I love the sense of community that exists here that seems to be such a secret to the rest of the country. While I adore our bright, shimmering lights, it is the glow of lights on ball fields surrounded by families that makes me love our city. It’s the stories about kids raising money or shaving their heads to support a classmate facing a health crisis. It’s the friendships and the diversity of our backgrounds that make Las Vegas such an incredible place to live.
I like to watercolor and draw any chance I get. Creating art is like a meditation and it allows me to process things mentally while I am working. I try to get out in the community to draw every month with a local group that I started called Urban Sketchers Las Vegas and we sketch and watercolor in various spots around town.
As a business-minded person, I love to see the economic growth we are having with our new sport teams. I grew up with such devotion to sport teams — the Chicago Bulls, Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks and even the White Sox, yet with all this growth there is a real concern with water.
Public education is one of our biggest challenges; getting students to reach their highest potential, while making sure they have access to the resources and services they need to be successful. We’re making incredible progress, but it will be a long road.
Victor Fuchs is the president and managing member of Helix Electric, a Las Vegas electrical contractor.
Jim Heilmann is the general manager for AREA15, a local retail entertainment center that will open in 2020.
Lyft Nevada has announced Louisa Choi as general manager to oversee strategy and operations.
Giancarlo Bomparola is the Milan-raised executive chef and managing partner of Siena Italian Authentic Trattoria Deli.
The affordable housing crisis. It touches every aspect of the valley from homelessness, health and safety to workforce security and education. There is a huge shortage of affordable homes for our low-income population. RTSNV has been working diligently over the last 25 years to stem that tide by making critical repairs to homes owned by low-income seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. This allows them to age safely in place and not have to seek shelter elsewhere.
My biggest professional fear these days is that policymakers in Nevada will make expedient choices to increase controls over the housing industry, which will lower housing standards and affect housing industry jobs. Instead, the focus should be on increasing the housing supply, which will expand affordable housing options for residents, as well as increase housing-related jobs.