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Goodman Touts Downtown Success in State of the City
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LAS VEGAS - Downtown is becoming more vibrant, and 2012 is the year for downtown. Those were the main themes of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman's first State of the City address.

The mayor also discussed other improvements such as an increase in medical tourism.

"For the first time, people are coming into our state and into our city for medical care, and they come here, and they stay," she said.

Mayor Goodman highlighted the new urban energy taking over downtown Las Vegas, including next year's move of 1,800 Zappos.com employees to the old city hall.

"My hope is that Las Vegas becomes the new Silicon Valley, and that it becomes an IT hub for the world," she said.

The mayor expects an $873 million dollar economic impact as a result of the move. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh attended the mayor's address.

"I would say we would want to create our own tech start-up scene, and it's already happening," he said. "We've actually had, just in the past few months, a number of tech start-up companies move from other states to downtown Las Vegas to be a part of this scene."

Mayor Goodman says the city is working to build a new arena and land a professional basketball team. Talks are in the works.

"I will say nothing more on this until the money's in the bank and the shovel's in the ground, but rest assured, I want an NBA team in our city as much as my husband did," she said.

Mayor Goodman and former Mayor Oscar Goodman met candidly with 8 News NOW after the speech.

"It was very long, and I know I should have probably condensed it, but I couldn't figure out what to leave out and what to put in," Mayor Goodman said. "There's so much energy and so much excitement."

"Of the thirteen (State of the City speeches) that I've been to, this is the best," Oscar Goodman said. "This is a woman who has an intellect. This is a woman who has brains, instead of a fellow who was half-loaded every time he gave the State of the City."

He says he advised his wife to "be sober".

Mayor Goodman also touted the new city hall, the Mob Museum, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts and a number of casino expansions downtown.

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