“We’ve achieved some great success, but
in the coming months and years we can
and will do more,” she said. The speech
also highlighted the creation of the city’s
first Women’s Community Leadership
Network as well as the success of her
monthly “March On” community meetings.
Mayor March also discussed
redevelopment efforts along Water Street,
including the expansion of the city’s
Complete Streets vision, the addition of
lighting, landscaping, and bike lanes, and
a new downtown “Purple Heart Park.”
Plans were announced to realign power
lines along Van Wagenen Street to
facilitate a new 400-home development,
along with a five-year plan to revitalize the
historic Pittman neighborhood.
Progress on Union Village was also
highlighted, including new projects
involving two hotels, an independent-
and assisted-living facility, a first-of-its-kind
memory care village, a long-term acutecare
hospital, and a new dialysis center.
Mayor March affirmed the city’s ongoing
commitment to public safety, introducing
the city’s new police and fire chiefs before
discussing the opening of Henderson’s
new Fire Station 91, the city’s new
Emergency Operations Center and plans
for expanding Fire Stations 83 and 98.
“I’m very proud of our Police and Fire
departments,” the Mayor said, noting that
both hold multiple national accreditations
and work together to help make
Henderson one of America’s safest cities.
She also recommitted to ensuring
the Police and Fire departments have
essential resources, saying,
The Mayor talked about the city’s
tremendous response to the tragedy of
October first, and took the opportunity to
recognize the family of Quinton Robbins,
a young man who worked for the city
who lost his life there.
The Mayor also recognized the families of
Josh Stevens and Bobby and Sandy Ellis,
whose names are, or will soon be,
on Henderson elementary schools.
“We’re proud to be the home …
of families who have dedicated their lives
to lifting our children and giving them the
resources they need to succeed,” she said.
The Mayor also announced the Mayor’s
Honor Roll, an initiative to recognize
excellence in Henderson schools.
She then discussed the importance
of supporting education, highlighting
the role of the Henderson Community
Education Advisory Board helping
promote student achievement, and
providing more than $1 million from
the city’s redevelopment agency to
The Mayor emphasized “moving the
needle” to improve education, particularly
to attract new and diverse economic
She noted the tremendous growth
in the city and touted the creation of
the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic
Development and the adoption of
the Economic Development Strategy
as part of the city’s Henderson Strong
The Mayor highlighted several businesses
that have relocated or expanded in the
city in the past year, including Roberts
Communications, Sunshine Minting,
Kaseya, Turano Bakery, and Pro Caps.
She also announced that work was
underway on the St. Rose Shopping
Center and the new Costco near
St. Rose Parkway.
In a highlight of the speech, fireworks
streamed as the Mayor welcomed Raiders
President Marc Badain and several
Raiderettes cheerleaders as she described
the city’s intent to sell land for a Raiders
practice facility and headquarters.
“We are thrilled,” the Mayor said, “to
partner with a Raiders organization that
is prepared to invest seventy-five million
dollars into the development of an
absolutely world-class facility.”
The Mayor added that the Raiders would
spur additional development and attract
additional exciting development to West
Henderson, such as the new 110-acre
Henderson West development with its
urban core, “The Block.”
“As a smart city, with complete streets,
a focus on education, a plan for our
future, and an exciting commitment
to economic development and
diversification, Henderson is primed
and ready to be one of the finest,
safest and most responsive cities in
America,” she said.
Mayor March concluded with,
“I’m excited to work with our families …
our businesses … and all of our partners
for success. And I’m excited for our city!
We are engaged and ready to take on
The event was livestreamed online and taped by Cox Communications.
Residents can watch the speech at cityofhenderson.com.
Mayor Debra March | State of the City Address | January 10, 2018
“We will continue our focus
on providing new facilities and
increasing our capacity
to staff and equip all of our
public safety departments to
keep our community safe.
I pledge to all of you today,
this is a priority for me and
for this Council.”