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.

Today, Kristin McMillan, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, released the following statement regarding the legislation designating I-11:

"Passage of the legislation by Congress designating an interstate between Las Vegas and Phoenix is a critical game changer for our region. Interstate 11 will be the most significant infrastructure built in our region in 50 years and will open up a frontier of opportunities to expand and diversify our economy including in areas of tourism, distribution, manufacturing and logistics. It will connect Las Vegas to Phoenix and the entire western region of the United States, positioning Southern Nevada as more nationally and globally competitive.

The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce has been a driving force in pressing for this designation.  We thank the leadership of Senator Harry Reid, Senator Dean Heller, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, Congressman Joe Heck, Congressman Mark Amodei, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-FL) and Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA), as well as former Nevada Congressman Jon Porter and Robert Herbert from Senator Reid's staff, for moving this important legislation forward."

For more information read this article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.