BY: Denise Rosch

It’s on track to become one of the fastest growing parts of the valley.

It’s an area known “Henderson West.”

A number of projects have already broken ground near St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henderson mayor Debra March gave her first State of the City Address since taking office last June.

Wednesday’s sold out event was held inside a ballroom at Green Valley Ranch Hotel and Casino. March focused on the city’s accomplishments and growth along with praising the city’s award-winning schools, emergency responders and vision for the future.

Some plans involved a memory village, which would be the first of its kind in the nation. And a focus on revamping parts of town like water street with repaving, and decorative lighting.

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BY: Kathleen Jacob

The city of Henderson welcomed the Raiders with fireworks and cheerleaders at their annual State of The City. Last week the city approved a resolution, of intent to sell the land by the Henderson Executive Airport to the Raiders for their practice facility and executive offices.

“Welcome to Henderson, home of the Las Vegas Raiders,” Mayor Debra March said. “Those 55 acres will house the corporate headquarters, practice facilities, medical offices, marketing, and all the other services for the support and operations of the Las Vegas Raiders.”

The mayor says this move is a huge step in the right direction for west Henderson development.

“The Raider’s facility will be a key part of what promises to be one of the most exciting areas in the future of Henderson,” Mayor March said.

West Henderson isn’t the only area seeing growth. The city has major plans for revitalizing the Water Street District and improving education.

“Recently, my fellow council members and I voted to direct revenue from the city’s licensing of recreational marijuana establishments for the use in education,” Mayor March said.

Looking back on 2017, The mayor says she’s proud of major safety accomplishments like the new Emergency Operations Center, but most of all, she’s proud of how the city responded in the wake of 1 October.

“I’ve never been as proud as I was that day to see the selfless service demonstrated by the men and women of our police and fire departments as they rushed to the aid of those in need,” Mayor March said.

She took the time to honor the family of one victim that hit very close to home.

“We were devastated to learn that one of our wonderful public works and parks and recreation employees Quinton Robbins never came home. In a city where family means so much to us, we were heartbroken by his loss,” Mayor March said.

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Henderson Mayor Debra March kicked off her first State of the City with a bang. Pyrotechnics set to the tune of “Back in Black” and an appearance by the Raiderettes led into an approximately 40-minute speech that laid out a road map for economic growth and development in a city that is home to about 308,000 people and expected to grow to 390,000 over the next 20 years.

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BY: Denise Rosch

In a game changer for the City of Henderson, Mayor Debra March welcomed the NFL’s “Raiderettes” during her annual State of the City address.

When it comes to political speeches, this one had flare. March was joined by cheerleaders from the Las Vegas Raiders, giving an update on an important project for the city.

“On behalf of the entire city, welcome to Henderson, home of the Las Vegas Raiders,” said March.

The city plans on turning 55 acres of empty land near the Henderson Executive Airport into the home base for the NFL team.

“It will bring hundreds of jobs in construction and development along with other jobs that will be needed to support their operations,” said March.

Just last week, the city council approved a resolution to sell the land to the team for $6 million.

The plan: build a state-of-the-art practice facility and corporate headquarters.

It’s good news for business owners like Suki Behk.

“There’s number one Raiders fan over here,” said Behk.

Her Wings Restaurant is just a few miles down the road from the site and she’s happy to welcome the new neighbors.

“I think it’s good for us, the people living around here, and everyone in Las Vegas,” said Behk.

Along with the Raiders facility, March stressed improvements to Water Street, business growth, and new construction projects in West Henderson.

“We’ve been planning for this, for how we want to grow. We’re one of the safest communities in America,” said March.

But no question, the community is responding to the Raiders.

And back at Wings, Behk admits her favorite player of all time is Joe Montana with the 49ers, but she’ll be cheering the silver and black.

“I hope they will forgive me and come try our wings,” said Behk.

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BY: Sandy Lopez

Henderson Mayor Debra March touted the city’s growth and economic development during her first State of the City address Wednesday.

Speaking to a crowd of about 950 people at Green Valley Ranch Resort, March praised the city’s attributes and diverse economic opportunities.

“I am proud to tell you that I’ve found that the state of our city is very strong, and we have a very bright future, a future that is focused on strengthening what we have and then building on the incredible foundation that we’ve established,” March said.

March, who jumped from the City Council to mayor in June, focused on West Henderson, where the Raiders will build their headquarters for when the team moves to Las Vegas.

As pyrotechnics exploded, Raiders cheerleaders joined March on stage as loud applause emerged from the audience. Raiders President Marc Badain was in attendance as March welcomed the team to Henderson, “home of the Las Vegas Raiders.”

March even quipped that the city was changing its logo to silver and black shortly after an updated city logo appeared on screen with the Raiders’ pirate in the background.

“All kidding aside, we are thrilled to partner with a Raiders organization that is prepared to invest $75 million into the development of an absolutely world-class facility,” March said.

March also said development in Henderson West is expected to offer thousands of homes, more than a half-million square feet of retail space and offices, parks and open spaces, a theater and an entertainment complex.

“(This) will be a true gateway into our city,” March said.

March also honored Oct. 1 shooting victim Quinton Robbins, who worked for the city.

 

His parents, Joe and Tracy Robbins, were given a standing ovation.

“In a city where family means so much to us, we were heartbroken at his loss,” March said.

Making room to grow

Though the city has a population of 308,000, Henderson is expected to reach 390,000 over the next 20 years, according to March.

To accommodate population growth, Henderson Fire Station 83, on Burkholder Boulevard near Lake Mead Parkway, and Fire Station 98, on Coronado Center Drive, will expand. So, too, will the Union Village health care complex.

March added that this year will see the opening of Dignity Health Medical Pavilion and the groundbreaking for Henderson Hospital’s new freestanding emergency room.

“We are beginning a dynamic new phase in our city’s journey,” March said toward the end of her speech. “With old things becoming new, and new things becoming real, with Smart Cities and Complete Streets, and with partners like the Raiders, Henderson West and so many others, this could be one of the most exciting times we’ve ever seen in the history of our city.”

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