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Read Incoming Chairman Bruce Spotleson's Speech from the Annual Installation Luncheon

Thank you all for joining us for our annual installation lunch, a celebration of both change and continuity.

I also want to thank Jay Barrett for letting me shadow him as he led our first full year as a “metro” chamber, an evolution that has already made us more effective.

I’m honored by this appointment. I first sipped the Chamber Kool-Ade at a luncheon like this one in 1996. Both our Valley and the Metro Chamber have grown and matured since then. And because of the work of my predecessors and our staff, the Chamber’s voice has gotten stronger.

The Metro Chamber Announces Move to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Metro Chamber at Smith Center

Dear Metro Chamber members:

It is with great pleasure to share with you the news that the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce has selected The Smith Center for the Performing Arts as our new home. 2013 Chairman Jay Barrett made the official announcement today at the Annual Installation Luncheon. There are still a few details to work out, but we are moving forward on a final agreement and want you to be among the first to know.

Small Business Saturday is This Week!

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Greta Beck-Seidman

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Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country, will take place on Saturday, November 30. In 2012, the estimated consumer spending on Small Business Saturday was $5.5 billion, with the event steadily growing in popularity and participants since its inception in 2010. This year, American Express is offering customized web ads, signage and other free materials to help get the word out that your business is participating in the initiative. For more information on how your business can participate in Small Business Saturday, visit

EDITORIAL: State's taxpayers can't afford expensive PERS

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Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada’s public employee pension fund is well-managed and actuarially sound when compared against those of other states, according to an independent review of the plan requested by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.

UNLV, UNR close to plan that would create medical school in Southern Nevada

Written By:

Paul Takahashi

UNLV sign

The presidents of UNR and UNLV are close to signing a preliminary partnership agreement that could lead to a school in Southern Nevada that would mint medical doctors.

Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich, UNR President Marc Johnson, University of Nevada School of Medicine Dean Tom Schwenk and UNLV President Neal Smatresk are expected to sign an agreement by the end of this week.

Las Vegas’ tech sector has come a long way over the past year but still has some maturing to do

Written By:

Eli Segall

Startup Weekend - April

A year ago, Las Vegas’ tech sector was creating a lot of buzz but not many results.

Ideas were flying all over the place. Techies would concoct a business plan and work nonstop for a weekend building a website or software, then lose interest and let the concept fizzle. There was only one big pot of tech-focused investment cash, and out-of-state startups typically moved here only if they received money from it.

Today, Las Vegas’ geek scene is maturing, moving past its raw beginnings and gaining footing as a real industry.

Go, Rebels!

Happy Homecoming weekend to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels!

EDITORIAL: No openness in bargaining, no consequences

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Las Vegas Review-Journal

The precedent has been set. In the state’s already-skewed binding arbitration process, in which a lone outsider with no stake in the outcome settles contract disputes between local governments and their unions, compliance with the law is optional.

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Calls on Jim Wheeler to Resign

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Las Vegas – Today, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement regarding Nevada State Assemblyman Jim Wheeler:

Chamber, Nevada State Bank recognize businesses, nonprofits

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Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Nevada State Bank, on Thursday honored 25 local businesses and nonprofits for innovating in the marketplace, creating a better community and making customers happy.

The awards were presented at the annual Business Excellence Awards luncheon, which was held at Paris Las Vegas.

Recognition categories include Trailblazers, Innovators, Pacesetters, Groundbreakers and Cultivators.

EDITORIAL: Tule Springs merits national monument status

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Las Vegas Review-Journal

Tule Springs

Talk about bad timing. Southern Nevada leaders have worked for years to establish fossil-rich Tule Springs as a national monument. Finally, on Thursday, they appeared before a House subcommittee in support of a bipartisan bill to award the much-deserved designation.

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross and Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kristin McMillan testified in Washington against the backdrop of a federal government shutdown — and national monument closures that have made national news on their own.

Metro Chamber CEO Heads to Washington to Testify for Public Lands Act

Bill to create national monument good for job creation, tourism & economic development

Las Vegas — Kristin McMillan, president & CEO of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to testify in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation on Thursday, October 3, in favor of designating a new national monument in Southern Nevada.