"I’m pleased to announce that Southern Nevada will receive $9,904,700 million in funding. These projects will create jobs, support small businesses and work opportunities for people with disabilities, invest in STEM education opportunities for young women and minority communities, and rehabilitate streets, roads, and bike lanes in Las Vegas” said Congresswoman Titus.
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District, a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced securing $9,904,700 dollars for local funding projects on behalf of Southern Nevada.
“I’m pleased to announce that Southern Nevada will receive $9,904,700 million in funding. These projects will create jobs, support small businesses and work opportunities for people with disabilities, invest in STEM education opportunities for young women and minority communities, and rehabilitate streets, roads, and bike lanes in Las Vegas,” said Congresswoman Titus. “I am also proud that funding was included for the planning and development of a new Vegas Strong Resiliency Center to support victims of the October 1 shooting. I fought hard for each of these local projects and I’ll continue working to deliver for Southern Nevada.”
Congresswoman Titus requested funds for seven Community Funding Projects to be included in appropriations bills which will be considered in the coming weeks. All seven requests have been included.
Community Funding Project Requests
Congresswoman Titus received $9,904,700 funding through the appropriations process for the following projects to help Southern Nevadans:
$3,000,000 for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, located at 725 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104, for the planning and development of the new Vegas Strong Resiliency Center. This project will include design and construction of a new facility to expand the programs and services of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center supporting the victims of the 1 October shooting and other victims of crime. This project will support redevelopment of a commercial space located in the City of Las Vegas’s Redevelopment Zone 1.
$525,000 for Opportunity Village to support their network-wide 14(c) Transition Pilot Program. Opportunity Village is a local, not-for-profit organization supporting employment opportunities for nearly 2,000 individuals with intellectual and related disabilities. This pilot program will assist with the transition of these individuals from under the 14(c) program and provide them the structure and resources to gain and maintain employment opportunities.
$142,500 for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada for the Bike Share Expansion project. This project will add two additional bike stations to the current network in downtown Las Vegas and approximately 60 e-assist bikes to the fleet. The bike share program has been hugely popular, and use has increased to historic levels even during the pandemic. The e-assist bikes have nearly triple the use of the traditional bikes.
$437,200 for the City of Las Vegas for the Small Business Support Center. The Support Center will help existing businesses and entrepreneurs navigate business planning, financial planning, legal needs, and more. The funds will help provide technology, mentoring, and assistance with code enforcement and business regulations to remove barriers to success. The Center is part of the City of Las Vegas’s Historic Urban Neighborhood Design Redevelopment plan to revitalize the Westside neighborhood and surrounding areas.
$2,000,000 for the National Atomic Testing Museum in support of their Advancing STEM Education in Southern Nevada project. The funds will support new interactive exhibits and programming focused on students, especially women and minorities, to inspire them to enter STEM fields. The National Atomic Testing Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and welcomes visitors from across the Las Vegas Valley and around the world to educate about the past, present, and future of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Testing Programs and the National Security Programs being executed at the Nevada National Security Site.
$3,000,000 for the City of Las Vegas for the Historic Westside Complete Streets Project. This project includes rehabilitation of the pavement, new bicycle lanes, widened sidewalks, street trees, median island landscaping, enhanced, historical street lighting, and other pedestrian-focused upgrades. The project will focus on improvements on Washington Avenue, H Street, and Bonanza Drive in the historic Westside neighborhood of the City of Las Vegas. These improvements are part of the City of Las Vegas’s Historic Urban Neighborhood Design Redevelopment plan to revitalize the Westside neighborhood and surrounding areas.
$800,000 for Workforce Connections. This funding will support Workforce Connection’s workforce development efforts across Southern Nevada including its highly subscribed Layoff Aversion and Employ NV Business Hub programs. Workforce Connections is Southern Nevada’s Local Workforce Development Board covering Clark, Nye, Lincoln, and Esmerelda Counties. The Las Vegas Metro Area remains among the highest unemployment rates of any major metropolitan area due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.