North Las Vegas continues to recover from the depths of the recession is the message that was delivered by Mayor John Lee Tuesday in his annual State of the City address.
“We are no longer just a bedroom community to the Strip,” said North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee.
During his address, Lee listing his city’s accomplishments to more than 850 guests who were gathered in a ballroom at Texas Station Casino.
Chief among the wins was the city’s credit rating. It was once five steps below junk bond status, but now it has reached investment-grade.
That means it costs taxpayers less for the city to borrow money.
“It was only a short time ago that banks resisted investing money in North Las Vegas; boy, times have changed, Lee said!
Between schools, utilities, and other state and local government agencies, North Las Vegas saw more than $800 million in infrastructure investments in 2018.
Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Goynes-Brown says that will support the anticipated growth within the city limits, which is still only 50 percent developed.
“If you look around our city, the evidence is there,” she said. “Lots of new projects; residential, commercial, lots of roadway projects, so we’re on an upward trajectory. We’re looking good.”
Most major homebuilders have projects planned or underway: A new medical services and research district near the VA hospital and industrial development along I-15, including the North Beltway Industrial Park where a new Amazon facility is nearly complete.
But that growth comes with challenges because North Las Vegas has seen a spike in violent crime. Lee says he’s confident in the police department’s newly-appointed chief who he says has been reorganizing to get more officers on the streets.
“I rest well at night knowing our city is in the capable hands with our new Police Chief Pamela Ojeda,” Lee said.
Lee says the city will continue to hire more police officers as the city and its tax base grows.
Speaking of growth, Lee announced that just a day ago, North Las Vegas hit 252,000 residents. That bumps it ahead of Reno to become Nevada’s third largest city behind Las Vegas and Henderson.