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March 4, 2015

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2020 Vision:

Nevadans can accept status quo, or we can learn, innovate, change

Reader poll

What do you think the future holds for Nevada when looking ahead to 2020?

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We can’t start 2010 soon enough. It’s the year, we’re told, when we can begin to pull ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin our recovery from a terrible few years that brought us to our knees.

Some among us are looking far beyond 2010. With the start of a new decade, it’s a good time to imagine what we might be, how we might look, in 10 years.

We asked two dozen community leaders to wonder aloud what the future holds. Their answers were provocative, irritating, thoughtful, hopeful.

They told us that water prices will go up, freeway congestion will worsen, casinos will suffer. The state will invest in education, new homes will be four stories tall and developed around urban villages, downtown’s Symphony Park will glimmer and a new urban office complex will rise around CityCenter.

The health care and alternative energy industries will eclipse gaming and tourism as most important to Nevada’s future, and with the opening of an interstate freeway between here and Phoenix and a high-speed rail system between here and Southern California, Las Vegas will claim a more vital role in the growth of the Southwest, if these various predictions come true.

That will depend largely on the collective will of the people to effect change.

Please indulge in 2020 Vision.

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