Q: What are you reading? A: “Winning” by Jack Welch (for the third time). I have found this book to contain many valuable insights and strategies that I can relate to in my career — particularly the chapter on “Letting Go Iis Hard to Do.” I have got to learn to trust others more.
I love Las Vegas, but like any city we have challenges. I believe we need to address some of the health care issues we face as a city. We need more physicians and easier access for patients, especially for some of our pediatric oncology patients. The UNLV School of Medicine is a great start to facing this challenge.
The amount of potential population growth in the next five years will be our biggest challenge in Southern Nevada. How, we as a community, handle water, land, property taxes and mortgage lending for our new residents will impact our potential growth and development.
The biggest challenge facing the future of Las Vegas is the funding of education and mental health services. The increasing demand for these services, with the lack of appropriate funding, is a mounting crisis that threatens the future growth and vitality of this community.
Our biggest challenge is responding to the growth that has ensued and the demands it places on each of our systems, particularly the education, health care, mental health and workforce development systems.
I think the biggest challenge is going to be housing and homelessness. Right now, property values in most areas are increasing because of the demand.
Specific to Las Vegas, the biggest challenge I foresee is keeping Nevada’s business taxation policies how they are, and avoiding the destructive policies of California, which seem to be creeping their way into our state.
I don’t believe we have enough community infrastructure, or developing it as quickly, as our population’s growth. Our schools, hospitals and other community resources will be stretched thin and will be difficult to keep pace of a thriving community.
I think that we need to focus on what’s next and what the future Las Vegas will look like. We have so much to offer as a city and a community, in addition to being a thriving tourist and gaming destination.
Q: How do you decompress after a hard week? A: I have a standing date with my wife every Friday. I’ll meet Catherine at a restaurant where we’ll have dinner and drinks and discuss the week’s challenges and successes. Sometimes, we’ll stay at home on Friday night, and believe it or not, watch a Hallmark movie. I’m such a softy for her, and it is what she enjoys.