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Business Voice March 2015

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CRITICAL CONDITION: Why We Need A UNLV Medical School Now

Business Voice February 2015

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Addressing Tomorrow’s Workforce Needs In Today’s Classrooms

EDITORIAL: Plant seeds for UNLV medical school

The Las Vegas Valley has a growing population of more than 2 million, yet the only allopathic medical school in the state is 450 miles away in Reno, a city with a population of about 234,000.

Tourism chief’s new goal: 45 million visitors

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Richard N. Velotta - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Drawing more than 41 million tourists to Las Vegas is yesterday’s news.

Now, the head of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has a new goal.

Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the organization that markets the city, told an audience at Preview 2015 on Friday that 45 million visitors will be the new benchmark and he expects to hit that “within the next few years.” If the goal is achieved, it would produce 37,000 new tourism industry jobs in Southern Nevada.

“The question,” Ralenkotter said, “is how do we get to 45 million visitors?”

Roberson: State Senate will tackle tax reform

Written By:

Laura Myers - las Vegas Review-journal

Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson on Monday promised to tackle tax reform early in the upcoming legislative session, saying he hopes to approve a plan in March that would raise new revenue for education.

Roberson, R-Las Vegas, said the state must raise more money even to fund essential services since the budget is running a deficit. And so any tax reform would also have to bring in higher revenue if lawmakers want to boost funding for K-12 schools and for higher education, including launching a medical school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Business Voice January 2015

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10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Preview Experience

Tax Foundation Releases Report

Dear Metro Chamber Member,

Statement on Legislation Passed by U.S. Senate Today Designating Tule Springs as National Monument

Las Vegas – Today, the United States Senate passed legislation that contained provisions designating Tule Springs Fossil Beds as Nevada’s first national monument. The legislation will help expand eco-tourism, support education and promote economic development. Advocating in favor of this national monument designation has been a federal policy priority of the Metro Chamber for the past two years.

Metro Chamber leaders Bruce Spotleson, Chairman, and Hugh Anderson, Vice-Chair, Government Affairs, are issuing the following statement:

The Conversation Continues...

Dear Metro Chamber member:

Many of you have asked for policies and legislative solutions that will provide for long-term stability and eliminate the habit of short-term fixes. Of utmost importance, tax stability and dependability are essential factors in attracting, operating and growing businesses and jobs. Employers are more confident when they can plan for the long-term.

Tax Foundation: Fix the Current Tax System

Written By:

Laura Myers

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce commissioned the Tax Foundation to prepare a review of the Nevada tax system and recommend possible improvements. Over the course of five months, the Tax Foundation met with stakeholders, including small business owners, local government officials, trade associations, industry representatives, state officials, and ordinary taxpayers.