First Luncheon of 2018 – Economic Development Leaders in Las Vegas Valley Share Insights and More

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1st Luncheon of the Year is on Point

For the first luncheon of the new year Jim Slack, the new Director of Programs, got the CREW LV year headed in the right direction.

Natalie Wainwright, President of CREW Las Vegas kicked off the first meeting of the new year with a networking twist! Instead of just passing business cards around, she asked each member of each table to introduce ourselves to our table while our business cards circled. As always, CREW LV is all about networking and Natalie set the tone for 2018! Kudos to Natalie for staying on point and starting the year off on the right track.

So What is on the Horizon for the Las Vegas Valley?

The Las Vegas Valley is made up of 3 main municipalities. They are the city of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson. All three of these areas have their own challenges and exciting opportunities. CREW Las Vegas held its first luncheon as the Las Vegas Country Club this year to host this amazing panel of leaders. Of course we had a packed house of the “who is who” in Las Vegas commercial real estate and everybody was there to here what is on the horizon for our market. The panel was an impressive group of economic development leaders: Gina Gavan, Director of the Economic Development Division of the City of North Las Vegas, Shani J. Coleman, Redevelopment Manager City of Las Vegas, Barbra Coffee, Director of Economic Development and Tourism City of Henderson all moderated by Terrence Thornton, Vice President of Investment Services & Development Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. As the moderator, Terrence asked each panelist their take on 2017 and their forecast for 2018. Below is a high level overview from each city.

City of Henderson the focus in 2017 was  getting their share of the industrial pie. For 2018 Henderson is pumped up about the west Henderson area getting the Raiders 55 acre training facility. That is definitely something to be pumped about!

City of Las Vegas has been focused on their urban core and bringing more vibrancy to downtown with multifamily housing such as 300 units at Symphony Park and the development of the Las Vegas Medical District. The focus for 2018 is more residential in these areas.

City of North Las Vegas reported that 2017 has seen great growth in the beltway/speedway area. For 2018 the focus is on large industrial users and road improvements to help truck traffic as well as complete improvements to the sewer line system. A major goal for North Las Vegas is elevating the image of North Las Vegas and instilling a pride of ownership within its community. North Las Vegas is also focused on developing their urban core.


Bobbi J. Miracle spoke to the group briefly to give everyone a reminder that CALV is another organization everyone should support. CALV is the commercial real estate division of the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® (GLVAR) and is there to unite all commercial practitioners, whether you are a Realtor or not you can join CALV. CALV is a lobby for the voice of commercial real estate. The cost of membership is $200 per year and CALV puts on some great events throughout the year to bring the commercial industry together.

Danielle Basson purse winner
Leslie presents Danielle with beautiful purse!

Luncheon Tradition

We do a raffle at each luncheon and Leslie Becker did the officiating of this luncheon raffle tradition! This month’s winner of the beautiful and stylish bag was Danielle Basson of Simple Environmental Services Group, a guest of Stacy Blattner of Community Vision, Inc. Thanks so much Stacy for bringing a potential new CREW LV member to the luncheon! Now let’s hope Danielle decides to join our great chapter!

Next Luncheon

See you at the February luncheon, which is scheduled for February 8, 2018 at 11:30 am at the Las Vegas Country Club. Register here.