A Community Partnership
A Community Partnership
The Laughlin Economic Development Corporation is a 501(C)3 non-profit whose mission/vision is to attract -- and keep growing -- businesses, industries, and housing providers that Laughlin needs, and for which we know our existing residents and visitors can support, in our collaborative venture between civic and business leaders in Laughlin to promote the improvement of the health, welfare, and quality of life for our residents and visitors through steady, sustainable, economic growth as we add to our economic bases of retirement living and gambling-based tourism.
Our mission is to create and implement a collaborative venture among civic and business leaders in the town of Laughlin, to promote the health, welfare and quality of life for the residents of Laughlin through economic development.
The LEDC utilizes information on community assets, gathering facts both internally and externally, in our assessment process. We conduct surveys and business interviews, analyze tax records, and add decades of personal experiences in our assessment of projects that will promote development to improve the health, welfare, and quality of life for Laughlin residents and visitors.
Members of the LEDC have decades of consulting, business ownership, and operations/management experience in the town of Laughlin in southern Clark County. We utilize our experience and information gathered in the assessment process to understand community needs and the direction of our partners strategic investments. Thus we plan feasible goals in line with the mission/vision of LEDC and our partners, especially for businesses and industries not now available in Laughlin.
The LEDC can assist in getting your investment moving faster through utilizing our community network that spans well beyond the borders of the township. Our experienced members will make your development process fow efficiently with the lowest possible cost to your organization. At various stages, the process may require stakeholders from different financial institutions, other appropriate companies, government agencies and regulators.
Once the LEDC assesses and plans community opportunities, we oversee the implementation of the initiative or strategic investment with consulting, connecting you to funding sources, and/or communicating with relevant stakeholders including property owners, business management, county, state, and federal agencies, and most importantly Laughlin residents.
The Laughlin Economic Development Corporation would like to recognize the outgoing Laughlin Town Advisory Board members on the tremendous impact their terms have had on the future economic development success of the Laughlin Township.
During this last LTAB term, the dredging of the Laughlin Lagoon was completed. As well as the finalization of the SID to perform future maintenance on the Lagoon, entirely paid for by the landowners. The small financial contribution to the initial SID for the dredging by the Fort Mohave Development Act Fund was a huge success. It allowed for the dredging along the public lands, and has resulted in a significant increase in land values surrounding the Lagoon.
Another achievement was the initialization of the SID process for the W Casino Drive improvement. Installing water and sewer infrastructure, which will be entirely paid for by the landowners, with the roadway widening paid for by RTC, will be the economic development jewel for the Township for years to come. We encourage the incoming LTAB members to fully support the SID process and completion of this project in a timely manner. No other project in our Township will return the rewards this one will in the foreseeable future.
The outgoing LTAB members also recognized the threat of an Avi Kwa Ame Spirit Mountain National Monument and the extensive land grab that would consume nearly 240,000 acres of potential renewable energy area. The current solar field development to commence in the next year on the Laughlin Township Southland properties will be the first step with a potential expansion making the Laughlin Township a leader in renewable energy for the state of Nevada. We encourage the incoming LTAB members to stay engaged on the threat of the proposed National Monument and work to reduce its foot print to exclude the lands with renewable energy potential.
Additional successes are the passage of SB172 which created SID accountability and the return of nearly $4 million dollars to the community. Support for a gas tax carve out to provide equality to gasoline prices in Laughlin compared to Bullhead City, as well as support for the Brighter Nevada Student bill to help fund education by placing a fee on all renewable energy exported from Nevada. Lastly, we await the sale and development of the former Mohave Generating Site land.
In closing, the success of the first two elected Town Board’s is a guide for future Town Board members. Clearing the way for projects with appropriate legislation, communication with governmental entities, and focusing on the final product has resulted in all these successes.
Submitted December 3, 2020
by Martin Knauss
Laughlin Economic Development Corporation
Laughlin Times, December 4, 2020
The LEDC awarded two $1000 scholarships to LHS graduates in May. Alexis Rios and Ty Olden were the deserving awardees. We wish them well on their future endeavors.
The Laughlin Community Development Advisory Committee, led by members Robert Bilbray and Cheryl Crow, received good news that their effort to secure a Community Block Development Grant was successful (pending final approval). The grant of $4,670,399, through the Capital Improvement Plan Application process in Clark County, is for a multi-generational center at the Spirit Mountain Activity Center located at Mountain View Park in Laughlin.
Cheryl Crow is a Director of the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation, and Robert Bilbray is the Strategic Development Advisor for the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation.
An article in the Laughlin Nevada Times article contains additional details about the CBD grant and plans.
LEDC Announces Dr. Brian Paulson As New Government Affairs Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [October 2020]
CONTACT: Martin Knauss, President, email@example.com
LAUGHLIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCES GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DIRECTOR DR. BRIAN PAULSON TO SERVE AS INTERGOVERNMENTAL LIAISON OF NONPROFIT
LAUGHLIN, Nevada (October 2020) The Laughlin Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) announced Dr. Brian Paulson has been named government affairs director of the nonprofit devoted to promoting the economic health, welfare, and quality of life for the residents of
Laughlin through economic development.
Paulson, the former Laughlin Town Manager, has supported the efforts of the LEDC in the past few years to bring about greater economic vitality to Laughlin.
“All of us at the LEDC see an opportunity to have a greater influence on intergovernmental matters as they pertain to Laughlin economic development,” LEDC President Martin Knauss said. “We are excited to take this next step and retain Dr. Paulson’s wealth of experience and
insight in government for the betterment of Laughlin.”
Paulson’s hiring comes as the nonprofit is actively providing a platform for economic development for business and industry leaders looking to expand their operations to southern Clark County and the advantages the Laughlin community offers to prospecting business.
As governmental affairs director, Paulson will enhance these efforts by working as a liaison and consultant with local, state, and federal staff and representatives, including the offices of Senator Joe Hardy, Assemblyman Glen Leavitt, and other members of the 2021 state
legislature, the Governor’s Office on Economic Development, and the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. Additionally, Paulson will work closely with both the Henderson and Boulder City Chambers of Commerce along with Laughlin local organizations to promote mutual joint interests. He will monitor state and federal legislative actions in relation to Laughlin economic development and represent the LEDC in legislative and regulatory sessions.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to help build and strengthen a town and a valuable community asset, the LEDC, for the residents of Laughlin,” Paulson said, “and look forward to working with the community again and its many partners in both government and economic development in this new position.”
Paulson served as Laughlin town manager from June 2016 until his retirement from Clark County in August 2020 after 31 years of public service, including over 20 years as the County’s senior community development coordinator for the Community Development Block Grant
program. Paulson is a past president of the National Association for County Community and Economic Development and holds both masters and doctoral degrees in public administration from Iowa State University and the University of La Verne.
The LEDC is a Nevada-based nonprofit whose mission is to create and implement a collaborative venture among civic and business leaders in the town of Laughlin, to promote the health, welfare, and quality of life for the residents of Laughlin through economic development.
A community partnership for action, members provide networking, professional services, financial support initiatives, and community building through economic development in the town of Laughlin.
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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