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Bipartisan Community Solutions

Developing innovative research-based solutions for our workplaces and communities.
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The MGM Resorts International Public Policy Institute is housed within the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. Co-chaired by former Nevada Senator Harry Reid and former Speaker of the House John Boehner, the MGM Resorts International Public Policy Institute will focus on public policy solutions that impact communities.


The mission of the MGM Resorts International Public Policy Institute is to develop research-based solutions that support the creation of sustainable and resilient communities. Solutions will be developed through a process of stakeholder engagement. The intent of the institute is to develop unique workplace and community policies that improve the human condition.

About the Co-Chairs

Harry Reid

Born in Searchlight, Nevada, Harry Reid served 30 years in the U.S. Senate and is the longest serving Senator from the state. During his Senate career, he served as the Senate Majority Leader, Democratic Leader, Majority Whip, and Minority Whip. Senator Reid is renowned for tirelessly working to improve conditions in his home state by promoting economic development, investing in infrastructure and clean energy development, and championing Nevada’s role as the country’s premiere entertainment and gaming destination. In addition to his role with the Institute, Senator Reid recently accepted the role of Distinguished Fellow at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law.

John Boehner

John Boehner represented Ohio’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly 25 years, during which he served as Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, and Minority Leader. Speaker Boehner’s experience as a small businessman informed his time in Congress, where he spent his career fighting for sound fiscal and regulatory policies that would drive employment and economic growth. After his long tenure in the House, Speaker Boehner in 2016 joined Squire Patton Boggs as a strategic advisor.

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality and entertainment companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company opened MGM National Harbor in Maryland on December 8, 2016, and is in the process of developing MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts is named among FORTUNE® Magazine's 2016 list of World's Most Admired Companies®.

About the Public Policy Institute

The development of the MGM Resorts International Public Policy Institute is an important part of MGM Resorts’ ongoing efforts to expand its leadership in broader conversations on matters of public policy. The Institute will bolster UNLV’s already strong engagement on a wide variety of national and international issues. The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs is dedicated to developing innovative and practical public policy solutions for resilient communities. Work has already begun. For more information, please contact:

Robert R. Ulmer
Dean of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

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Nov. 5, 2018

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Greenspun Hall
Dec. 15, 2017

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Nov. 1, 2017

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Greenspun Hall
Mar. 1, 2017

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Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs mission is to focus on building safe, resilient communities; charting the course for effective government and policy, civil discourse, and effective, and ethical journalism. We care about what families need and we are working to develop effective urban support structures for behavioral and mental health needs.