Federal Priorities

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The Metro Chamber maintains a presence on federal issues through an engaged contract team at The Porter Group and by engaging on strategic priorities important to the growth and development of Nevada in the global economy. The Metro Chamber has been instrumental in several federal issues in recent years, including the designation of Tule Springs as Nevada’s first national monument and the passage of Interstate 11, which will connect Phoenix and Las Vegas (the two largest cities in the U.S. not connected by an interstate).

Annual Washington, D.C. Delegation

In July 2018, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber led a delegation of 100 business and community leaders to Washington, D.C. to be your voice on Capitol Hill. The Metro Chamber once again lead the largest and most diverse delegation to our nation’s capital. During the week long trip, Nevada business leaders met with the Nevada Congressional delegation, Congressional leadership, policy groups, and think tanks to advance a broad agenda on behalf of Nevada’s business community. The annual Chamber fly-in demonstrates to federal policy makers how Nevada’s business community is united, strong, and stands for good policies and legislation to help our state’s job creators.

The Nevada State Dinner Gala, a black-tie affair at the spectacular at the historic Willard Hotel with special remarks from U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. The Metro Chamber was honored to have Secretary Acosta address our members at the Nevada State Dinner Gala. During his remarks, Secretary Acosta emphasized how impressed he is by the Metro Chamber’s national leadership in being the first chamber of commerce in the country to work to bring back an affordable group health plan. Chamber CEO Mary Beth Sewald interviewed Secretary Acosta for our Like Nobody’s Business show, which will air in August. Also, at the Nevada State Dinner, former Fox News Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron provided his perspective on the current state of politics in Washington, D.C. and what that means to Nevada.

The Nevada Lights Up The Capitol event brought in nearly one thousand people – from Congressional leaders to staff members, industry leaders, and more, to showcase Nevada’s bright lights, open spaces, and free spirits – in a fun, lively, and dynamic party environment that only Nevada can really do.

You can view video content and updates on the event on the Chamber’s social media channels and on our photo gallery.

Federal Priorities and Areas of Focus:

  • Interstate 11 – Ensuring proper funding for this important infrastructure investment
  • Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository– Fighting against the nation’s nuclear waste being stored anywhere in Nevada, because of the potential negative impacts it could have on the safety and health of residents and visitors of Southern Nevada
  • International Tourism – Ensuring Southern Nevada’s core industry grows and remains a competitive international destination city
  • Southern Nevada Water Infrastructure – Studying and advocating for fair and strategic use of water and conservation resources
  • Homeland Security Funding – Ensuring that Nevada receives its fair share of federal dollars to protect its infrastructure
  • Marketplace Fairness Act – Leveling the playing field between traditional brick and mortar businesses and Internet commerce to ensure the state’s tax base is not eroded
  • Federal Grant Dollars in Nevada – Increasing Nevada’s share of federal dollars received for necessary programs and services for its citizens, essentially returning some of Nevada’s tax dollars back to the state.