The last thing Nevada needs to do is sit around and complain over a statement that the White House has clearly said was taken out of context.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) March 13, 2009
If you haven't heard by now, last month, President Obama made a comment about corporations taking jets to Las Vegas on tax payers' dimes. While it was meant as a generalized comment (not attacking any one city), many have cried foul.
One Vegas figure, however, says that assists are better than fouls. Recently, Aaron Auxier wrote a hand-written letter to the president inviting him to a game of hoops in Las Vegas. "A game of hoops that will take place in an exclusive, secret location."
"I came up with the idea because it felt productive," says Auxier. "The last thing Nevada needs to do is sit around and complain over a statement that the White House has clearly said was taken out of context."
Auxier, known as 'Hollywood's Connection to Vegas' because of his celebrity and athlete contacts, as well as his career in Las Vegas luxury real estate, says that Vegas needs all the support it can get. He feels the city's current challenges are exaggerated, in part, because of its incredible past success.
"Just like the tabloids, it's human nature to kick sand in the faces of those who are well known and down on their luck," Auxier adds. "Sadly, for some journalists, the shock-and-awe headline of 'Las Vegas vs. President Obama' has proved too tempting."
Auxier's main fear is that the gossip-y media attention will draw away from the fact Nevada is a viable contender for a provision in the recent 'American Recovery and Reinvestment Act' that allows for up to $8 billion in spending for high-speed rail projects in the United States.
"Already, some politicians have incorrectly cited that the $8 billion is a gimme to Nevada, when clearly, it is not. Rather than helping us point out truth, one national news network interviewed us and focused more on starting a fight," he explains. "The so-called 'Sin Express' is one option, and right now our focus needs to be on showing Washington why a maglev train between Las Vegas, NV, and Anaheim, CA. could be productive."
And why would such a 'bullet train' be so important? Auxier says that Nevada has the potential to become one of the country's leaders when it comes to sustainable energy production. He credits the desert's ability to house solar and wind factories, "Something that could help reduce the United States' demand for foreign oil." He also points out projects such as MGM MIRAGE CityCenter, an almost $10 billion mega-resort built from the ground up with sustainable energy practices and materials.
"We want people to know that there is more to Las Vegas and Nevada than gaming," says Auxier. "If anything, current times have taught us that now is the time to embrace change. There are not many places in the Unites States that offer more opportunity than Nevada."
And that is one of the reasons why Aaron Auxier would like to 'hoop it up' with the man himself...
"To show the president the way WE do it."
Aaron Auxier, REALTOR®, ABR can be reached at 702-205-1818
Prudential Americana Group, REALTORS is an independently owned and operated member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.
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