I think one of Southern Nevada’s biggest challenges is its image. There is a tremendous opportunity in the area for talented people, startups and growing companies that I feel gets lost in the shadow of Las Vegas’ tourism and entertainment industry.
Education is very important to me and I’m a fan of public education where we are facing challenges. Every child in Southern Nevada deserve to have a quality education.
Nevada is currently enjoying a growing economy that is subsided by tax abatements of tax payer dollars. We need to diversify and attract businesses who see the value of doing business in Nevada, without being subsidied.
Our city was never designed as a dense, urban center. It was rural ranch land into which a transient industry (gaming/hospitality) was dropped. As we grow and evolve into a true metropolitan area with all the facets of a “real” city, educating people on the use of publicly programmed space and ensuring a more smooth transition as we go from horizontal living to a more vertical/dense experience will be crucial.
We need to work collectively, as a city, to improve education. They are our future yet we are ranked 49th in the nation.
I grew up here and there is so much more opportunity than meets the eye. Its reputation has gotten better in the past years but still has a ways to go. I think that Las Vegas will drastically change in the coming years due to the rapid growth in sports, new businesses and cannabis.
Dr. Mark Penn is the founding dean of College of Medicine for Roseman University of Health Sciences.
Education is always an area of opportunity for Southern Nevada. A great education system is fundamental for the challenges our community faces in the near future.
One big challenge is the lack of quality, skilled labor in Southern Nevada. With our fast-paced growth, a lot of employers are struggling to find qualified candidates to fill the many open positions that are required to manage and operate these large undertakings.