In consideration of all of the events experienced over the last couple of years, we believe that Nevadans have already begun to re-emerge stronger, hopeful and more informed than before.
We get tens of thousands of people moving here to enjoy our tax structure and culture. We have to ensure it doesn’t make it difficult for our existing residents to live and work here.
Education. The struggle is real, the challenges are complicated, and kids need all hands on deckand egos out the door.
I think one of the biggest challenges Nevada faces is with our education system. Schools are struggling to find quality teachers and enough of them to support the youth in our community. We, of course, want the best for our local youth and students, so I’m hopeful over the next few years they will be able to attract great teachers and see an improvement in our education system.
While we are seeing exponential growth throughout all of Las Vegas, I believe some of the biggest challenges facing Las Vegas are water, education and medicine.
No doubt coming from the hospitality industry and now working in hospitality technology, human resources are our biggest challenge — finding qualified people to fill open positions. COVID has been the catalyst for hospitality companies to really rethink their technology stacks and layer in solutions that will grow with them. At UrVenue, we are busier than ever and continue to look for promising candidates to fill our open positions.
There are many challenges facing Southern Nevada, especially in light of COVID. However, one of the bigger challenges is the shortage of health care professionals compared to the population, especially in the field of nursing.
My outlook on Southern Nevada’s biggest challenges includes housing costs and the recovery of our local job market. The lack of housing inventory and making sure our local housing supply keeps up with what the city needs to meet the demand from thousands of new and existing residents is a big challenge. The housing shortage creates a barrier for prospective homeowners, including many first-time buyers. Job recovery relies on consumer spending, but that improvement depends on the path of the coronavirus and how it affects the leisure and hospitality industry.
It goes without saying that we have a water shortage in Lake Mead, and if that cannot be solved soon that will be our valley’s biggest issue. Future development and the valley’s expansion are dependent on our elected officials finding a way to get our share of the water coming out of the Colorado River.
You don’t get economic diversity simply by recruiting businesses here. Most businesses need talent, and that talent comes from an educated workforce. That’s why I would offer that higher education should be an essential component of this region’s economic diversification strategy.