How’s it coming along? Quite nicely, thank you. Or put another, more statistically precise way: More than halfway done.
That’s the milestone celebrated on Oct. 24, when the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) marked the completion of 53 percent of the construction on its 1.4-million-square foot expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Highlighted by a 600,000-square-foot West Hall, the new exhibit facility — targeted for completion in December 2020 — will claim the title of largest column-free venue in North America. Renovation of the existing 3.2-million-square-foot convention center will begin in the summer of 2021, with the entire $1.52-billion development expected to be finished in 2024.
More than $1 billion in economic impact will be pumped into Southern Nevada coffers thanks to a new agreement between the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to bring the latter’s yearly International Builders’ Show (IBS) to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) annually for 13 consecutive years.
“For us, this is a no-brainer,” says NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. “You have the greatest convention facility in the world, which you’re making even better, in the greatest convention city in the world. Why wouldn’t we want to come here permanently?”
Starting in 2027 and stretching through 2039, the new deal is expected to generate an estimated $1.26 billion for the region. The agreement extends the long association between the NAHB and Las Vegas, which has hosted the show 19 out of the past 43 years that the show has traveled around the country, already having brought more than $1 billion to the local economy.
Nevadans who want to commemorate the strength of the Las Vegas community, support the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center and remember the victims of the 1 October 2017 tragedy, can now purchase “Forever Strong” specialty license plates at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Created by the DMV in coordination with Clark County, the specialty tags feature the black-and-gold-heart logo designed by R&R Partners for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (which produces Las Vegas Newswire) on a gold gradient background. The word “Nevada” is centered at the top of the plate and “Forever Strong” is centered at the bottom.