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City of North Las Vegas Proposing Changes to Business Licensing Fees

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New Benefits, Perks and Discounts to Maximize Your Metro Chamber Investment

Return on investment guides most major business decisions: hiring employees who can represent the brand well, choosing the most qualified service providers and deciding how to invest in the community. The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce recently asked its members what would help boost their bottom line, increase their exposure in the marketplace and create opportunities for their business to grow – in short, what would help them see more return on their everyday business investment.

Clark County Schools head raises concern about charter school racial balance

Written By:

Francis McCabe

Clark County charter schools, where enrollment is 66 percent white, are on the path to resegregation, public school superintendent Pat Skorkowsky told business leaders Tuesday.

The superintendent of the nation’s fifth largest school district made the statement during NewsFeed, the breakfast series aimed at igniting conversations about important community issues sponsored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Full funding of UNLV Med school imperative

Written By:

Kristin McMillan & Hugh Anderson

A few weeks ago, at Preview Las Vegas, we heard the good news that Nevada’s unemployment rate is down and our economy mostly has come back. Nonetheless, Southern Nevada is still woefully behind where it needs to be for long-term growth.

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CRITICAL CONDITION: Why We Need A UNLV Medical School Now

UNLV needs a med school – stat.

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

Written By:

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.

Tax Foundation Releases Report

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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.