News Release

Henderson Receives Multiple Awards From American Planning Association – Nevada Chapter

October 10, 2018

Henderson, NV. – The City of Henderson was recognized today for its outstanding work in planning by the Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association at their annual conference held today.
Councilwoman Gerri Schroder received the Distinguished Leadership Award in the Elected Official category in recognition of her wealth of planning and community development experience and advocacy from her years serving on the City of Henderson’s Planning Commission, Commemorative Beautification Commission and, for more than 10 years, as a member of Henderson’s City Council.

Councilwoman Schroder has stewarded sound planning principles and served as a strong advocate for Henderson’s eastside and redevelopment areas. She is a champion of Henderson Strong, the city’s recently adopted comprehensive plan, and supports implementation efforts citywide. Councilwoman Schroder has participated in numerous boards and committees over the years, demonstrating her commitment to building strong communities.

Henderson Strong received the Outstanding Plan Award for significantly advancing the art and science of planning. Henderson Strong communicates the vision, long-term goals and strategies that will guide the physical development and orderly management of growth of the City of Henderson over the next 20 years. Built on a strong foundation of research and community engagement, Henderson Strong directly addresses resident input, capitalizes on the city’s strengths, and addresses weaknesses to ensure it remains a premier community. The plan focuses on creating healthy, livable communities; a vibrant, resilient economy; active and complete transportation; focused growth and redevelopment; and a realized vision through implementation.

The Pittman Neighborhood Revitalization Plan received the Outstanding Implementation Award as a project that demonstrates a significant achievement in accomplishing positive change. The city received a $60,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Reinvestment Fund to create the Pittman Neighborhood Revitalization Plan in early 2016. The Pittman Plan focuses on residents’ health and well-being. The plan identifies goals and provides strategies for improvements in five principal action areas: Food and Health, Housing, Safety, Education and Workforce, and Transportation. In September 2017, Henderson Mayor and City Council accepted the Pittman Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.

Since plan completion, implementation efforts to-date include the addition of a school garden classroom at Edna Hinman Elementary School; a partnership with Touro University Nevada, School of Physician Assistant Studies, to bring the Mobile Healthcare Clinic to Pittman and Downtown Henderson once a month; a partnership with Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) to bring the Immunization Van to Pittman and Downtown Henderson once a month; the addition of a mobile farmer’s market targeting low-income neighborhoods in food deserts with grant funding from Dignity Health Community Grants; creation of the Hinman Elementary School’s Supper Club program to provide meals to students through Three Square Food Bank after school before they go home; and leveraging resources from Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI), and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for street improvements including enhanced sidewalk along Price Street, streetlights and ramps throughout the neighborhood.

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