BBB.Vegas Magazine Publisher Neil Sackmary, recently sat down with Mayor Carolyn Goodman to discuss current issues and concerns facing the city. The Mayor is currently in year 9 of her tenure, and she continues to garner high approval ratings from both the public and from the industry. She has many causes which she fights for, and so we wanted to discuss a few that she has been intimately involved with.
NEVADA FILM TAX CREDIT
Many movies and shows depict the Las Vegas setting but are not actually filmed here. Other cities compete for film crews to visit, and they will set up fake sets that depict Las Vegas. They do this by offering a tax credit, which allows the production team to save money in the making of a film.
Mayor Goodman has been trying to fight for a Film Tax Credit for Nevada for many years to attract more productions into the city. Although there was some success in working with the state to establish this, at this time, there just isn’t enough money to go around to sustain it financially.
“We want to make sure that we know we are protecting the population as a whole, including the homeless person.”
This has been a major focus for both her and former Mayor Oscar Goodman. So many meetings have happened, and so many programs have been attempted but the city still has a growing homeless issue.
The biggest priority is the 15,000+ Clark County students that are identified as homeless. Many of their families became homeless during the 2008 mortgage crisis, and just never recovered.
The city has partnered with nonprofits and industry to tackle this problem head-on, and great progress is being made, along with a renewed energy to fix the problem and help those in need.
An addendum to this is also taking a harder stance on public blight and not allowing squatting to affect businesses and the livability of the city. The goal of the new law that she championed is to limit the flow of squatters into public areas of the city.
Mayor Goodman does not want Las Vegas to end up like other cities in the US, where street living becomes a sanitation risk and causes an undue burden on business owners, city-goers, and tourists.
ELON MUSK: THE BORING COMPANY
“What we’re all about here is moving people safely, expeditiously, comfortably.”
The city was recently approached by Elon Musk’s company – The Boring Company – with a unique proposal to dig an extensive underground tunnel under the city for the purpose of transportation. This is in addition to the smaller project currently underway to create a shorter loop under the Strip.
The goal has always been to connect the airport, the university, downtown using a mass transport system, and Elon’s proposal was a novel one. The Mayor’s office poured significant resources into looking into Elon Musk’s proposal.
Ultimately, the fact that the company had never completed a conceptual project before made the risk too high. Currently, the city is considering building/extending the Las Vegas Monorail using the previous vendor, a company named Doppelmayr.
“Now we’re at a point of just total revitalization and it is just so exciting.”
Downtown has been under revitalization for over 20 years. It was a major push for former Mayor Oscar Goodman to clean the area up, and a centerpiece for that was The Fremont East area. The Fremont Street experience now boasts the largest LED display in the world and is a far cry from the blighted, abandoned area it used to be.
Downtown is now home to a growing arts district, and many new developments are either underway or are planned. There are efforts to have the National Atomic Testing Museum to relocate downtown, and the area is now brimming with tourists almost every night of the week.
FUTURE OF LAS VEGAS
When asked about her vision of the city’s future, the mayor stated:
“I wouldn’t live anywhere else. It’s just the greatest every day because Las Vegas is always reinventing itself to be the place where you come and relax, have a good time. Great place for conventions, and it’s just exciting.”
Las Vegas continues to reinvent itself. We just had the new Area 15 entertainment & dining area open up, and we have new resorts and hotels under construction. A unique future-piece of the city will be the new Medical District that is now being formed. Healthcare is the future, and we have many visitors that fly here for medical care.
There are efforts to extend the monorail from the airport into the Medical District, and the entire area will be undergoing a growth and organization process to establish it as a world-class medical district.
Mayor Goodman also believes that a huge part of our future will be in transportation. The Downtown area is already experimenting with autonomous vehicles, and there are considerations to expand the Las Vegas Monorail to more parts of the city, and also to connect the future Medical District into the rail grid.
SPORTS IN LAS VEGAS
“We’re going to have a Major League Baseball Team here one day. We’re going to have everything we want”
There was a time when no professional team wanted to come to Las Vegas. Gambling and Gaming was seen as something that the professional leagues did not want to associate with.
Now, Gaming is more legitimized, and along with the Golden Knights, and the Raiders, Mayor Goodman also believes we will have a Major League Baseball team in Las Vegas in the coming years.
She has also spoken with NBA commissioner Adam Silver about relocating or starting a basketball team here to complement the Las Vegas Aces WNBA team we currently have.
ON HER LEGACY
“Every one of us is just a grain of sand,…when you get up in the morning and you look in the mirror….think to yourself: am I helping?”
Mayor Goodman does not care about her legacy in accordance with her accomplishments. She is happy to have happy kids with good hearts, 6 beautiful grandchildren, and a loving husband that all come together to form a strong family bond.
Her focus is on giving back to the Las Vegas community and doing her part every day to make a difference in the lives of every local.
We would like to thank the Mayor’s office for taking the time to accommodate our interview. Once again, the full interview can be viewed online on bbb.vegas, using the link at the top of the article.