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The Metro Chamber in Washington, D.C. - Working For You

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Washington, D.C. Day 1

Good morning from Capitol Hill. We are getting ready for our second day of meetings in Washington, D.C. Today, we will meet with our Congressional delegation, as well as members of Congress from other states, and we will fill you in on these discussions later today.

The Metro Chamber Visits Washington, D.C. - Day One

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Washington, DC

Greetings from Washington, D.C. The Las Vegas Metro Chamber is in our nation’s capital to talk about and ask for action on legislation that is important to the future of our community. Over the next three days, Chamber leaders are meeting with our Nevada Congressional delegation, as well as representatives from Arizona, our partners in building Interstate 11. The trip is also an opportunity to develop relationships with Congressional leaders from other states who are key decision makers on priority issues, such as infrastructure.

Metro Chamber Heads to Washington, D.C.

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The Metro Chamber is in Washington, D.C. this week to meet with members of Nevada's Congressional leadership, as well as think tanks, organizations, and other Congressional representatives about myriad issues, including the funding of Interstate 11, the designation of Tule Springs in North Las Vegas as a national monument, immigration reform, international tourism and visitation, water resources for Southern Nevada and topics in healthcare reform.

Commissioners Vote to Increase Gas Tax

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Aaron Drawhorn

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County Commissioners voted Tuesday to increase the fuel tax rate to pay for infrastructure improvements around the county.

Under the plan, fuel taxes will go up 3 cents per-gallon, per-year, which will fund up to $700 million in projects, including the Boulder City Bypass and the plan to make the 215 beltway into a complete freeway.

Ready, Set, Go: Putting Your Business Preparedness Plans into Action

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September is National Preparedness Month, a multi-agency approach to ensuring that individuals, families and businesses are ready for natural, chemical and manmade disasters. In this issue, you’ve heard about preparing for natural and weather emergencies, having a business continuity plan in place, and making sure your business has the resources, strategies and communications to recover. As part of the training and education on National Preparedness Month, there are plenty of free tools you can use to ensure that your business is prepared:

Gone in an Instant: Protecting Your Business from Flash Flooding, Power Outages and Other Unexpected Feats of Nature

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The daily deluge of running a business can make it hard to schedule time to prepare for a flood, electrical storm or major power outage. But here in the Mojave Desert where we can get a year’s worth of rainfall in a single afternoon and lightning storms can get a little too close for comfort, it’s critical to protect your property and your investment.

Obamacare isn’t perfect, but it’s good; Yucca mountain is dead

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Richard N. Velotta

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a feel-good presentation for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce today in a question-and-answer session with chamber Chairman Jay Barrett.

North Las Vegas Mayor Optimistic About City's Future

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8 News Now

Mayor John Lee addressed the Metro Chamber membership at its popular North Las Vegas Breakfast series. During his remarks, he outlined some of the opportunities he plans on harnessing as the city's new leader, and how he intends to bring new businesses, industries and residents to North Las Vegas. Chamber president and CEO Kristin McMillan offers her insight on Mayor Lee's vision for the city.

New North Las Vegas mayor states goals for recovery

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Krystal Allen

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- With a mix of straight talk and humor, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee laid out his vision for the city's future this morning at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Santa Fe Station.

It is a future, the new mayor says, that cannot move forward without tackling its troubled financial past.

“If we are in an emergency situation, we have to show the state what we're doing to get out of it. We need a plan,” Lee said. “I'm going through that budget to see where we are and how we can eliminate the stress on the region.”

South by Southwest Comes to Las Vegas

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Sharie Harvin, Lauren Rozyla, & Nick Pantazi

LAS VEGAS - Some of the world's most innovative minds are in Las Vegas this week for the first South by Southwest V2V conference.

The event, a spin-off of South by Southwest's annual event in Austin, Texas, aims to connect entrepreneurs and investors.

SXSW V2V's entrance marks a significant coup for Las Vegas. Our city's emergence as an incubator for technological start-up companies made it an attractive location for SXSW organizers. More than 300 start-ups call Las Vegas home.

As Startup Weekend begins, definition of 'startup' varies

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Kristy Totten

A startup isn’t a startup when it starts.

At least that’s one line of thinking.

Dylan Bathurst, one of three co-founders of Rumgr, a free iPhone app that helps people sell their stuff, says for a company to be considered a startup, rapid growth has to be built into its business model.

“It’s a company that’s built to grow quickly and to a very large scale,” he said. “Whereas a small business would be like a pizza shop, which is definitely ‘starting up’ something, but it’s not really considered a startup.”

Potential seen in Las Vegas' inaugural SXSW event

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Laura Carroll

Las Vegas’ inaugural South By Southwest will be a small but important fete with plenty of potential.

First, it’s not the Austin, Texas, event. Las Vegas’ version is all about the entrepreneur looking for help and the venture capitalist looking for the next great idea.

In Austin each March, SXSW LLC produces a two-week series of events geared toward film, music and interactive professionals.

The Austin event started out as a music festival, but the Las Vegas conference is finding its legs as a business-to-business event.