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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. We also discussed education reform initiatives on a national level, including the implementation of Common Core and the importance of raising our education standards to give the next generation of the workforce new and expanded opportunities.

These issues, vital to the future success of our region as well as our country, were both top of mind and top of conversation for the morning. We left with plenty of takeaways, valuable information and insights on the national political climate and what it means for Southern Nevada.

After lunch, we had a successful meeting with representatives from the American Gaming Association, touching on sustaining Las Vegas’ place as the global gaming leader and innovations in the gaming industry. They reinforced that gaming is an economic driver across the country and contributes significantly to jobs (both direct and indirect) and an even broader economic footprint in terms of ancillary impact.

We finished the day with a scenic rooftop reception with a breathtaking view of some of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic treasures, including the Washington Monument and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The last stop for the day will be at the Nevada State Society reception at the Hawk ‘n’ Dove, a long-standing institution in Washington, D.C.

Tomorrow is our day on Capitol Hill, where we’ll be meeting with Nevada’s Congressional delegation on several topics important to Southern Nevada’s business community as well as the I-11 Caucus. Follow us on Twitter (@LVChamber), Facebook and Instagram (@LasVegasMetroChamber) for updates throughout the day.