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As their numbers increase in Southern Nevada, Asian-American Pacific Islanders form commission

Posted at 11:59 PM, Oct 09, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Asian community is one of the fastest growing minorities in the country, and also here in Nevada. Now Clark County is working to make sure their voices are heard.

The Asian-American Pacific Islanders Community Commission held its very first meeting Wednesday night.

The 15-member group includes community leaders, students and business owners. All with a goal to identify the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander community and help solve those issues.

"We have veterans. We have folks who are affected by immigration. Folks who are affected by health care,” said Craig Valdez.

“And so, there are so many different needs of the Asian community, so we want to be able to identify them and build the bridges of resources for them."

The commission will also be looking to collect data showing just how much their community has grown here in the valley.

“I remember when I came here, there used to be not even 10% AAPI. Now it's at least 14%,” said commission chair Margie Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said the group is necessary to feed this growth.