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Putting veterans to work

As the country's economy struggles through the weakest recovery since the Great Depression, with a national real unemployment rate of 14.9 percent, remember this: Over the next five years, more than 1 million veterans are expected to leave the U.S. military and re-join the American workforce.

Most of these men and women answered the call to serve their country after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but entered service before the Great Recession. Many thousands of them have survived serious injuries.

Longtime Las Vegas Civic Leader Robert Forbuss Dead at Age 64

Written By:

Hubble Smith

Robert Forbuss, a widely known Las Vegas businessman, educator and elected official, died Sunday after a long battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 64.

The Nevada native graduated from Bishop Gorman High School and earned degrees in public administration and political science from Long Beach State University.

He went back to Gorman as a teacher from 1972 to 1979 and served on the Clark County School Board for eight years. In 2006 an elementary school in southwest Las Vegas was named in his honor.

UNLV takes tech to class

Written By:

Caitlin McGarry

The Nevada Legislature last summer signed into law Assembly Bill 449, which mandated more aggressive economic diversification efforts and commissioned a Brookings Institution report on which areas those efforts should be directed.

Not surprisingly, the Brookings Mountain West division and its Metropolitan Policy Program pinpointed education as one of Nevada's weaknesses. To boost economic development in areas like information technology, Brookings recommended university and industry collaboration, particularly in areas like research and work force development.

National Clean Energy Summit 5.0 Announces New Speakers

Additions to the already impressive speaker lineup for the National Clean Energy Summit 5.0 have been announced. Liquid Metal Battery Corporation CEO Philip Giudice will join Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Kristin McMillan and American filmmaker Chris Paine, whose most noted documentaries include Who Killed The Electric Car? and Revenge of the Electric Car to help lead the nation's foremost conversation about clean energy options.

Additional newly confirmed speakers and panelists include:

Owners look to revitalize western valley shopping and office complex

Written By:

Conor Shine

After buying Village Square in late 2011, the shopping and office center’s new owners quickly set to work recruiting new tenants, adding 10 businesses since the start of the year.

Now the owners, Westport Capital Partners, are looking to build on that momentum by launching a wide-reaching renovation of the 240,000-square-foot complex near Sahara Avenue and Fort Apache Road in the western valley.

Water Rate Message from Kristin McMillan

Water Rate Message from Kristin McMillan

This is a video from Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Kristin McMillan discussing the recent water rate hikes from the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the recent three-year, 50 percent rate credit that was approved for fire meters.

Some local businesses to see water bill decrease

Written By:

Craig Huber

Some Las Vegas Valley businesses will see a decrease in their monthly water bills.The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) Thursday approved a measure that will grant businesses a 50 percent reduction. The SNWA voted to dip into the Rate Stabilization Fund to make up the difference.

Business rates went up a little more than three months ago, something numerous Valley business owners have been struggling with.

Blue in the Face with Customer Service

Written By:

Greta Seidman

Our Treat Package for the Day

July is National Blueberry Month. We didn't know that until this afternoon, when one of our member service providers stopped by with a delicious-smelling (and tasting) fresh blueberry pie, complete with everything we needed to enjoy it, like plates, napkins and forks (as well as some strategically-placed collateral). Our representative stopped by personally just to deliver this surprise and tell us "thank you" for our patronage. It was great timing, too --- what's better than a sweet afternoon snack?

Startup Weekend Encourages Development of New Business Ideas

Written By:

Joyce Lupiani

Startup Weekend Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas is becoming a popular landing spot for tech firms.

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh helped start the Vegas Tech Fund to attract more.

Just this past weekend, local entrepreneurs had the opportunity to get noticed at an event known as Startup Weekend.

Participants are challenged to form small teams, come up with a cutting-edge idea, and create a successful business model in just two days.

The team that wins is then put in the running to win half a million dollars. They can use this money to start a business downtown.

New water fee 'the last straw'

In a guest commentary in the June 17 Review-Journal, Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Pat Mulroy explained her agency's cost-shifting for water treatment and delivery facilities following the economic debacle of 2008.

In an attempt to "make growth pay for growth," the authority's 1990s model drew nearly 60 percent of revenues for such projects from new connection charges. But revenues from new connections plummeted by 95 percent in 2008 as new construction "virtually ceased," Ms. Mulroy noted.

Las Vegas to Phoenix interstate, seen as a ‘game-changer,’ is step closer to reality

Written By:

Richard N. Velotta

A measure applauded by Southern Nevada business leaders as a key to future interstate and international commerce is one step closer to passage after a joint committee of Congress inserted language officially designating a route between Phoenix and Las Vegas as Interstate 11.

Interstate 11 Designation Message

Interstate 11 Designation Message

This is a message from Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kristin McMillan regarding the Interstate 11 designation, its economic impact on Southern Nevada and the work of the Chamber in helping to insure its passage.