The Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Challenge is a prestigious international competition that will award $900,000 in prizes for the most innovative, creative & transformational economic development plans to help revitalize targeted areas within the city.
The SC2 Challenge is federally funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). It was awarded in 2012 to three U.S. cities: Las Vegas, Nevada; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Hartford, Connecticut.
The goal of the competition is to assist participating cities, including Las Vegas, in cultivating well-conceived, innovative ideas to revitalize four targeted areas within the community: Cashman Center, the Las Vegas Medical District, business parks, and existing Redevelopment projects.
Bill Arent is the Director of Economic & Urban Development Department for the the City of Las Vegas. The Office creates, coordinates and encourages new development and redevelopment in Las Vegas, with an emphasis on the downtown area. It strives to increase and diversify the city's economic base through business attraction, retention and expansion programs. He was promoted to this position in October 2009. Employed with the city since 1997, Arent has held numerous positions in housing development, economic development and redevelopment. He was the senior project manager for Symphony Park, and has negotiated development agreements for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Arent holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is certified as an economic development finance professional.