LAUGHLIN — John Lee, who steered the City of North Las Vegas away from the edge of bankruptcy into Nevada’s latest success in attracting non-gambling industry, will tell Laughlinites how the Battle Born State’s 4th largest municipality accomplished the difficult task.
Laughlin residents are invited for free to hear Mayor Lee at a Leadership Speakers Forum of the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at the Richard Springston American Legion Post 60 meeting at 1510 Bruce Woodbury Drive, a half-mile downhill (east) of Needles Highway.
His first elected office, in 1996, was the beginning of 3 terms in the Nevada Assembly where he established his reputation as “a champion of bipartisanship for his commitment to common sense solutions to complex problems,” according to his city biography. Lee then was elected as a Senator, serving 2 terms – a total of 14 consecutive years as a State Legislator.
Lee then took a 3-year break before being elected Mayor of the city of more than 200,000 residents in April of 2013.
“His top priorities focus on attracting new businesses to the City…One of the Mayor’s most notable accomplishments was finding and recruiting Faraday Future to build a $1 billion electric car plant at the Apex industrial site in North Las Vegas,” the biography adds.
The City was selected after a nation-wide search. With an estimated $87 billion impact on the Vegas Valley’s economy, the plant is expected to employ 4,500 persons with area educational institutions lining up to provide the specialized training for the factory.
Commented LEDC President Jim Maniaci, “Mayor Lee’s experiences in overcoming obstacles should be of great value to us here in Laughlin. We also seek to attract businesses from the Vegas Valley to profitably serve our residents with stores we now lack, and to attract industries from southern California with Nevada’s favorable business, tax, and regulatory structure.”
Lee is an Eagle Scout; his first job was as a dishwasher. He later learned the plumbing trade and founded his own company. In 2007 he began and won a battle with stage 4 cancer, and celebrated with a 10-day, 165-mile hike of the Lake Tahoe rim.
He and wife Marilyn have been married for more than 40 years, have 7 children, and 25 grandchildren. They are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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