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Painting the Town Blue

Written By:

Kristin McMillan

This month, we celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, and there is a lot to celebrate this year: the opening of the Linq and the Cromwell, as well as the soon to be open SLS; breaking ground on a new arena on the Strip; the unveiling of
a new iconic landmark – the High Roller – to our skyline; and not just one, but two political parties considering Las Vegas as the host for its presidential convention in 2016. For a record-setting 20 years, Las Vegas has been the number one trade show destination in North America.

Fossil Monument Bill Might Grow

Written By:

Steve Tetreault

Tule Springs

A stalled bill in Congress to create a public land monument in Clark County while reconfiguring other government parcels in the Las Vegas Valley might start moving again. What’s more, an influential House chairman says he would be open to expanding it.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said he has asked his staff to redraft portions of a bill creating the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument. He said he was hopeful that rewording will fix a flaw that caused the bill to be shelved in February.

Las Vegas-Phoenix highway project wins support of Maryland politician

Written By:

Richard N. Velotta

Meeting with Representative Hoyer (MD)

If Rep. Steny Hoyer wasn’t a backer of the proposed multibillion-dollar Interstate 11 project before he came to Nevada Monday, he is now.

Hoyer, D-Md., the Democratic whip of the House, met for an hour with representatives of Southern Nevada’s business community, vowing to support infrastructure investment, including efforts to fund projects for an interstate highway that would connect the two largest cities in the country without one, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Conversations and Insights on Our Final Day in D.C.

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Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

Our delegation started the day at the Metropolitan Club, a long-standing institution in Washington, D.C. founded in 1863 during the Civil War by six Treasury Department officials during President Abraham Lincoln’s administration.  Throughout its more than 150 year history, it has pursued its primary goal of furthering "literary, mutual improvement, and social purposes.”  It was in that spirit of discussing how to create new opportunities and address some of our long-term issues, we embarked on a day of conversations with two of the counties most notable think tanks.

Brookings and Blossoms

Written By:

Greta Beck-Seidman

cherry blossoms

The Metro Chamber’s third day in Washington starts off with a trip to the Brookings Institution, where we’ll be discussing different initiatives for advancing Southern Nevada in the global economy. We’ll talk about improving education, the importance of STEM in education policy and maximizing our region’s federal grant dollars. The Metro Chamber has partnered with Brookings Mountain West at UNLV on several occasions (most recently, a Business Power Luncheon and a symposium on the importance of UNLV becoming a Tier 1 Carnegie-rated research school), and we’re excited to have Dr.

Capitol Report

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Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

The Metro Chamber spent the day on Capitol Hill engaging in discussions and dialogues with many key members of Congress to advance several Southern Nevada priorities.

We started off the day by meeting with U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1) on several issues important to our members and vital to the future growth of Southern Nevada, including water infrastructure, the designation of Tule Springs Fossil Beds as Nevada’s first national monument and transportation projects such as Interstate 11.

Heading up to the Hill

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Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

Capitol Hill

After a productive and successful first day advocating for Southern Nevada’s business community, the Metro Chamber with its largest delegation to date are heading up to Capitol Hill for the day. We’ll be continuing our theme of enhancing Southern Nevada’s economy and creating jobs and opportunities for our region as we meet with Nevada’s Congressional delegation.

What a View...

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Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

After a welcome breakfast and remarks from Las Vegas Metro Chamber chairman Bruce Spotleson, our delegation set out for our first meeting at the US Chamber of Commerce. The US Chamber has a long-standing tradition of protecting and advancing the business community, and we were proud to begin our day with them. We dove right in with a discussion on current and upcoming legislative priorities, including immigration reform, the Trade Promotion Authority, sequestration and military spending, and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

Metro Chamber Kicks Off Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip

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LVChamber

Washington, D.C.

Today, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce kicks off four days of meetings in Washington, D.C. about issues important to you, including job creation and the long-term economic future of Southern Nevada.

How UNLV aspires to be top-tier research university

Written By:

Paul Takahashi

UNLV acting President Don Snyder lobbied Las Vegas business leaders Wednesday to support the university’s quest to become a top-tier research institution.

The former banker, gaming executive and Hotel College dean outlined the economic benefits of having a Tier-1 university in Las Vegas during an hourlong keynote address at a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Snyder, now seven weeks into his new position, is working on a 20-year plan to transform UNLV into a top research university mentioned in the same breath as the universities of Oregon and Washington.

UNLV aims for future as top research university

Written By:

Kristy Totten

UNLV

Two decades, restored state funding and private investment are what officials say it will take for UNLV to become a top research university.

Acting President Don Snyder shared the university’s 20-year plan to become a Carnegie Tier 1 research institution Wednesday during a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Get the Schedule for "Head of the Class:" A Discussion on Nevada's Future

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LVChamber

On Wednesday March 19, 2014, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce is hosting a half-day symposium with national and regional economic and higher education experts. The focus of the event will be to explain the UNLV Tier 1 Research and Innovation Initiative and highlight economic and business benefits to the region. The event will consist of a program as follows:

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Eggs & Issues featuring U.S. Congressman John Kline (MN-2), Chairman of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee