Henderson Mayor’s State of the City speech focuses on economy, public safety

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Henderson Mayor Debra March gave her yearly address on the state of the city Tuesday.  Much of her speech focused on the economy.

As the second largest city in the state, Henderson is growing at a rate of up to 800 people per month.

Linsey Belisle falls into that category, since moving to the city from across the valley.

“It’s a nice kind of community feel away from the hustle and bustle of, say, the Las Vegas Strip,” Belisle said.

Mayor March says that the city is carefully trying to bring some of that energy of the Strip to the city, but in a more managed way.

“We’re really looking at how we can bring quality growth, and we’re working with our community and our businesses to ensure we maintain the quality of life our residents have come to appreciate and know,” March said.

Henderson has attracted projects like the Raiders team headquarters and a Google data center.  Together, they’ll be good for about $100 million in tax revenue over the next two-plus decades.

The city also became the first to spend its allocation of marijuana administrative dollars from the state directly on students in Henderson schools.

“So if you’re going to buy, buy in Henderson,” March said.

During her speech, March also highlighted public safety.  Over the last year, Henderson has added 42 police officers and invested in intelligence gathering and preventative policing.  But, the number of homicides tripled from five in 2017 to 14 last year.

However, Mayor March is still confident the city’s new police chief, Letesha Watson, will maintain the city’s reputation as one of the safest in the country.

“She’s working very hard for our city, you know, there’s always challenges and opportunities to grow, and she’s working very hard to build a strong team and to meet the needs of our community,” March said.

Looking at stats, I feel safe in Henderson, and kind of the community feel helps; knowing your neighbors and being able to talk to them,” Belisle said.

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