LEDC and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development meet

LEDC and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development meet

Martin Knauss, President, LEDC, and Robert Bilbray, Strategic Development Advisor, LEDC, met with Executive Director Michael Brown, Deputy Director Kristopher Sanchez, and Director of Business Development Melanie Sheldon on January 24, 2020. Joining the discussion was State Senator Joe Hardy, State Assemblyman Glen Leavitt, and Jared Smith, LVGEA. 

Discussed during the meeting was the status of economic development in Laughlin including paths forward to bring small business, light industrial, and commercial entities to Laughlin. Focus was on the Fort Mohave Development Law and its past use, former and current Special Improvement Districts and their success, the Mohave Generating Station land, and the Southland properties including the solar energy area. 

Mr. Brown shared state-wide economic development trends and drilled down on what items that GOED could assist with in Laughlin. 

A commitment was made for Mr. Brown and team to visit Laughlin in the near future and further the discussions with the LEDC.  

Press Release

Learn about property tax exemptions, caps, at Leadership Forum on March 26

For Immediate Use: 

Contact or 505-879-3142.


LAUGHLIN – Assessor Briana Johnson will explain the latest current figures of Clark County’s property tax system – including caps on increases -- as it affects Laughlin businesses and residences during an upcoming Laughlin Leadership Forum sponsored by the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation.

This will include the 3% and 8% caps imposed by the Legislature. It also will include exemptions for surviving spouses, veterans (including disabled veterans), and blind persons.

Her PowerPoint program will show the county-wide and local Laughlin figures for property and improvements in both the residential category and the Casino Drive resorts, plus overall county-wide numbers. The charts and graphs will go back to the 2005-2006 fiscal year.

The public is invited to the free presentation at 5 P.M. (PST) on Thursday, March 26, at the Spirit Mountain Activity Center in Mountain View Park on the Needles Highway in Upper Laughlin.

“Our vision statement is to be the most technologically advanced, user-friendly, Assessor’s Office in the country,” Johnson said on the Clark County website page for her elected office (

She will cover all the duties of the elected office – “What the assessor does, and doesn’t do,” she said.

Johnson was elected on November 6, 2018. Prior to that she was the chief assistant to Michele Shafe. Johnson has served the public for more than 20 years in the Assessor's Office. She started in 1995 and held various positions in the Appraisal Division, including Manager of Property Appraisal, prior to being promoted to Assistant Director of Assessment Services in 2016.

She is a Clark County native who graduated from high school in the Vegas Valley and earned her degree at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. 



Press Release from the LEDC

BCC awards Casino Drive SID design contract

 Use immediately/Contact Martin Knauss 725-867-8190 

LAS VEGAS – Clark County Commissioners on August 20 unanimously approved about $2 million for design of street, water, and sewer through a special improvement district for West Casino Drive in Laughlin. 

“The large-diameter water and sewer pipes finally will complete the missing link of the utilities in southern Laughlin,” said Martin Knauss, president of the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation which has supported the effort. 

“This will open up lots of commercial land for development along a stretch of Casino Drive that is twice as long as the famed Laughlin Strip Corridor. And it certainly will improve access for Laughlin’s main route for visitors from southern California,” Knauss added. 

The vote of 5-0, with Commissioner Michael Naft not present, to award the contract to CG Wallace was part of the consent agenda which will result in bonds being paid back by 29 property owners to widen and straighten 3.9 miles of South and West Casino Drive to 4 through lanes (from 2 lanes, and increase the speed limit from 35 MPH to 45 MPH) from Needles Highway in Upper Laughlin to Harrah’s Resort in Downtown Laughlin, and about half that length for water and sewer trunk lines for 19 properties that now lack the wet utilities. 

Originally $2.3 million was earmarked for the engineers to design the 3 parts of the project. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) allocated $1.5 million for the street portion that will include turn lanes, curbs, sidewalks, and streetlights. The Clark County Commission approved the Laughlin Town Advisory Board’s request to allocate $800,000 from the Fort Mohave Valley Development Fund (FMVDF) towards design costs for the water and sewer districts, whose boards of trustees are the commissioners. 

The $300,000 difference between the maximum allocation and the contract can be reallocated by the RTC Board, while all the unused water and sewer design money must be returned to the unique FMVDF which is limited to planning and construction of Laughlin infrastructure. Clark County is the community’s trustee for the 9,000 acres between developed Laughlin and the California border, only 13 miles from the BNSF Railroad’s main lines at Needles. 

