December 4, 2009 

I would like to invite all of you to some exciting events taking place this weekend.

The Cultural Corridor's annual December to Remember event, celebrating the holiday season with cultural diversity, will begin with a day-long festival of family activities, art, music, food and fun on Saturday, Dec. 5. I will help kick off the festivities at 10:30 a.m. at the Natural History Museum.

The Cultural Corridor, located on Las Vegas Boulevard between Bonanza Road and Washington Avenue, is a nonprofit coalition of seven institutions: Cashman Center, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Las Vegas Library, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, Neon Museum, Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park and Reed Whipple Cultural Center. December to Remember is the corridor's annual holiday celebration, a month-long program offering ongoing exhibits, performances, films, special events and hands-on activities that show how the diverse cultures of the world celebrate this special time of year.

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I would also like to invite you to enjoy the grand opening of a new business at Edmond Town Center, Amaya's Beauty Supply, tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m.

Edmond Town Center has also announced the lease for 6,000 square feet by Rainbow Apparel. As a leader in popular priced apparel, Rainbow USA Inc. is a national chain that specializes in junior, plus sizes, and children’s apparel. This new retailer will help bring in new jobs and stimulate the local economy.

I have been working diligently to attract new businesses to West Las Vegas and have been traveling around the United States speaking to various retailers about development opportunities in Ward 5. Through my relationship with Mr. Edmond and by assisting with following up on various development leads, this partnership with Rainbow Apparel was able to be forged. 

What this lease agreement means is that even in an economy that's not so bright, there is still an opportunity within the inner city for a company such as Rainbow Apparel to come in and employ individuals from the neighborhood so they're not only gainfully employed but to give them the chance to walk to work due to the store being right inside their community. It also gives the surrounding residents an opportunity to shop right inside of their neighborhood versus going outside of their neighborhood, which will generate new dollars right inside our community.