The city of Las Vegas has been recognized as a world leader and the American City of the Year for its commitment to improving the quality of life for its residents through innovative leadership.
In London today at the World Leadership Awards, the city was named American City of the Year, and was recognized for its commitment to sustainability through its Alternative Fuel Program and the Centennial Hills Master Planned Campus.
The World Leadership Awards is a competition that celebrates the very best in modern city leadership. It is an international honor that recognizes the efforts of top cities that set a worldwide example of innovation, imagination and foresight in government.
"Las Vegas is now officially the American City of the year, the world class city,” said Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. “Not only are we recognized as the entertainment, restaurant and shopping capital of the world, we have reached a new level being honored for the way we take care of our environment and the way we provide leisure opportunities for our residents. We could not have achieved these prestigious honors were it not for the hard work and dedication of our city employees in serving our citizens and our community."
Las Vegas was the only American city to receive City of the Year honors, along with a representative from Africa, Europe and the Asian-Pacific Region.
The Centennial Hills Master Planned Campus beat out projects in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, and the city of Lima, Peru. The Alternative Fuel Program beat out entries in the city of Ahmedabad, India, and the city of Bremen, Germany.
More than 400 cities across the world were asked to submit projects in a wide range of activities spanning: Architecture & Civil Engineering, Communication, Culture and the Arts, Economy and/or Employment, Education and/or the Development of the Young, Health, Housing, Environment, Law and Order, Science and Technology, Leisure and Sport, Town Planning, Transport, Urban Renewal and Utilities.
“The city’s Centennial Hills Master Planned Campus is state-of-the-art and goes beyond traditional public recreation concepts,” said Ward 6 Councilman Steven D. Ross, who represents the area where the campus is located. “What we’ve been able to create is a special place with something for everyone, from active adults, to children with disabilities, to parents looking for something to do that the whole family can enjoy.”
The campus includes a fire station, 53-acre regional park, 98,385 square-foot multigenerational community center with active adult center component and indoor and outdoor aquatics facilities, a 46,000 square-foot library under construction and additional space for a future Metropolitan Police Department substation. The campus is surrounded by a middle school, residential neighborhoods including homes and apartments, and businesses. The facility is also operated with a unique public-private partnership between the city of Las Vegas and the YMCA.
The city’s Alternative Fuel Program is one of the first of its kind and has been recognized worldwide for its innovative approach to fleet services. In 1993 the city of Las Vegas became the fifth city in the nation to become a part of the Clean Cities Program, and is recognized as a leader in alternative fuels.
“The city of Las Vegas incorporates sustainability into everything it does and the Alternative Fuel Program is the perfect example of this,” said City Manager Doug Selby. “More than 90 percent of the city’s fleet of nearly 1,200 vehicles operates on cleaner alternative fuels, resulting in a better environment for today and tomorrow.”
In 2002 the world’s first hydrogen energy station was built and put into operation at the city’s Northwest Service Center. Las Vegas was also the first city in the world to test two state of the art FCX Honda hydrogen fuel cell cars in 2004. The city of Las Vegas has also partnered with Ford Motor Company to bring two state-of-the-art, hydrogen-fueled buses to southern Nevada to serve the public along downtown bus routes.