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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