Henderson Historical Society Stories

Henderson Speaks: Desert to Green Valley

Desert to Green Valley – How Did It Happen? (03-15-2017)

Learn the history of Green Valley’s large-scale, master-planned community, including its role in Henderson’s population growth to 280,000 people in just four decades. Our speakers include:

Brian L. Greenspun – Brian Greenspun and the Greenspun family have played a major role in the growth and development of the Las Vegas Valley. Mr. Greenspun’s father, Hank Greenspun came to Las Vegas in 1946 and had a remarkable career. He was one of Southern Nevada’s top land developers and it was his imagination that led to the creation of Green Valley. Hank Greenspun’s son, Brian and the Greenspun family continued in their patriarch’s footsteps, seeing the Green Valley project to completion. The Henderson Historical Society is honored to have Brian Greenspun as a speaker in its upcoming presentation tracing the history of Green Valley.

Mark L. Fine — was President of America Nevada Corporation guiding the development of Green Valley for 17 years. During his tenure, Green Valley was rated one of the nation’s fastest growing communities. Mr. Fine was a builder who sought to create communities in which neighbors would take a sense of pride. To create this social environment in Green Valley, inspiration was drawn from the Shaker Heights neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, where Mr. Fine grew up. Open spaces, parks, public art, schools and libraries have always been priorities in his developments. Mr. Fine’s public art program, which featured outdoor sculpture throughout Green Valley, was embraced by the community and was rated “Best of the Best” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Robert E. Campbell – was Senior Vice President and General manager of the Green Valley development from 1981 to 1985. He brought with him a wealth of experience in public administration, having held prior positions in school administration and City Management. He was the Director of Transportation for the Columbia Missouri Public Schools as well as City Manager in Booneville and Excelsior Springs, Missouri and in Henderson, Nevada before his work guiding aspects of the Green Valley development. Mr. Campbell’s memories of the challenges involved in coordinating private and public interests in such a massive venture as the Green Valley project will add a great deal of interest to the presentation, “Desert to Green Valley”.

Brad Nelson – was COO Development/Senior Vice-President of America Nevada Corporation, 1984 to 1999 during which time he completed the master planning, entitlements, as well as development and sales of Green Valley, Green Valley Ranch and Seven Hills in Henderson, totaling over 15,000 residential units and 450 acres of commercial, office and industrial areas on 9,700 acres. Mr. Nelson has photos including aerials of the region that will remind us of how things have changed in our desert during these past thirty some years.

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