Nevada is at a crossroads that will determine the success or failure of the next fifty years. Our public education institutions are in desperate need of improvement and our decades-old, patchwork tax structure is becoming increasingly unworkable and jeopardizing Nevada’s status as a leading place to do business. Our region is below capacity in industry sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing and information technology.
Drawing more than 41 million tourists to Las Vegas is yesterday’s news.
Now, the head of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has a new goal.
Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the organization that markets the city, told an audience at Preview 2015 on Friday that 45 million visitors will be the new benchmark and he expects to hit that “within the next few years.” If the goal is achieved, it would produce 37,000 new tourism industry jobs in Southern Nevada.
“The question,” Ralenkotter said, “is how do we get to 45 million visitors?”
Southern Nevada’s role in the global economy will be spotlighted Friday at Peview Las Vegas, a half-day business forecasting and networking event sponsored by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Nearly 2,000 employers and community leaders are expected to attend the chamber’s largest annual event. Doors open at 7 a.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus.
Tickets are $80 and can be purchased at the chamber office through Thursday and at the Thomas & Mack Center box office Friday morning.
Leaders with the Clark County School District are dealing with increasing pressure from the public about where their tax dollars are going.
This question stemmed because compared to schools around the nation, Southern Nevada schools seem to be underfunded and under-performing.
In an effort to restore the public's trust, the district asked leading ‘business pros' to step in and help trim the budget fat. The business pros will also help determine which school programs aren't working.
Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson on Monday promised to tackle tax reform early in the upcoming legislative session, saying he hopes to approve a plan in March that would raise new revenue for education.
Roberson, R-Las Vegas, said the state must raise more money even to fund essential services since the budget is running a deficit. And so any tax reform would also have to bring in higher revenue if lawmakers want to boost funding for K-12 schools and for higher education, including launching a medical school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Las Vegas – Today, the United States Senate passed legislation that contained provisions designating Tule Springs Fossil Beds as Nevada’s first national monument. The legislation will help expand eco-tourism, support education and promote economic development. Advocating in favor of this national monument designation has been a federal policy priority of the Metro Chamber for the past two years.
Metro Chamber leaders Bruce Spotleson, Chairman, and Hugh Anderson, Vice-Chair, Government Affairs, are issuing the following statement:
Many of you have asked for policies and legislative solutions that will provide for long-term stability and eliminate the habit of short-term fixes. Of utmost importance, tax stability and dependability are essential factors in attracting, operating and growing businesses and jobs. Employers are more confident when they can plan for the long-term.
The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce commissioned the Tax Foundation to prepare a review of the Nevada tax system and recommend possible improvements. Over the course of five months, the Tax Foundation met with stakeholders, including small business owners, local government officials, trade associations, industry representatives, state officials, and ordinary taxpayers.
Community leaders visited our nation’s capital last week to engage in conversations with elected officials and push for federal issues that will encourage growth in Southern Nevada’s economy.
The 2014 Chairman for the Metro Chamber, Bruce Spotleson, was among the leaders in Washington D.C. and went on-air to stress the importance of designating Tule Springs as a national monument. The House voted Thursday to declare Tule Springs as a government-protected national monument.