Las Vegas P3 commits to community involvement and improving early childhood education

By Berry Craig IV
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE was unveiled this week, creating a partnership between the city and private donors to identify, prioritize and fund projects to improve the quality of life for all city residents and provide support.

One initiative the P3 has established as a top priority includes developing the city’s homeless courtyard project.

The Mayor’s Fund infuses private dollars into the city’s efforts to address such issues. Modeled after similar initiatives in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and elsewhere, the fund will be directed by an 18-member steering committee and administered by the nonprofit Nevada Community Foundation.

Other areas the fund will address include providing internet connectivity for Las Vegas families through the program ConnectHome, improving early childhood education through the city’s Strong Start academies, and expanding summer learning academies. The LIFE in the title of the fund, by the way, stands for Livability, Innovation, Future and Education, the broad areas that will be covered.

Overall, the fund has collected nearly $500,000 in contributions and commitments.

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