NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- With a mix of straight talk and humor, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee laid out his vision for the city's future this morning at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Santa Fe Station.
It is a future, the new mayor says, that cannot move forward without tackling its troubled financial past.
“If we are in an emergency situation, we have to show the state what we're doing to get out of it. We need a plan,” Lee said. “I'm going through that budget to see where we are and how we can eliminate the stress on the region.”
Lee said he is working to assemble a commission -- possibly made up of people at the speech -- to do a thorough review, come up with recommendations and help create a financial blueprint.
Another major obstacle facing Lee is repairing the city's image. He says it's a city with untapped resources and real estate.
“Fifty-five percent of North Las Vegas is not even built out right now,” he said. “We have the ability to attract some of the largest thinkers in our valley now.”
He also points to partnerships with such places as Nellis Air Force Base.
Another goal for North Las Vegas, according to Lee, is to become the home of the drone industry.
Lee said he is also focusing on areas like the medical industry and opportunities the new VA hospital can bring to the city. He points to the land surrounding the hospital and business opportunities to explore untapped opportunities.
In this critical time for the city, Lee says it must re-gain a solid financial footing and tap into bright ideas with people looking to think big.
“We are a part of this big wonderful community and with the help of community leaders we're going to do great things in the valley for everybody here,” he said.