West Las Vegas residents will team up with certified planning professionals from across the country for a day-long workshop from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 27 at Nevada Partners, located at 710 W. Lake Mead Boulevard. The workshop is part of the American Planning Association’s 100th National Planning Conference that runs April 27-May 1, 2008, in Las Vegas.
Planning experts will pair with those who call West Las Vegas home, to share their collective expertise in revitalizing communities. The goal is to develop a unified vision and strategy that is agreeable to local stakeholders and preserves the history and culture of the community. Topics will include growth, land use, housing, culture, historic preservation and community services.
West Las Vegas is a 3.5 square-mile area centrally located in the city. Since the 1930’s, the area was commonly referred to as the “Westside” and home to a large African American population. The community has a rich history including the first integrated casino in Las Vegas, the Moulin Rouge. Legendary celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Lena Horne, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong spent time in Westside establishments.
Options abound for this centrally located community. Surrounding areas, including downtown Las Vegas, are experiencing tremendous growth, revitalization and multiple-billion dollar projects. Decisive planning and action can offer West Las Vegas residents and stakeholders a piece of the prosperity.
The West Las Vegas community stakeholders have already met twice to prepare for the one-day workshop and talk about the future of the community and how to advance on the opportunities that exist. Following the one-day workshop, community participants will have an opportunity to share what they learned with the broader community in order to involve more stakeholders to actualize the community’s vision.