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Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman delivered the annual State of the City address on Jan. 12, 2023 to a live audience in City Council Chambers and to a virtual audience on on KCLV channel 2 and via the city’s social media channels.
This is Mayor Goodman’s 12th State of the City address, and featured the launch of a new downtown Las Vegas campaign, “Down For Anything.”
Funded by a federal grant from The American Rescue Plan as part of the city’s recovery effort, the campaign features video and photos of more than 40 downtown Las Vegas influencers, community and business leaders to illuminate the area’s diversity, inclusiveness and ethos of opportunity.
The hope is that the campaign will stimulate a renewed interest in the downtown as the community recovers from the pandemic. The multi-media pieces illustrate that the heart of Las Vegas is not only a place for fun, but also a great place to grow a business and to live.
At the State of the City Mayor Goodman spoke about the city having weathered the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, Las Vegas is the place to be and people are coming here to live, work and play. Downtown is where you can find opportunity, creativity, reinvention and the vintage vibe we are known for around the world. Las Vegas is a place where everyone is welcome, and everyone can have success. It doesn’t matter if you are a tech start up, an artist, a barista, a casino executive or a brain researcher – the opportunities are in Las Vegas.
The new campaign highlights downtown and those who are making a difference in our city. For more information on “Down for Anything” visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/downtown.
Along with the launch of the new campaign to help city businesses, Mayor Goodman also talked about some new projects coming to the city.
The city eagerly awaits the Strat’s nearly 100,000-square-foot Atomic Range, bringing a new and exciting brand of golf entertainment to the city.
In Symphony Park, things are moving quickly. Mayor Goodman mentioned the upcoming opening of the new Vic’s restaurant offering live music and a 20-foot-tall replica of the iconic Vegas Vic neon sign. The Southern Land Company will break ground later this winter on a new five-story residential project, and a 22-story residential tower. Combined, these two developments will add more than 550 residential units to downtown Las Vegas. Plans continue to move forward on another development in Symphony Park on parcel D that will bring 150 rental units, 200 condominiums, retail space and a long-awaited supermarket.
Another fast-growing area is our 18b Las Vegas Arts District with new galleries, shopping, restaurants and coffee houses opening all the time. Brewery Row continues to be a huge draw on Main Street, as the city has offered incentives to attract craft breweries, wineries, wine rooms, taprooms and distilleries downtown.
Mayor Goodman also touted the upcoming completion of the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history, the Las Vegas Boulevard Improvement Project. The project will be completed this spring. It was a huge undertaking to replace so much aging infrastructure, some of it dating to the 1940s. The city is adding refurbished, historic neon signs in the median that will act as breadcrumbs leading from Sahara Avenue all the way to the Neon Museum, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.
The city is also continuing to improve streets in 2023, creating corridors with trees, public art and widened sidewalks that are inviting to residents and visitors and enticing to business interests.
The city is also improving parking and accessibility downtown, with a new parking garage is planned for the Arts District.
This year the new Civic Plaza development rise from the ground across from City Hall. This development is key to the government district downtown. Not only will this project add much-needed additional city office space and allow for new retail and restaurant opportunities, it will create a large gathering place for the community to come together and celebrate.
Mayor Goodman also mentioned that in December, the announced a contract with world-renowned museum designers Gallagher & Associates to develop a master plan for the African American Museum and Cultural Center. These creative minds are the same team behind the International Spy Museum, the National Museum of African American Music, the National World War II Museum and our very own National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, better known as the Mob Museum. The Mob Museum continues to be ranked among the most visited museums in the Country.
In 2023, the city expects to see fresh fruits and vegetables being grown at our new Historic Westside Farming Facility, marking the first community-based urban agriculture complex of its kind in the city. This farm is located in the heart of Ward 5 and will provide a new local food source for healthy food as well as job training.
Mayor Goodman also said that the city will continue to focus on helping those in need in our community. Whether it is children who need access to educational resources, or aiding those who are experiencing homelessness, the city is here to help. The city has allocated more than $130 million in American Recovery Act funds and is now disbursing those monies to businesses, non-profits and organizations throughout the community.
The city has also made Spanish-language communication a priority to make sure we eliminate any language barriers as a large segment of the community speaks Spanish as a first language. Later this year the city will launch a refreshed and revamped website, and it will include robust translation services.
The city also continues its commitment to break the cycle of homelessness in our community. Every day city teams are at the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center and out on the streets working toward the goal of helping people to become hired, housed and healthy. The city will soon open the second phase of the Courtyard that will include an administrative building, a pet kennel, laundry services, additional showers and restrooms and space for added services.
The city has also added a conditions team with our Department of Public Safety that is working hand-in-hand with our MORE teams to meet homeless out on the streets and connect them to services that can help them live a better life. Another new law enforcement team is a group of Marshals who help patrol the Fremont Street Experience and the downtown tourist corridor. Working with Metro Police and security, Marshals are a visible presence that is helping to ensure safety at these popular attractions. Later this year we will begin construction of a new downtown Public Safety Substation at Fremont Street to continue these efforts.