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Mobile workshops to spotlight the business side of Las Vegas.

Life in Las Vegas is not that much different from other communities. Take away the gambling and the glitz and you'll find a community filled with a zest for the good life. We are a proud community and want others to know why Las Vegas is such a great place to live, work and play.

Las Vegas is the hometown to more than 750 thousand residents who will greet more than 19 million out of town guests this year alone.

We are world famous for our hospitality, but not enough people know what goes on beyond the glitter and the glamour of our world famous oasis in the desert.

As part of the National League of Cities Convention, the City has set up several mobile workshops to give attendees a behidn the scenes look at "the other side of the coin" that makes Las Vegas the dynamic and vibrant community it is today.

The workshops will be conducted over a two-day period, on December 13th and 16th, most in the moring hours beginning at 8:00 a.m. Each workshop should last no more than four (4) hours. The proposed workshops are as follows:


Nellis Air Force Base: Tour will include an overview of base operations as well as offering an insight into the nation's critical defense efforts. Tour briefings will highlight non-sensitive and non-security components of the base.


Las Vegas Planned Communities: Workshop will include a tour of several planned communities: The Lakes, Desert Shores, Summerlin. These communities include all levels of housing, from apartments to custom-built homes. The Lakes and Desert Shores both include manmade, water recycling lakes at the center of the communities. Summerlin will ultimately house 100,000 residents and will also include a world class Tournament Players Golf Association golf course.


Public/Private Partnerships: Workshop will include a tour of several Econimic and Redevelopment projects that the City has assisted the private sector in developing.

The Las Vegas Technology Center and the Spectrum at Last ... each of these projects is constructed on City-owned land. The low cost land is being sold to developers on a phased basis (i.e., when initial development has been completed and the projects are substantially operational, the City sells the next parcel of needed land). The Technology Center is geared toward light industrial and research-type facilities. When each of these projects is totally built out, they will create a new employment base in their respective areas of town.

Redevelopment projects such as the Valley Foods distribution warehouse, the Charleston Plaza Mall and Main Street Station are examples of public/private partnership where the City assisted the developers in acquiring land and property in areas of the downtown that have started to decline. In cooperation with the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency, these projects have helped to revitalize the neighborhoods and create jobs where they operate.


Public Works and Public Safety: Workshop will include a tour of several major Public Works projects such as the Angel Park Detention Basin, designed to contain rain and flood water run-off that originates in the western portion of the valley; the Water Pollution Control Facility, designed as a state-of-the-art water treatment plant; and the water Conservation Gardens, a demonstration project designed to show Las Vegas residents how to create and maintain water conserving landscaping.

A tour of Public Safety facilities will highlight innovations in design at the Central Fire Station, which also houses the highly advanced emergency communications network for Las Vegas; the Fire Training Center, where a mock, computerized fire fighting exercise will be conducted; and the City of Las Vegas and Clark County Detention Facilities, which house low to high risk offenders until such time as their cases go to trial.


Silver State Disposal Service Facilities: Workshop will include a tour of several innovative projects undertaking by Silver State Disposal Service, which provides trash removal and a recycling program for Southern Nevada.

Silver State operates a full service environmental chemistry laboratory which provides analytical capabilities from hazard characterization to trace organic and inorganic analysis. The company's transfer station is the largest in the state, handling 3,000 tons a day of yard waste, commercial waste and other items destined for a landfill.

Silver State's newest service addition is a state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). Situated on 12 acres of privately owned land, it is the country's largest MRF. The 88,000 square-feet recycling plant features 600 linear feet of conveyors, magnetic separators, compactors, bailers and other recycling machinery. The facility also features a one-acre area for public drop-off.

Las Vegans are proud of their community, and hopefully, you will be too when you see "the City within the City". While these tours are free, reservations are required. Make your plans early and discover "the other side of the coin" to Las Vegas.

Doug Bradford is the Public Information Officer for the City of Las Vegas.
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Title Annotation:includes a welcoming letter from Mayor Jan Laverty Jones, convention program, and a directory of exhibitors; National League of Cities' Congress of Cities convention
Author:Bradford, Doug
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Oct 28, 1991
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