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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.

Bill for Phoenix to Vegas freeway advances

Written By:

Sean Holstege

A new interstate that would connect Phoenix and Las Vegas is on the map -- almost.

The route of Interstate 11, the ambitious project of transportation officials and powerful business interests in Arizona and Nevada, survived a final revision of a long-delayed transportation-funding bill this week.

The bill would officially designate the I-11 route, making the project eligible for interstate highway funds. It also would mean supporters have cleared the first major political hurdle, although building any highway could take up to two decades.

Las Vegas-Phoenix interstate link moves closer to reality

Written By:

Steve Tetreault

WASHINGTON - Congress is taking the first step to link Las Vegas and Phoenix with a modern interstate highway that would grease travel and commerce in the desert Southwest.

A major road and transit bill expected to pass the House and Senate by the weekend would allow federal funding to upgrade U.S. Highway 93 to expressway standards over the 300 miles separating the cities.

The bill contains no money for the project but designates the corridor for development as Interstate 11, making it eligible for federal aid in the coming years.

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.

Congress Passes Chamber-Endorsed I-11 Legislation

Critical Game Changer For Entire Western Region

The United States Senate and United States House of Representatives are set to pass a federal highway bill in the next two days that will designate an interstate corridor between Las Vegas and Phoenix.  Currently, Las Vegas and Phoenix are the two largest metropolitan areas not connected by an interstate highway.  The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce has been a strong and active proponent of this important infrastructure.

Cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Clark County Making It Easier For Contractors To Do Business In The Valley

Starting this week, contractors no longer have to obtain multiple licenses to do business in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Clark County. The first phase of the multi-jurisdictional business license is now in effect, allowing contractors to obtain local licenses in one location - no traveling to each jurisdiction for separate busienss licenses. Applications and fees are now handled in one place and forwarded to the corresponding jurisdictions.

Expo Gives Space to Technology Startup Companies

Written By:

Caitlin McGarry

The usual suspects from the Las Vegas business community - banks, insurance companies and accounting firms - on Wednesday dotted the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Expo floor at World Market Center.

But one row of exhibition booths, marked with a street sign reading, "Innovation Avenue," hosted a new generation of chamber members: the startups putting Vegas tech on the map.