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Congressional delegation to jump-start Interstate 11’s Nevada stretch

Written By:

Steve Tetreault

WASHINGTON – With the proposed Interstate 11 connecting Southern Nevada and Phoenix on a path to reality, Nevada leaders are setting their sights on the next stretch, north from Las Vegas.

Sens. Dean Heller and Harry Reid are looking to insert wording into an upcoming federal highway bill that would designate an Interstate 11 corridor through Northern Nevada. While studies still are ongoing and substantive work might be a decade or more out, favorable mention in the bill would effectively plant an early flag for a project that must compete for billions in federal dollars.

Nevada AFL-CIO opposes proposed margins tax to fund public schools

Written By:

Sean Whaley

City of LV Skyline

CARSON CITY — The Nevada State AFL-CIO on Friday voted to oppose the margins tax measure to fund public education that is on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Also known as the Education Initiative, Question 3 would impose a 2 percent business “margins tax” designed to raise an estimated $700 million a year for public schools.

The measure is opposed by many Nevada businesses and elected officials, including Gov. Brian Sandoval. It was put on the ballot by the Nevada State Education Association.

Moving Boldly Into The Future:Our Mission to Stay at the Top

Written By:

Greta Seidman

"You don’t get to be number one by standing still,” says Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

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.

Written By:

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

Written By:

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

Written By:

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...

Written By:

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

Written By:

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.