By Martin Knauss, President
Laughlin Economic Development Corporation
The Laughlin Economic Development Corporation supports the application of the City of Needles to the United States Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD 2019) competitive grant program for the Needles Highway Project Segment 1B.
The Needles Highway Project Segment 1B extends from Park Rd (connector to I40) north to Budweiser Rd. This encompasses the section of Needles Highway that is in most need of immediate repair and reconstruction.
The LEDC has sent a letter to The Honorable Elaine Chao, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of the City of Needles grant submittal.
The latest statistics about Laughlin are included in the 39th annual edition of Perspective. The 210-page volume was unveiled May 14, 2019 by the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, the State of Nevada’s regional economic development agency for Clark County, at a morning meeting attended by an estimated 680 persons. The Laughlin Economic Development Corporation is an LVGEA member. Read the entire Press Release.
The Laughlin Economic Development Corporation awarded $500 scholarships to Shyenne Batrin and Josh Furr, graduating seniors from Laughlin High School.
By Martin Knauss
Laughlin Economic Development Corporation
At the May 28, 2019 City Council meeting for the City of Needles, the LEDC gifted a wall map of the Tri – State area to the City. Attending from the LEDC was Martin Knauss, President, Jim Maniaci, Vice-President, Cheryl Crow, Board Member, and Robert Bilbray, Strategic Development Advisor. Also attending was Dr. Brian Paulson, Laughlin Town Manager.
Jeff Williams, Mayor of Needles, the City Council members, and Rick Daniels, City Manager, warmly accepted the gift and thanked the LEDC.
The LEDC supports the City of Needles in improving their infrastructure, especially Needles Highway. We hope to work together in the future on a potential Railroad Spur for the area to support commercial development that will provide jobs for the citizens of Needles and
Casino Drive Special Improvement District Community rollout at the Laughlin Town Board meeting on November 13, 2018.
Twenty- five years following the 1993 construction of Casino Drive from the Bridge to Harrah's Hotel, this four and a half mile stretch of Casino Drive southerly from Harrah's to Needles Highway was rolled out by Clark County Public works. The project will be designed to have full surface improvements including, curb, gutters, streetlights, emergency parking lane, bike lane, four lanes of vehicle traffic and two turn lanes with landscaped medians.
Additionally the project will contain both potable water and wastewater line extensions to open up four miles of Laughlin's river frontage for development. Subject to design criteria, the roadway is expected to have a traffic design speed of 55 MPH and a posted speed of 45 MPH. The project will be funded by special improvement districts paid for by the property owners as well as Clark County gas tax revenues. We are hopeful for construction to commence in 2019.
Future for Laughlin!
Overhead view south to the 9000 acre Fort Mohave Development Area (FMDA) in Laughlin, Nevada.
Promoting Economic Development in Laughlin
The Laughlin Economic Development Corporation released comments
for the Bureau of Land Management's Resources Management Plan.
Our goal jobs and economic development.
Click on the link below to see and download our comments.
Laughlin Community "River Park"!
An overhead view of the 40 acre "River Park" public recreational site encompassing the entire south end of the Laughlin Lagoon.
The recently completed Laughlin Lagoon dredging project formed the grade for the 15 acre parking lot and developing the 2000 LF of beach extending from the levee to the Marina and adjacent to our 150 acre Big Bend State Park. A Community meeting was held in Laughlin on November 7th to gather input from Laughlin residents about what they would like to see at the proposed park. Learn More
Laughlin Bay Lagoon Groundbreaking
Sept 4th, 2018
A Special Evening in the History of the Laughlin Community!
In appreciation of the decades long effort by US Senator Harry Reid and unending support by Clark Commissioner Steve Sisolak, Senator Joe Harty, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and 95 honored guests who collectively with 13 property owners, created this "public/private partnership" for the recreational and economic development future of the Laughlin Community.
This celebration to the finest team of project design, planning, permitting, financing and construction will now proceed to create for our Community a 175 acre still water bay which will be a legacy for each of us who have been honored to play a part will cherish for decades to come and which will impact the lives of thousands who follow our lead. Thank you all so very much for your professional and personal commitment to the existing and future residents of our Laughlin community. Watch Video of the Event
Formed in 1962 when the federal government channelized the Colorado River to improve water flows and virtually eliminate navigational barriers formed by ever-changing sandbars in the curves of the river -- thus the name Big Bend of the Colorado Nevada State (Recreational) Park south of the Lagoon -- the Lagoon's internal navigation channels in a 150-acre aquatic gem were last dredged in 1999, resulting in extensive silting.
In 2012 the LEDC launched a campaign to remove the silt and keep it cleaned out. State Sen. Joe Hardy, whose district includes Laughlin, got the Nevada Legislature to add waterfront projects to the Nevada Revised Statutes. Working with the Nevada Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Department's State Land Division and State Parks Division, along with many Clark County Departments, the LEDC during the administration of Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak whose district includes Laughlin,had the County form a pair of Special Improvement Districts in which the owners of lots fronting the Lagoon paid for bonds for most of the project that was expanded to include State lands turned over to the county for a public beach and (eventually) a park.The owners also will pay for the maintenance of the Lagoon through the second SID.
The LEDC, relying on Laughlin's historically high voter turnouts, hosts legislators whose districts include Laughlin, and top candidates for election to political offices that affect the community of more than 10,000 permanent residents, to speak to local citizens during Laughlin Leadership Forums. This is important because governments at all levels own almost 9 of every 10 square-miles in Nevada's 110,000-plus square-miles, about the same percentage as in Laughlin township which is the Battle Born State's southern-most town.
The LEDC is always looking for civic and business leaders to join us in our efforts of promoting economic development in Laughlin. If you are interested in getting involved please visit our Membership page for more information.
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