June 27, 2012
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Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement on the opening of Terminal 3 (T3) at McCarran International Airport, one of the largest public works projects in recent Nevada history. Reid worked to include an exception for refinancing bonds in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that allowed McCarran Airport to take advantage of a tax exemption, allowing work at the airport to continue and saving as many as 2,000 jobs.
“In 2010, I placed language in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to make sure McCarran Airport had proper resources to manage the economic challenges of the time and complete its terminal. The project was a significant job-creator in Southern Nevada at a time when construction work was scarce in our state. More than 2,000 workers came together to construct the terminal in what was one of the largest public works projects in recent Nevada history.
“McCarran International Airport’s Terminal 3 is a state-of-the-art gateway for travelers from all over the world to experience the Silver State. From the Las Vegas Strip and Red Rock Canyon to the Hoover Dam, Southern Nevada has long been a premier tourist destination. I am pleased that our tourism and travel industry will be prepared to meet global demand in the future. T3 will give Southern Nevada the ability to welcome more domestic travelers and increase Nevada’s share of international tourists for years to come.
“T3 will improve Nevada’s connections to the rest of the world, and with more than 1,000 flights touching down each day from more than 100 cities, this expansion will help to secure our state’s long term economic recovery. Travel and tourism fuels Nevada’s economic engine, and this new terminal will increase McCarran Airport’s capacity to 53 million passengers each year. More visitors coming to Nevada to experience our world class attractions will boost Southern Nevada’s local economy, create jobs and expand Nevada’s middle class.
“The planning and development of McCarran’s T3 required years of hard work and collaboration. I am proud now to see the idea of T3 realized, and I have no doubt that it will pay dividends for Nevadans in the future.”