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Henderson officials outline plans for economic development

Henderson officials said they want to attract new businesses and residents and create jobs, rather than be a “bedroom community” of Las Vegas.

That was the vision pushed by city officials at Dec. 12’s March On event hosted by Henderson Mayor Debra March at Gibson Library.

Stephanie Garcia-Vause, the city’s director of community development and services, said 26,000 residents were surveyed recently as part of Henderson Strong, a plan for the city’s development.

Schools and education are residents’ top priority, Garcia-Vause said. Health and well-being are second, followed by parks and open space.

Through Henderson Strong, officials worked with the city’s Economic Development Department to clarify economic development priorities, Garcia-Vause said. Key sectors identified were advanced manufacturing and logistics; health care and life sciences; headquarters and global finance; technology; hospitality and tourism; and retail.

“These are the areas that we are focusing on … because we know that having opportunities for jobs is really important,” Garcia-Vause said. “We don’t want to be a bedroom community only; we want people to be able to work and live here.”

Read the full Las Las Vegas Review-Journal story here.

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