The Canyon Springs High School gymnasium is slated to host President Obama's speech. (Stefanie Jay/FOX5)
Air Force One sat on the tarmac as President Obama stayed in the Las Vegas-area overnight. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -
President Barack Obama addressed a crowd at the Canyon Springs High School gym Wednesday morning. Some who live in the area feel the Commander in Chief picked an obvious place to address the nation's troubled economy.
"I think everybody knows what our problems are here in North Las Vegas," said Moe Carroll, a business owner who lives across the street from Canyon Springs.
North Las Vegas was facing a $33 million budget hole but managed to beat the June 30 deadline to balance it. That was accomplished, in part, by closing the city jail, eliminating salary increases for law enforcement and reducing the operating hours of public services such as libraries.
"People will be happy to know that the city is paying its bills," said North Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Goynes-Brown.
Goynes-Brown held a community meeting Tuesday night during which she reassured her ward the city has a five-year plan to grow its economy. She also said there are things the president could do to help.
"He can't fix all of our problems, but he certainly can help and he can listen to our problems and take those back to Washington to see what he can do on a federal level which does trickle down to a state level," Goynes-Brown said.
Many residents FOX5 spoke with Tuesday expressed concern that Obama hasn't done enough to stop foreclosures.
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