The October 1 Memorial Committee will hold two information sessions on the project process

Clark County will host two information sessions — one on Thursday, July 7, at 10 a.m. and the other on Monday July 11, at 4 p.m. – to answer questions about the October 1 memorial project and the methods of public involvement.

Both sessions allow for virtual or in-person participation at the Clark County Government Center located at 500 South Grand Central Parkway near Charleston Boulevard and Interstate 15. Sessions will be held in the Commission’s rooms on the first floor of the building. Interested persons can register for the online sessions through the mobile web application at Virtual sessions of both meetings will be available live on Clark County Television (CCTV) Channel 4 on Cox Cable or Channel 14 via Suddenlink in Laughlin, online at or the committee’s Facebook page @1OctoberMemorial.

“The October 1 tragedy had a profound impact on our community, and when designing the memorial, we wanted to create a process that would seek public input to continue our healing journey,” said committee chair, Tennille Pereira. “I hope those who are interested in this process will attend the information sessions so they know how they can help contribute to our community memorial.”

The purpose of the memorial is to remember those who perished in the incident, to honor survivors, first responders and everyday heroes who inspired the nation through their bravery, and to celebrate resilience and compassion of our community. The memorial development process will occur in three phases over an 18-month period and culminate in the committee making a formal recommendation for a project to the Clark County Commission in 2023.

The first phase of the process has begun and calls for three avenues of participation:

  • Call for Creative Expression: to allow members of the public and artists and designers not part of a professional design team to submit ideas for a commemorative project or express interest in participating in an RFQ design team selected. Tender finalists will be required to review all submissions received through the Creative Expressions channel to inform the design concepts they present to the public during the third phase of the process in late spring 2023. If entrants grant their permission, submissions will be available for viewing. in an online gallery.

  • Request for Qualifications (RFQ): From professional artists and design teams, including a licensed Nevada architect, interested in submitting a proposed concept for a memorial. Up to five RFQ teams will be selected to participate in the second phase of the memorial development process, which will include meetings with stakeholder focus groups, review of creative expression submissions, and creation of templates to present their design concepts.

  • Call for RFQ Assessors: To serve on a panel this fall to assess Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) from professional design teams interested in participating in the process. Seven evaluators will be selected, as well as seven alternates. The composition of the panel will consist of a family member of a victim, a shooting survivor, a first responder, a representative from the Clark County Department of Property Management and experts in architecture, engineering, art history or similar disciplines. Applicants not selected to serve as evaluators may be invited to participate in stakeholder focus groups with up to five award application finalists chosen to design a commemorative concept and model in the second phase of the process.

Additional information about the October 1 Memorial process, including how to register to participate in one of the three tracks, can be found at

Members of the October 1 Memorial Committee include committee chair Tennille Pereira, director of the county’s Vegas Strong Resiliency Center; Karessa Royce, survivor of October 1, as vice president; Mynda Smith, sister of Neysa Tonks, victim of October 1; Kelly McMahill, retired deputy chief of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; architect Dr. Robert Fielden, who established the UNLV School of Architecture; Rebecca Holden, Public Art Project Manager for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs; and Harold Bradford, a local artist.


Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11e-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 8 of the natione– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

James C. Tibbs