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Business Is Booming In Henderson, But Can The City Sustain Its Growth?


The Vegas Golden Knights announced recently their plan to purchase San Antonio's American Hockey League team and move them to Henderson.

The team will be the Knight's minor league team and they'll play at a new arena to be built in Green Valley, just east of The District shopping center. 

The announcement by the team is the just latest in a series of moves that has brought more companies and businesses to the city of Henderson.

The Las Vegas Raiders' corporate headquarters and their practice facility will be built in west Henderson near the executive airport. 

Scott Muelrath is the president and CEO of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce. 

He said adding professional sports to the mix of businesses in Henderson elevates everyone.

“It’s contagious enthusiasm. People like to be around it. There’s also a quality of life. You’re diversifying an entertainment opportunity,” he said.

Derek Armstrong is the director of Henderson's Office of Economic Development and Tourism.

He told KNPR's State of Nevada that not only do professional sports teams bring a lot to the city they are great partners to work with.

“It’s not just the businesses coming here it’s the impact that they’re having on the community,” he said

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For instance, the Vegas Golden Knights community ice skating rink on Water Street has brought a lot to the city that it didn't have before, he said.

Armstrong said it is a great time to be Henderson.

"The city is really transforming itself, and as businesses see that they’re able to be successful in Henderson, it creates more momentum,” he said.

He said the city is living up to its mission of creating a place where people can live, work and play. 

Armstrong credits the city's strategic plan for the growth seen across the city from Google on the east side to Haas Automation, which recently announced plans to build a machine tool plant, in the west.

With all the growth there are consequences. In Reno, for instance, the arrival of high tech companies has brought higher housing prices. 

Muelrath said Henderson doesn't have the same catching up to do that Reno is doing.

"It's the most thoughtfully planned city in the state of Nevada," he said, "Because of that, both currently and in decades past, it allows for strategic development, a strategic plan that's specific to west Henderson even, that is mapping out this development in a way that it is coming in phases. It's coming in a consistent even pace."

In addition, Armstrong said the jobs that are coming to the city are a broad array of jobs with a variety of pay levels. And, the city's strategic plan includes a full range of housing options for a variety of price points.



Scott Muelrath, president and CEO, Henderson Chamber of Commerce;  Derek Armstrong, director, Henderson’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism

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