Special Events


How The Mountain West States Voted In 2016: A Post-Election Analysis of Trends, Demographics, and Politics in America’s New Swing Region

November 15, 2016
8-10:30 a.m.
Greenspun Hall Auditorium, UNLV
This event is free and open to the public.

Description: Brookings Mountain West and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs will host a panel of experts in state and regional politics and history to examine election returns and exit polling and provide a first-read of the 2016 election. The Mountain West is now one of the nation’s most contested political regions. Its population growth and ever-shifting demographics make the region harder to predict and most susceptible to political swings. Five states in the Southern Mountain West – Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah – now hold more electoral votes than all individual states except Texas and California. In our current political climate these 37 electoral votes can determine the majority in the U.S. Senate and the presidency of the United States.

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The 2016 Election: Why Las Vegas Matters

October 13, 2016

Description: Brookings Mountain West will host, “The 2016 Election: Why Las Vegas Matters,” a panel discussion including experts in U.S. politics and presidential campaigns designed to highlight the increasing importance of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada in national elections. Panelists will discuss a variety of issues important to Las Vegas and the nation, including such topics as: immigration reform, national security, health care, economic opportunity, education, infrastructure, climate change, and others.

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Making Cooperative Extension Work for Southern Nevada: Fulfilling UNLV's Urban Land Grant Mission

September 23, 2016

Description: The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West Research Colloquium Series, Greenspun Hall Auditorium, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Nevada: Powered by the Sun

May 24, 2016

Description: The UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and Solar City co-sponsored an event, “Nevada: Powered by the Sun,” On Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The event took place in Greenspun Hall Auditorium on the UNLV campus. Speakers and panelists included energy experts, regulators, and business leaders discussing Nevada’s leadership in the clean energy economy.

Explanatory Journalism

March 17, 2016

Description: John Hudak discusses how "Members of the press help shed sunlight on the inner workings of government, expose flaws and problems in our system, and inform the citizenry, making journalism a cornerstone of a healthy democracy—and a subject deserving of careful consideration and thoughtful critique.

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Videos: Part 1 | Part 2

What is Light Rail and How Can it Benefit Las Vegas?

January 15, 2016

Description: Brookings Mountain West and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada will lead an analysis of selected rail transportation systems in place and under construction throughout the United States.

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Presentations: Part 1 | Part 2 | Video: Full Length Video


Democrats and Demography: America’s Changing Demographics and the 2016 Election

October 13, 2015

Description: A panel discussion cosponsored by AEI and Brookings Mountain West that precedes the Democratic Party debate event that night.

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Game Change: What Have We Learned?

May 3, 2013

Description: How Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute are Reframing Policy in Southern Nevada.

What Does Southern Nevada Want: Setting Our Priorities for the 2013 Legislative Session

January 10, 2013

Description: A gathering of Southern Nevada leaders to discuss key legislative issues.



Nevada 2.0: New Economies for a Sustainable Future

January 7, 2011

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Hosted by: Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki, Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, and Assembly Speaker John Oceguera


Conference: "The Political Demography and Geography of the Intermountain West"

October 8, 2010

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2010 Intermountain West Public Opinion Survey

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Reclaiming Prosperity: Repositioning Southern Nevada for the Next Economy

April 5, 2010

Presented by: Bruce Katz

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Opening Ceremony

September 8, 2009

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