27th annual State of the City highlights historic firsts, unprecedented momentum in economic growth and quality-of-life initiatives
City of North Las Vegas Mayor Pamela Goynes-Brown delivered the 2023 State of the City address on March 23 at Aliante Resort, showcasing some of the city’s historic firsts, its unprecedented momentum in economic development and initiatives focused on improving the quality of life for its residents.
City of North Las Vegas leadership has aspired to remove barriers to opportunity in the 18th most culturally diverse community in the nation, which prompted Mayor Goynes-Brown to highlight a few historic firsts during her address, including:
- Mayor Pamela Goynes-Brown, first African-American mayor in Nevada
- Councilman Isaac Barron, city’s first Hispanic council member
- Councilwoman Ruth Garcia-Anderson, city’s first Latina council member
- Chief of Police Jacqueline Gravatt, first Black woman to serve as a patrol officer in the North Las Vegas Police Department and city’s first Black female police chief
- City Attorney Micaela Moore, first Filipina city attorney in Nevada
Mayor Goynes-Brown pointed to the city’s financial health and unprecedented momentum in economic development, with two out of every three Southern Nevada companies incentivized by the state choosing to locate in North Las Vegas. The city’s attractiveness to new industries has resulted in:
- 63,533 new jobs, with an average hourly wage of $33.31
- $438 million dollars of capital investment
- $36 billion dollars in economic impact
- $5 billion healthcare campus planned for the city’s Job Creation Zone adjacent to the VA hospital
- Redevelopment of 19 acres in the Lake Mead/Las Vegas Boulevard corridor, the gateway to downtown North Las Vegas
The State of the City address also featured initiatives focused on improving the quality of life for the residents of North Las Vegas, ensuring opportunities for success, access to good schools, solid support systems, desirable amenities and safe neighborhoods. Among the quality-of-life initiatives highlighted were:
- Investment in new parks and revitalization of mature parks
- Programming to increase attendance and family engagement at public schools
- Cultivation of Restaurant Row, with 24 new dining options opening in the last three years
Additional highlights include:
- Increased housing stock and policies designed to keep homeownership attainable and affordable
- Opening the city’s third police station and breaking ground on its ninth fire station
- Increasing public safety through diverse, intentional police officer recruiting and robust community policing
- Modifying ambulance contracts to add capacity and reduce response times for residents
- Dedicated resource center for veterans
- Dolores Huerta Hispanic Resource Center, opening soon to provide job training, social and cultural programming and other services to the Spanish-speaking community
About The City of North Las Vegas
North Las Vegas stretches across the northern rim of the Las Vegas Valley and is home to more than 275,000 residents.
As a premier place to live, work and play, North Las Vegas leads the valley in new home development while maintaining a longstanding tradition of successful economic development in a business-friendly environment.
The City of North Las Vegas’ fast and faster approach has made the city a top destination in the country for development opportunities.
North Las Vegas is a hub for new job creation and economic diversification that attracts global brands, innovative industries, manufacturing, e-commerce, and logistics centers.