NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - President Obama delivered a campaign speech at Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas today, discussing education and jobs in the struggling city.
The city nearly filed for bankruptcy because of budget issues and dealt with the closure of a solar plant that put many people in the unemployment line.
The opening of the Amonix plant last year coincided with the president's push to grow the country's clean energy resources. The company received millions in federal tax credits and grants. The hope was the solar plant would create hundreds of clean energy jobs in North Las Vegas.
Nearly a year later, the plant shut down. The solar manufacturing company blamed intense global competition, pricing and lack of demand for solar products in the southwestern part of the country.
North Las Vegas City Manager Tim Hacker says he is looking to the future. He says he's looking forward to what the president is going to say.
"We do believe that having President Obama visit is going to put the focus on our particular issues and show that the creation of new jobs - basically finding new ways to get venture capital into the hands of the businesses that so desperately want to expand and want to add jobs - is really what we're interested in hearing," he said.
North Las Vegas has also been hit by the housing crisis. Canyon Springs High School sits near one of the worst areas in the country for foreclosures.
The president's opponent, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, also has his eyes on North Las Vegas. Romney held a rally there earlier this month.
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