In an adjacent project, the LEDC in 2012 initiated the idea of an aquatic-based SID to dredge the navigation channels of the Laughlin Lagoon, in which owners of 24 properties are paying back Clark County-issued bonds for SID 162-A. In turn, it is tied into the planned Laughlin River Park between the Lagoon and Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Park. The Lagoon and planned 40-acre Park are adjacent to the Casino Drive SID, and tie into the LEDC support of the Laughlin Town Advisory Board drive to get the Big Bend Water District (operated by the Las Vegas Valley Water District) and the Clark County Water Reclamation District to install backbone systems in the 14 square-mile Laughlin Southland that is immediately south of the Big Bend park and reaches to the California border. 

That would allow the BNSF Railroad to install a branch line to the Needles Highway in the Southland, only 13 miles from its main line in Needles.  

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County approves improvements in southern Laughlin

August 27, 2019

Laughlin Times  

Laughlin Casino Drive SID

Laughlin Casino Drive SID 


 Laughlin Solar Energy Generating and Storage Site --4,225 acres west of Needles Hwy within Laughlin's 9000 acre Fort Mohave Development Area extending to the Nevada/California state line. An "Option Agreement to Lease" at auction November 19th by 8 Minute Solar Energy, the largest private solar and storage developer in the United States.  

Additional project details and timeline will be provided in upcoming Laughlin Town Advisory Board presentations by representatives of 8 Minute Solar Energy. 8 Minute Solar Energy Generation and Storage 4225 acre site Laughlin, Nevada. 

View a video of the Site below or at this link.

Laughlin Solar Energy Generating and Storage Site

4225 acres west of Needles Hwy within the Fort Mohave Development Area

Comparative State by State power rates released by Nevada Energy

Comparative State by State power rates released by Nevada Energy

Thru July 2019, Nevada’s average retail price for Industrial customers was 8.7% lower than the Mountain states, 55.0% lower than California, and 15.1% lower than the U.S.

LVGEA Annual Awards Dinner

The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance Annual Awards Dinner was held on September 26, 2019.

Photo (L to R) - Lisa Hardin, Manager Nevada Made Marijuana; Cheryl Crow, Board of Directors LEDC, Owner Kruz N Kuts; Gina Mackey, LTAB Chair; Martin Knauss, President LEDC; Gail Anderson, Deputy Secretary for Southern Nevada, Office of the Secretary of State; Michael Naft, Clark County Commissioner District A; Melanie Sheldon, Director of Business Development, Governor’s Office of Economic Development; Robert Bilbray, Strategic Consultant, LEDC

Guests at the LEDC sponsored table included Gail Anderson, the Deputy Secretary for Southern Nevada for the Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and Melanie Sheldon, Director of Business Development, Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Invited guests Senator Joe Hardy and his wife Jill along with Dr. Brian Paulson, Laughlin Town Manager, were unable to attend.

 In attendance from the LEDC were Board members Gina Mackey, Cheryl Crowe, and Lisa Hardin along with Martin Knauss, President and Robert Bilbray, Strategic Development Advisor.

Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft stopped by the table for a group photo. LEDC wants to congratulate North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee being selected for the Chairman’s Award and Jeremy Arguero, Principal Analyst, Applied Analysis for the Leadership Award. 


"Renewable Energy Conference" Laughlin, Nevada.


Recent tour of our Community renewable energy 4225 acres solar generating site within the 9000 acre Fort Mohave Development Area in South Laughlin, off Needles Hwy set for lease bidding by the end of 2019. 

Pictured left to right are David Bobzien, Director, Governor's Office of Energy; Robert Bilbray, Strategic Development Advisor, Laughlin Economic Development Corporation; Brad Crowell, Director, Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; State Senator Joseph Hardy, Senate District 12; Amy Lahav, Nevada Energy Corp, Senior Project Manager, Renewable Energy and Smart Infrastructure   

Fort Mohave Development Area

Fort Mohave Development Area

Future for Laughlin! 

Overhead view south to the 9000 acre Fort Mohave Development Area (FMDA) in Laughlin, Nevada. 

Promoting Economic Development in Laughlin

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Learn More about the Fort Mohave Development Fund here.

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File Downloads

LEDC Laughlin Opportunity Map (tiff)


Fort Mohave Development Fund Map (pdf)


BLM Resources Management Plan


LEDC Comments on the BLM Plan

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.

 LEDC Comments on BLM Resources Management Plan Download 

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Partnerships & Memberships


LEDC Membership in Laughlin


Get Involved

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. 

Laughlin Lagoon River Park

The proposed Lauglin Lagoon River Park location

   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. 

View a video of the Site

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

Laughlin Lagoon Dredging Project Groundbreaking


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

Laughlin Lagoon Dredging Project

Laughlin Lagoon Dredging Project

Laughlin Lagoon

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.