevard improvement project which stretches from Sahara Avenue north to U.S. 95. Mayor Goodman pointed to her favorite part of the project being the newly completed Gateway Arches that mark the path into our historic and vibrant downtown.
“The arches evoke the glitter, glamour and neon that made Las Vegas famous and are 80-feet-tall and feature more than 13,000 sparkling lights,” Mayor Goodman said.
The best way to see the new arches according to Mayor Goodman is the city’s free Downtown Loop shuttle, that has added four stops for 2021, including the Strat hotel-casino.
Mayor Goodman also spoke about improving the quality of life in our city through the efforts of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas Life. Funds from this charity have helped to purchase a second Strong Start Go mobile pre-kindergarten bus. This educational program brings learning directly into communities most in need.
One project she outlines is the next phase of the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center, set to open in 2021 and provide a safe place every night for up to 800 people experiencing homelessness.
Mayor Goodman concluded her speech by speaking about public safety and how it remains the city’s top priority. She welcomed new Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Chief Jeff Buchanan (pictured left) and new Department of Public Safety Chief Louis Molina (pictured right.)