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The chart above describes the Taxable values of each of the Laughlin Hotel/Resort complexes from FY2008 to FY2022. The chart also indicates the Taxable value of the entire non-Hotel sector within the Township. The non-Hotel sector is not the Market values as there are exemptions tied to that sectors’ Taxable value. Hotel sector Market and Taxable are the same, since there are no exemptions.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Jennifer Schuricht
March 22, 2021 702-402-5241
PUCN Approves NV Energy’s Greenlink Nevada Transmission and Renewable Energy Initiative
Today the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) approved moving forward on NV Energy’s Greenlink Nevada transmission and renewable energy initiative.
Greenlink Nevada will transform Nevada’s clean energy landscape by tapping into resource-rich renewable energy zones throughout western and northern Nevada, helping accelerate the responsible development of clean energy on public lands; increase electric reliability for all Nevadans and drive the
creation of thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic recovery from the COVID19 pandemic.
“Today’s approval of the first phase of Greenlink Nevada puts our state one step closer to achieving its environmental and carbon reduction goals while aligning with Governor Steve Sisolak’s vision for a new sustainable energy economy that will assist with Nevada’s recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Doug Cannon, NV Energy President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to engaging with diverse state and federal stakeholders to construct this project in a timely and environmentally sustainable manner.”
NV Energy’s investment of more than $2.5 billion in Greenlink Nevada is expected to generate $690 million in economic activity and support nearly 4,000 jobs, including the utilization of skilled union labor. The initiative will also allow for the development of approximately 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy projects throughout Nevada that will contribute significant economic growth in the form of nearly 2,000 additional construction jobs and related tax revenue. The project will also provide the infrastructure needed to support the growth of new and expanding businesses in Nevada from west Henderson to Apex in North Las Vegas to Reno.
“NV Energy’s Greenlink Nevada initiative will unlock for all Nevadans the sustainability and economic benefits that come from providing essential transmission access to our State’s vast renewable energy resources and exemplifies the potential of my vision for Nevada’s new energy economy,” said Gov. Sisolak. “I applaud NV Energy for its forward thinking in presenting this project, and for its ongoing commitment to supporting Nevada’s long-term economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
With this decision, the company will begin preliminary design and permitting for both segments of Greenlink Nevada. Upon completion of this work, construction will start on Greenlink West, the first major segment of the project, which is a 525 kV line from Las Vegas, NV to Yerington, NV and two 345 kV lines from Yerington, NV into the Reno/Sparks area. Greenlink West has an estimated completion date of December 2026.
“I appreciate the work of the Commission to review this important project,” said Cannon. “I would also like to thank the broad and diverse group of key stakeholders, including local governments, environmental organizations, economic development groups, renewable energy developers, labor unions
and trade associations, who expressed support for Greenlink Nevada and acknowledged the tremendous economic and environmental benefits that Greenlink Nevada will bring to rural communities and the entire state.”
NV Energy provides a wide range of energy services to more than 1.5 million customers throughout Nevada and a typical tourist population of more than 54 million annually. NV Energy, Inc. is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, do
business as NV Energy. NV Energy is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Information about NV Energy is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via nvenergy.com.
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
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 Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) hosted its signature State of Economic Development event on February 9, 2021. For the first time this was held virtually.
This is your link to watch the event and get a full recap.
JIM MURREN AND JEREMY AGUERO DISCUSSED THE REGION’S RESPONSE, RECOVERY AND ECONOMY
More than 1,100 people registered to attend the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance’s (LVGEA) first-ever virtual Vegas Perspective, marking the 40th anniversary of the event. Perspective is the region’s premier source for community and economic development information, analysis and forecasting. Read the rest of the article here
** View Jeremy Aguero’s presentation here **
Laughlin Economic Development Corporation
P.O. Box 33702
Laughlin, Nevada 89028
April 20, 2020
The Honorable Elaine Chao
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Re: Needles Highway Project Segment 1B
Dear Secretary Chao:
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 2020) competitive grant program for the Needles Highway Project Segment 1B.
The project will request funds to completely remove and replace a 2.6- mile segment of Needles Highway within City limits. Desperately needed improvements include a stronger roadbed, road widening, new shoulders, protection from washing out, and biological protections. This section of road is dangerous because of its state of disrepair and deficient geometry including its single, narrow lanes each direction and minimal or missing shoulders. The project is necessary to return this important Tri-state regional connector to a state of good repair and thus improve economic competitiveness in both Nevada, Arizona, and California. Currently, the road’s condition has been cited by businesses as a primary reason they chose not to relocate or establish a new branch in the region. The road is even causing negative consequences to the quality of life of people in the region due to its state of disrepair and unreliability, which forces people to choose to avoid the area entirely or suffer the consequences of driving the road.
This segment of Needles Highway also has negative impacts on environmental sustainability. The unfavorable vertical geometry of the road means the road washes out in many storms not only closing the road but also polluting the area’s precious and sparse annual stormwater. Innovative improvements to the roadbed and cut off walls at low points of the road are needed to prevent the road from washing out, thus minimizing pollution or disruptions to the area’s overall hydrology.
We recognize the importance of this project in improving the safety and long-term condition of the Needles Highway because of its strategic connectivity for the city and the State of California. The reconstruction of the highway will guarantee a state-of-good repair for decades to come supporting the economic growth the area is experiencing and expecting over the next decade.
Laughlin, Nevada is directly north of Needles, California along the Colorado River. The Needles Highway is the major direct link to Laughlin with Interstate 40. Local residents and visitors use Needles Highway regularly and the safety and reliability of this road is very important to the economic development and well-being of Laughlin.
The Laughlin Economic Development Corporation advocates for the Laughlin, Nevada economic development and growth. Supporting the City of Needles in the repair of the Needles Highway is an important step in the economic development of this region.
The Laughlin residents and the many people whom travel to Laughlin are looking forward to the repair and improvement of the Needles Highway.
Martin Knauss - President
Laughlin Economic Development Corporation
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 a 2-21-20 Laughlin Nevada Times article contains additional details about the CBD grant and plans.
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.
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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