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Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce honored for education advocacy

Written By:

Trevon Milliard

The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce has received the Nevada Association of School Boards' executive committee friend of education award for being a vocal advocate for public school students.

Chamber President and CEO Kristin McMillan received the award Nov. 17 at the association's annual conference in Reno. It is the first time the association presented the award to an organization.

Who's got clout? A look at 10 movers and shakers who shape business in the valley

Written By:

Business Press Staff

Clout can be fleeting.

Especially in Las Vegas.

Times change quickly in Southern Nevada. During the boom period, gaming ruled as new megaresorts on the Strip fueled a booming economy.

The recession altered the status quo.

Gaming, in some sense, has taken a backseat to other types of development and job creation.

David G. Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said there are two dimensions to clout: overall influence and the "what have you done for me lately" aspect.

Former Chicago mayor says government cooperation, transportation, environment key to Las Vegas’ success

Written By:

Eli Segall

The Las Vegas Valley can learn a lot from Richard M. Daley.

Daley was mayor of Chicago for more than two decades, turning it into one of the top cities in the world with strong businesses, culture and tourism. On Thursday, he flew to Las Vegas to explain how he did it and to offer advice about how Las Vegas can become more than just a destination for gamblers and conventioneers.

Ex-Chicago Mayor Daley offers economic development tips to Las Vegas

Written By:

Benjamin Spillman

Savvy politicians know politics is a game of addition, not subtraction.

And on Thursday in Las Vegas a member of one of America's savviest political families said the same holds true for economic development.

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley said if Las Vegas wants to expand its global reach beyond the gambling and partying business, then political leaders need to forge alliances, not rivalries, with other cities, nations and even each other.

Young Executives: Nevada’s Future

Written By:

Doresa Banning

After finishing graduate school, Nevada resident, Adam Kramer, launched his own business, I Am America, which provided online video content for companies. Four years later, his wife landed an opportunity in Las Vegas, and the couple relocated to the city from Los Angeles. Kramer sold his business and found a job with the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce as the director of its Vegas Young Professionals group. Today, one and a half years later, at age 27, he remains in that role, which has expanded to include an additional component, assisting business startups.

Former NDA hires transit guru to forge new direction

Written By:

Jennifer Robison

The former Nevada Development Authority has hired a transportation guru to pave a new road toward economic development.

Local government affairs consultant Tom Skancke will take over Thursday as president and CEO of the nonprofit, now called the Las Vegas Regional Economic Development Council. Former president and CEO Somer Hollingsworth will oversee the council's new-business arm.

Taxable sales jump 7.6 percent; Clark County up 8.1 percent

Written By:

Jennifer Robison

Nevada's consumers came out in force in August, continuing a spending trend that dates back two years.

And though the state has a long way to go on the road to recovery, observers say the newest taxable sales numbers show the economy remains on track toward better times.

Sales of tangible goods by retailers and businesses grew 7.6 percent, to $3.67 billion, year over year in August, the state Department of Taxation reported Thursday. Sales in Clark County jumped 8.1 percent, to $2.59 billion.

Latest Las Vegas attraction: A Neon Museum

Written By:

Kitty Yancey, USA TODAY

Where do vintage neon signs go to die?

"The Boneyard" in Las Vegas, which has been an offbeat tourist attraction for those in the know. Now the outdoor site is being expanded into a full-fledged Neon Museum that opens to the public Saturday in downtown Las Vegas. There will be a new visitors' center and an expanded Boneyard.

In addition to signs scattered on the ground, you can see restored, electrified neon in what the museum calls a "Downtown Gallery" on Fremont Street and along parts of Las Vegas Boulevard downtown.

Judge rejects Nevada teachers union tax proposal

Written By:

Associated Press

CARSON CITY - A judge has struck down a Nevada tax initiative pushed by the state teachers union and other labor groups to raise money for education.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, Carson City District Judge James Wilson said the description of what the initiative would do if passed by voters was misleading and deceptive on several grounds and therefore is invalid.

Celebration of life planned for late Robert Forbuss

Written By:

Hubble Smith

A celebration of life will be held Friday at The Smith Center for Performing Arts for Robert Forbuss, a prominent Las Vegas businessman and educator who died Aug. 12.

Jerry Cade, a close friend of Forbuss, will welcome guests at 6 p.m. Scheduled speakers include former Sen. Richard Bryan; U.S. Rep. Shelly Berkley; Sen. Harry Reid; political consultant Sig Rogich; and Forbuss Elementary School principal Shawn Paquette.

Some Las Vegas business owners upbeat on economy

Written By:

Marian Green

A recent national survey indicated growing pessimism among small-business owners about the economy, but interviews with a smattering of Las Vegas business owners yielded a sunnier outlook.

A survey released last week by the National Federation of Independent Business shows that owners became more pessimistic during September as employment and sales remained weak. The NFIB's index of owner optimism fell 0.1 point to 92.8.

Chamber Awards Honor Small Businesses

Written By:

Chris Sieroty

A singing dentist, a 30-year veteran of the catering industry, the executive director of a nonprofit helping families with seriously ill children, and a guy who recycles cigarette butts.

This is not the cast of a reality television show but rather the four winners of 2012's Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Small Business Excellence Awards.