Laughlin, Mesquite Economic Developers Meet Together

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At the lagoon are, left to right, Bob Bilbray, the strategic development advisor to the LEDC; Director Cheryl Crow; Pam Walker, the newest member of the Laughlin Township Advisory Board and a volunteer grant writer for LEDC; Director Terry Yurick; MRB Board Chair George Gault and MRB Director Ken Cook. The Laughlin corporation plans a reciprocal visit as soon as feasible. Contributed by LEDC/Jim Maniaci

At the lagoon are, left to right, Bob Bilbray, the strategic development advisor to the LEDC; Director Cheryl Crow; Pam Walker, the newest member of the Laughlin Township Advisory Board and a volunteer grant writer for LEDC; Director Terry Yurick; MRB Board Chair George Gault and MRB Director Ken Cook. The Laughlin corporation plans a reciprocal visit as soon as feasible. Contributed by LEDC/Jim Maniaci

LAUGHLIN — Representatives of the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) and Mesquite Regional Business, Inc., (MRB) met March 31 in Laughlin, with a reciprocal visit by LEDC to Mesquite planned in the future.

MRB is a local economic development company that serves Mesquite, Overton, Logandale and Moapa. While Mesquite is an incorporated city, the other communities, including Laughlin, are unincorporated townships.

LEDC board members Terry Yurick, Cheryl Crow, Jeff Mercier, David Floodman, Board Secretary Jim Maniaci, Strategic Development Advisor Bob Bilbray, and Grants Coordinator Pam Walker attended the meeting with MRB Board Chair George Gault and board member Ken Cook.

Yurick and Gault participate in the Economic Developers Advisory Group of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. The LVGEA is one of the 10 regional development authorities in Nevada established by Governor Brian Sandoval; it covers all of Clark County. Laughlin and Mesquite are the two leading rural communities represented in the LVGEA.

In earlier discussions, Yurick and Gault found common issues and problems in rural economic development and thus felt that sharing information about their respective program’s organization, goals, challenges and opportunities would be beneficial.

“When Terry extended an invitation to MRB for us to visit Laughlin, we were pleased to accept,” said Gault. He added, “it is always valuable to see how another program is organized and how they respond to local challenges. We learned a lot.”

After the meeting, the LEDC provided a community tour for Gault and Cook to see some of the local assets and challenges. They included the Laughlin Lagoon Marina, a residential area in Upper Laughlin, and the “L9K” property consisting of 9,000 acres extending north from the California border that is held in trust by Clark County for future development in Laughlin.

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