A measure applauded by Southern Nevada business leaders as a key to future interstate and international commerce is one step closer to passage after a joint committee of Congress inserted language officially designating a route between Phoenix and Las Vegas as Interstate 11.
This is a message from Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kristin McMillan regarding the Interstate 11 designation, its economic impact on Southern Nevada and the work of the Chamber in helping to insure its passage.
Starting this week, contractors no longer have to obtain multiple licenses to do business in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Clark County. The first phase of the multi-jurisdictional business license is now in effect, allowing contractors to obtain local licenses in one location - no traveling to each jurisdiction for separate busienss licenses. Applications and fees are now handled in one place and forwarded to the corresponding jurisdictions.
The usual suspects from the Las Vegas business community - banks, insurance companies and accounting firms - on Wednesday dotted the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Expo floor at World Market Center.
But one row of exhibition booths, marked with a street sign reading, "Innovation Avenue," hosted a new generation of chamber members: the startups putting Vegas tech on the map.
Watch out Silicon Valley: You have competition just next door.
The Nevada desert -- Las Vegas in particular -- is becoming a popular landing spot for tech firms large and small. Popular online shoe seller Zappos moved its headquarters and data center operator Switch Communications launched here.
Following in their footsteps are startups ranging from technology service providers to logistics companies that cater to retail, aerospace and defense companies.
The Governor's Office of Economic Development has designated 10 organizations from across the state, including a Southern Nevada group, as regional development authorities under Gov. Brian Sandoval's economic development plan.
As expected, the organization calling itself the Las Vegas Regional Economic Development Council — a collaboration between the Nevada Development Authority, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and several municipalities — was among the selections.
LAS VEGAS -- Sticker shock has small businesses, non-profits and churches at a boiling point after seeing their water bills double, even triple in some cases, thanks to a usage fee by the Southern Nevada Water Authority that went into effect this month.
A special hearing for the businesses was held today, and there were plenty of people in attendance. Many are just now opening up their May water bills and it's soaking in that they will have to somehow pay hundreds or thousands more for a month.
A water rate hike that disproportionately impacts businesses is also taking a heavy toll on church groups, Girl Scouts and battered women.
So said a host of angry water customers who confronted the Clark County Commission on Tuesday over the new infrastructure surcharge that began showing up on bills last month.
Representatives from the Shade Tree shelter for women and children, the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada and several valley churches spoke out against the new fee. They were joined by business owners, homeowner association managers and cash-strapped seniors.
With a busy and pivotal election season already in action, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce has announced endorsements for the primary election taking place on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. These candidates have been selected for their commitment to preserving and enhancing the pro-business environment that is vital to rebuilding our economy and creating jobs.