In Henderson, these continue to be key areas of focus. For example, several hundred residents recently joined us at an open house to share their ideas about the proposed reorganization of the Clark County School District into smaller precincts. To ensure the best interests of our community, city staff and I continue to work with the legislature’s AB 394 committees to provide recommendations and ensure our residents have a strong voice in the education of our children. In an effort to improve access to quality health care, Dignity has expanded its facilities at St. Rose—Siena and Henderson Hospital will soon open its doors at Union Village. And approval for a UNLV Medical School is great news for all Southern Nevadans. We are working diligently to ensure some of the school’s many resources will be located right here in Henderson. I’m pleased that companies continue to expand in and relocate to our community, thanks to our pro-business environment. After just one year in Henderson, Barclaycard has already announced plans for an expansion that will bring 150 new jobs to our community, and Barrick Gold is expanding its operations too. On the retail side, Chik-fil-A plans to open two new restaurants and Costco expects to open a new location too. Businesses appreciate the amenities we offer to customers and employees alike. With a park, trail or recreation amenity located within a half-mile of most Henderson homes, opportunities for wellness, fitness and recreation are virtually outside every front door. Robert (Bob) Murnane, P.E. City Manager A MESSAGE TO YOU 2 Also earlier this year, the National Softball Association recognized the city with its 2015 Outstanding Park Award for Arroyo Grande Sports Complex and Russell Road Recreation Complex. We were recognized for the exceptional quality and condition of our fields as well as the outstanding customer service that our staff provides. Combined, these facilities host 45 softball tournaments and an astounding 6,700+ league games annually. I applaud our Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department for keeping our parks and facilities safe, clean and green and for providing the highest possible level of customer service to leagues, teams and athletes of all ages. This spring, whether it is playing in a recreational sports league, enjoying a leisurely walk in the park or riding a bike on a favorite trail, I encourage you and your family to enjoy everything our premier community has to offer. Sincerely, Dear neighbors, On February 3, I had the pleasure of delivering the 2016 State of the City address to an enthusiastic audience. I always look forward to this annual event because it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on what we have accomplished, prepare for what is on the horizon, and discuss our vision for the future. When I think about what makes a community premier, quality of life immediately comes to mind. This includes access to affordable health care and quality educational opportunities, a safe and vibrant local economy and abundant opportunities for health and wellness. HENDERSONHAPPENINGS | Spring 2016 | April-May I’ve often said that it is good to be 50+ in Henderson, and now it’s official. We received the AARP Age-Friendly Community designation in February, the only community in Nevada to receive this recognition. An age-friendly community is designed to help create an environment that is accessible and encourages active and healthy aging for all people. Those enjoying the programs and services at Heritage Park Senior Facility, Downtown Senior Center, and at our recreation centers and pools know firsthand the high level of services and support the city provides. I’m proud of our community and of the quality of life we enjoy every day. For the thousands of men and women who live, learn, work and play here, living in Henderson happens by choice. People want to live here, raise their families here and operate their businesses here. Every person and every family has a story of how they chose and continue to choose Henderson as a place to call home. What is your story? I invite you to share your “My Henderson” story with us on the city’s Facebook or Twitter pages. Whether it is a recollection, photo or video, be sure to share it with us using the hashtag #MyHenderson. We would enjoy hearing from you. Sincerely, Andy Hafen Mayor Dear neighbors, In support of our ongoing sustainability efforts, the city recently received certification in the STAR (Sustainability Tool for Assessing & Ranking) Community Rating System, which recognizes municipalities for excellence in sustainability. Henderson is the 45th community in the nation to achieve certification and one of only 17 communities to earn the prestigious 4-STAR ranking. The year-long certification process enables communities to measure and baseline their sustainability performance against national standards. The process provided and continues to provide an opportunity for us to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses across seven areas: the built environment; climate and energy; economy and jobs; education, arts and community; health and safety; and natural systems. We received high marks in several areas, including for continued investment in our parks and for the hundreds of programs and events we offer at our parks, recreation centers and aquatic complexes. Our low violent crime rate, which is well below STAR’s national average, also contributed to our ranking as did our ongoing economic development efforts. Our health care, IT and tourism sectors have all experienced strong improvements in sales and in new business development, which is reflected in our growing local economy. The very essence of a sustainable community is forward progress and continued improvement. I appreciate our Community Development & Services Department team for taking the lead on this very rewarding project.
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