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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
At the Business Power Luncheon featuring the Wounded Warrior Project, attendees heard from keynote speaker and Wounded Warrior, Retired Sergeant First Class Norbie Lara. Attendees also learned the benefits of hiring veterans at this moving and inspirational luncheon.
The Wounded Warrior Project emblem depicts the silhouette of a soldier carrying a wounded comrade over his shoulder.
The classic "fireman's carry" is one that retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Norberto "Norbie" Lara knows well. He was carried from a battlefield near Baqubah, Iraq, after a rocket-propelled grenade, or RPG, exploded, blowing off his right arm while he rode in a patrol vehicle on June 19, 2004.