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Brookings Mountain West

Robert Lang

Remembering Dr. Robert E. Lang

May 28, 1959 - June 21, 2021

Lincy Endowed Chair in Urban Affairs
Executive Director of The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West
Professor, School of Public Policy & Leadership, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

Lang's Impact on Southern Nevada

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Brookings Mountain West is a partnership between UNLV and the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution. The purpose of Brookings Mountain West is to bring the Brookings tradition of high-quality, independent, and impactful research to the issues facing the dynamic and fast-growing Intermountain West region. Building upon work at Brookings and UNLV, our community engagement and research initiatives focus on helping metropolitan areas like Las Vegas grow in robust, inclusive, and sustainable ways. Brookings Mountain West provides a platform to bring ideas and expertise together to enhance public policy discussions at the local, state, and regional level.

View Past Lectures


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Oct. 13, 2021
Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Alumna of the Year Caitlin Saladino helps provide significant insights into the Mountain West for researchers, policymakers, and the public alike.
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Sep. 16, 2021
UNLV undergrad Mary Blankenship blends public policy, science, and economics into a cocktail for successful global change.

Brookings Mountain West In the News

The Nevada Independent
Oct. 7, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people across the United States, cities and states are struggling to combat vaccination gaps. This is especially true in Nevada, where the vaccination rate for Black residents is lagging behind that of white, Asian and Latino residents.

The Nevada Independent
Sep. 23, 2021

This chip manufacturing shortage presents a premier opportunity for economic development in the Silver State.

Nevada Current
Sep. 14, 2021

U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 edition of its “Best Colleges” rankings once again names the University of Nevada, Las Vegas among the most diverse universities in the country.

Las Vegas Sun
Sep. 13, 2021

UNLV comes up as a refreshing exception in a new report by the Brookings Institution showing a disquieting trend of public colleges crowding out in-state students by accepting others from across state lines.

What's Happening

  • Join the Center for Business and Economic Research along with Brookings Mountain West as we have a fireside chat with academia and private industry experts in the business and policy potential of cannabis. Complimentary beer and wine with purchase of a ticket.  In 2017 cannabis was legalized for recreational use in Nevada. In the last four years, the business opportunities and lessons learned...
     Date: October 27, 2021
     Location: Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 3987 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169