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Tule Springs Fossil Beds bill clears House

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Steve Tetreault

The House voted Thursday to declare prized prehistoric fossil beds in the Las Vegas Valley as a government-protected national monument, part of a bill that combined defense programs with parks and public lands.

Lawmakers voted 300-119 for a $585 billion bill authorizing Department of Defense activities for 2015.

But a deal engineered late in the post-election lame-duck session added 93 natural resource and energy initiatives to the must-pass bill. Projects were scattered among the states; Nevada got eight.

Negotiators: Land deal was swift and substantial

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In his office off the Senate floor on Wednesday, Sen. Harry Reid briefed visitors from the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce on a public lands deal that solidified in a matter of days and contained a number of features prized back in Nevada.

Chamber members had flown into the capital late Tuesday to lobby for several of the components but by the time their planes landed around midnight, the deal had been done.

“I’ve done quite a bit of these,” the Democratic leader told the group.

Las Vegas leaders pushing for projects in nation's capitol

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Sandra Gonzalez

Some Las Vegas leaders are in our nation's capitol pushing for projects to grow our economy.

Terrorism insurance is required for insurance claims related to acts of terrorism.

Las Vegas Metro Chamber leaders are urging the extension of the soon-to-expire Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, or TRIA. In Southern Nevada large projects such as construction of casinos, hotel development, sports facilities and shopping malls are required to have terrorism risk insurance.

Reid Meets With Las Vegas Metro Chamber Of Commerce to Discuss Southern Nevada’s Economy

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid met today with members of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce to discuss increasing economic development and creating jobs in Southern Nevada. Among the issues discussed is the recent negotiated lands package, contained in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was introduced Tuesday evening. Many important pieces of legislation for Nevada, such as the Tule Springs designation, were included. These have been priorities for the Metro Chamber and Senator Reid.

New Chamber chief sets sights on taxes, education, medical school

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The new leader of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce has big goals.

At his Tuesday installation luncheon at Aria, chamber Chairman Bob Brown detailed plans to involve the 5,000-member trade group in big issues sure to be on the 2015 Legislature’s agenda, including the state’s tax base, education reform and the startup of a medical school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Metro Chamber will Host Open Enrollment Week to Help Nevadans Sign Up for Health Insurance

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Chamber Health Options

Have questions about open enrollment or your choices when it comes to health insurance? You The Metro Chamber and Chamber Insurance & Benefits are here to help. Join us for Open Enrollment Week, December 1 - 5, at the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce offices, located at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Nevada’s patchwork tax system may be headed for overhaul

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Laura Myers and Sean Whaley

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Metro Chamber Selects Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas as New Government Affairs Counsel

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After an extensive evaluation process, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce has selected Jim Wadhams and the firm of Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas as its external government affairs counsel on state public policy issues.

As the largest business organization in Nevada, the Metro Chamber is active in representing our members at all levels of government. Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas will enhance the Metro Chamber’s in-house government affairs and public policy team, particularly during the upcoming 2015 Legislative Session.

Your Piece of the Pie: Procurement Opportunities for Nevada’s Small Businesses

As a small business owner, landing a large contract can truly make your fiscal year. Procurement opportunities, especially in Southern Nevada, represent a large piece of business, especially with our proximity to Nellis Air Force Base and the military community, as well as the global headquarters of several major gaming and hospitality corporations centered in our valley.

Self-Insured Health Insurance Plans: More Control, More Stability for your Bottom Line

Health insurance products traditionally known as “fully- insured” plans have long been the norm for most mid- sized businesses. Lesser known but still popular with larger companies is the “self-insured” model. With the impact of health insurance premiums hitting the bottom line of many mid-size businesses, employers have been searching for ways to control their health insurance costs without trimming employees’ benefit packages.


We have arrived. Last month, the Metro Chamber moved its offices to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. We listened to you, our partners, when you told us what you wanted from the Metro Chamber. And here we are, in the epicenter of government, businesses, arts and culture, education, healthcare, transportation and entrepreneurship – ready to help you and your business succeed and rise to the challenges of growing our economy, creating jobs and improving the quality of life.

New Policy Committees, New Ways to Engage the Issues

The Metro Chamber is pleased to announce the addition of two new policy committees: Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as Insurance. These committees give members more opportunities to engage in important discussions on pressing issues that impact employers and the community. They offer members the ability to interact with policy makers at the highest levels of government who make decisions affecting businesses across the state and region.