I would have to say health care and education are two of the biggest challenges.
Like most people I love the green spaces and my home’s landscaping, but all of it is artificial and not sustainable. At some point, probably still a ways off, we will need to accept that we live in a desert and shouldn’t try to make it look like Florida.
I wonder that with the advent of major league sports to Las Vegas, we will no longer be that small-town big-city that we all love to live in. We now have the Las Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Aces, Las Vegas Aviators and the Oakland Raiders coming soon – I wonder what will be next?
Aside from economic stability, my focus is on drug use and prevention. New marijuana laws expand “legal” and illegal use and affect employers, families and individuals; as it remains a top-three addiction treated at my behavioral health agency.
I think the biggest challenge in Las Vegas in the next five years is the sheer amount of options available to the consumers. Venues and brands will have to continually evolve to make sure they are staying relevant to the millions of tourists coming to visit.
I believe with all the new professional sports teams that Vegas has and the new ones coming, will change the marketing direction of Las Vegas; and will give more Fortune 500 companies and big reason to expand to our city. This will compete with the casino market for tourist visitors in the coming years.
Ryan Linden is the CEO and executive director of Silver State Health, a nonprofit community health center. It recently acquired the formerly known Bilingual Behavioral Services (BBS) in order to expand its mental health and primary care services. The new center at 2255 Renaissance Drive, Suite A will hold an official grand opening on Thursday, May 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in partnership with the Latin Chamber of Commerce.
Every student deserves an education that can open the door to their dreams. The Las Vegas Valley needs to accept this challenge and use every resource available to accomplish the goal of an education that fits the needs of each student.
Growing up in the Las Vegas Valley, I attended public school and had an amazing experience. I hate to see how badly our system has deteriorated.
I am reading the biography of John Ledyard, an American adventurer and traveler who sailed with Captain Cook, traveled the breadth of Russia on assignment from Thomas Jefferson, and faced many hardships and challenges in the early years of our country.