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Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

Paul Moradkhan

What You Need to Know This Week in Government Affairs

Paul Moradkhan Chosen as Metro Chamber’s new Government Affairs Vice President

The Metro Chamber is pleased to announce Paul Moradkhan has been promoted to our new Vice President of Government Affairs. Paul brings extensive public policy know-how and experience, and he has a proven track record of effectively representing the Metro Chamber and its 5,000 members at every level of government. Paul will begin his new role on Monday, September 15.

Terrorism insurance set to expire for Strip properties

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Lauren Rozyla, Reporter

LAS VEGAS -- Federal dollars that insure Las Vegas in the event of a terrorist attack could soon run out. Both Nevada U.S. senators say they're working to renew federal terrorism insurance.

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act allows the federal government to help pay for any damage caused to businesses after a terrorist attack. It is set to expire Dec. 31, 2014.

Business Power Luncheon featuring U.S. Senator Dean Heller

Business Power Luncheon featuring U.S. Senator Dean Heller

U.S. Senator Dean Heller addressed Metro Chamber members on a myriad of issues impacting the local business community, including the funding of Interstate 11, the designation of Tule Springs National Monument and the reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Click here to watch Senator Heller’s remarks to the Metro Chamber.

Focus Las Vegas

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Sherri McKenzie, Focus Las Vegas Program Chair, CenturyLink

Are you new to town? Recently promoted? Do you need to better understand the Las Vegas community and how we became the city we are today? Are you looking for a way to volunteer/give back/pay it forward, or want to have an entry point into becoming more involved in our dynamic community?

Titus proposes to reroute some U.S. transportation funds to local groups

Written By:

Richard N. Velotta

Dina Titus press conference

A portion of federal transportation funding would be detoured to a grant program administered by representatives of local community organizations under legislation introduced by Rep. Dina Titus.

Titus, D-Nev., gave details of her Innovation in Surface Transportation Act in an announcement Monday at Regional Transportation Commission offices.

Heck says he’ll keep pushing for immigration reform

Written By:

Laura Myers

U.S. Congressman Joe Heck

U.S. Rep. Joe Heck said Tuesday he will continue to push for immigration reform, focusing on efforts to better secure the border and to protect from deportation young illegal immigrants raised in the United States.

President Barack Obama on Monday said he would take executive action on immigration because House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he didn’t plan to bring immigration bills to the House floor this year.

Business Power Luncheon: The Margin Tax

Margin Tax

Hear from four experts as they weigh in on how the proposed Margin Tax Initiative, appearing as Question 3 on the November ballot, will adversely impact businesses of all sizes in Nevada.

Observers: Proposed tax might sweeten education spending but leave state with fewer jobs

Written By:

Jennifer Robison

No on 3 Buttons

Passage of a new business margins tax in November might bring the state more money for education but it would leave graduates with fewer job opportunities, panelists at a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon said Wednesday.

A panel of four industry professionals talked about the tax at the Four Seasons. Their conclusions? A levy on gross revenue would confuse businesses and government agencies alike. It would also boost hiring by about a third at the state Department of Taxation, even as it encouraged the private sector to change how it hires to avoid it.

Local leaders believe economy depends on immigration reform

Written By:

Spencer Lubitz

The future of the Las Vegas economy depends on national immigration reform.

That's according to Sen. Harry Reid and some of the biggest entities in Southern Nevada who are now working together to get a bill passed immediately.

Speaking alongside Reid in support of the bill were the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and McCarran International Airport officials who said they will directly benefit from the funding included in the bill for the Tourism Promotion Act.

Sen. Reid, business leaders push to pass immigration reform

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Brian Brennan, Reporter

LAS VEGAS -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is calling for the House of Representatives to vote on an immigration reform bill, which he says will strengthening the U.S. southern border, wipe out a trillion dollars of debt, and modernize an antiquated immigration system.

The senator made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday. He was joined by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, the Latin Chamber of Commerce, the Urban Chamber of Commerce and other business and tourism leaders.

Celebrate National Small Business Week!

Written By:

Greta Beck-Seidman

National Small Business Week 2014

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two of every three new jobs in the United States. That's reason to celebrate! This week, across the country, we honor the 28 million small businesses in the United States and their innovation, ambition and hard work. Here are just a few of the ways you can engage in the festivities:

Congressional delegation to jump-start Interstate 11’s Nevada stretch

Written By:

Steve Tetreault

WASHINGTON – With the proposed Interstate 11 connecting Southern Nevada and Phoenix on a path to reality, Nevada leaders are setting their sights on the next stretch, north from Las Vegas.

Sens. Dean Heller and Harry Reid are looking to insert wording into an upcoming federal highway bill that would designate an Interstate 11 corridor through Northern Nevada. While studies still are ongoing and substantive work might be a decade or more out, favorable mention in the bill would effectively plant an early flag for a project that must compete for billions in federal dollars.