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 October 28, 2008
LVCVA Community Partnership Improves Convention Center Area Safety

 The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) have joined forces to increase their support of the community and the convention industry. The two organizations dedicated a new Convention Center Area Command (CCAC) on October 28, 2008.

"This facility is another example of the great benefits the visitor-paid room tax dollars provide to our residents," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the LVCVA. "This partnership once again shows the commitment that the LVCVA and our resort partners have to this community."

The Convention Center Area Command is located on the campus of the Las Vegas Convention Center and provides increased safety and security to the surrounding neighborhood and the tourism corridor.

"We are proud to provide the residents and tourists in this region with a new area command. We needed to make sure our city's core was not forgotten," Clark County Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie said. "In support of our Department vision to be the safest community in America, the CCAC's vision is to ensure we have the safest tourist corridor in the world."

The CCAC will begin operations on November 1 and service the area bounded by Sahara Avenue, I-15, Russell Road and Swenson Street. The facility will house one captain, four lieutenants, nine sergeants and 90 police officers. The Tourism Safety Unit will operate out of the new station in addition to car, bicycle, motorcycle and foot patrols.

The LVCVA partnered with Metro by providing the land and building the 26,000-square-foot facility as a part of the organization's Enhancement Program for the convention center. The LVCVA funded the construction of the $17 million facility and is leasing it to Metro on a long-term basis.

The LVCVA's $890 million Enhancement Program will provide an overall facelift to the Las Vegas Convention Center, including a building-wide renovation and upgrade to critical infrastructure; adding a new meeting room concourse to the South Hall; adding a new grand concourse along Paradise Road that will connect all three halls and provide an unmistakable visual entrance to the facility. In addition to the new Metro facility, the LVCVA has also partnered with the Clark County Fire Department to construct a new fire station on campus as well. The new fire station is expected to open in fall 2009.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With approximately 137,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and 9.7 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.