If all goes according to plan, North Las Vegas' Apex Industrial Park will finally have municipal water within the next two and a half years.
Located 20 minutes northeast of Las Vegas along Interstate 15, Apex has been without a water source since day one. Despite convenient access to the interstate, U.S. 93 and railroad, the city of North Las Vegas has had difficulties attracting businesses to set up shop in the 2,000-acre area. The primary reason, according to city Public Information Officer Delen Goldberg, has been the lack of running water to the site.
"This was a problem where [city] administrations have struggled," she explains. "So, they needed a business to justify bringing millions of dollars of water and infrastructure out to Apex, but there was no business that would locate there without the infrastructure."
Now, thanks to a public/private partnership with a landowner in the Apex area, water is on the way. Goldberg says construction on the water project is expected to begin within 60 days and last between two and two and a half years.
Once the project is complete and businesses ranging from manufacturing to technology to warehousing begin to move in, the city of North Las Vegas expects to see a boom in employment.
"Up to 20,000 direct jobs and 56,000 support jobs could be created when Apex is fully developed," says Goldberg.
Apex is the same area that Chinese electric car company Faraday Future was expected to build its manufacturing plant, but those plans have since fallen through.