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Office of Economic Development News

The Office of Economic Development seeks to promote private- and public-sector partnerships in order to support economic and workforce development, to attract industry-sponsored research, and to protect and develop intellectual property.

Current Economic Development News

Martin Schiller Lab
People |

Professor Marty Schiller talks about his business and how UNLV made it possible.

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Business and Community |

Leya Dagher knew she wanted to start a business and with the help of UNLV resources, she established Swalty Mediterranean.

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Business and Community |

The Nevada Small Business Development Center brings resources for microbusiness owners to the heart of a community.

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People |

The hospitality researcher uncovers human interaction in the context of tourist attractions.

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Campus News |

Team Protégé wins Shark Tank-style competition for AI-powered speech feedback app.

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Business and Community |

With funding from governor's office, StepUp & StartUp program has matched 50 UNLV students with local tech companies. 

Economic Development In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3

A Nevada lawmaker says she will reintroduce a film tax incentive package next year that aims to lure movie and television productions to the Las Vegas valley.

Nevada Newsmakers

Host Sam Shad sits down with Bo Bernhard, vice president of economic development at UNLV.

Associated Press

SEICon LLC, a first-of-its-kind conference featuring 120 thought leaders and subject matter experts from the sports, entertainment, and innovation sectors, is pleased to announce USA TODAY Sports as its presenting sponsor in collaboration with UNLV Sports Innovation Institute and Syracuse University’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

PR Newswire

SEICon LLC, a first-of-its-kind conference featuring 120 thought leaders and subject matter experts from the sports, entertainment, and innovation sectors, is pleased to announce USA TODAY Sports as its presenting sponsor in collaboration with UNLV Sports Innovation Institute and Syracuse University's Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

This Is Reno

The two, six-week courses are designed to assist future and current contractors with the Nevada State Contractors Board licensing application, other construction topics. The Nevada Small Business Development Center at UNLV (Nevada SBDC) in conjunction with the Nevada State Contractors Board, UNLV Office of Economic Development, and the Small Business Administration, will offer free, in-person “Construction 1.0” and “Construction 2.0” workshops for future and current contractors.

Nevada Business

The Nevada Small Business Development Center at UNLV (Nevada SBDC) in conjunction with the Nevada State Contractors Board, UNLV Office of Economic Development, and the Small Business Administration, will offer free, in-person “Construction 1.0” and “Construction 2.0” workshops for future and current contractors.

Economic Development Experts

An expert on gaming and society, Bernhard has been featured on CNN, The Discovery Channel, the BBC, and The History Channel.
An accomplished economist, professor, and administrator in the fields of business and economic research.
An expert on small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurship.
An economist studying microeconometrics, economics of food security, health economics, and urban economics        

Recent Economic Development Accomplishments

The Department of Brain Health and the Office of Economic Development hosted the inaugural UNLV Innovation Day, an annual event that brought together UNLV researchers and industry professionals to discuss the growth and understanding of brain health, mental health, and the innovation brought together through science and experimentation. The…
Marta Soligo (Hospitality and Office of Economic Development) participated as a guest speaker at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Partnership Summit on March 6, 2024. During the event, Soligo shared insights from the research on sports tourism and outdoor recreation she is conducting with the team of the UNLV Tourism Development,…
Marta Soligo (Hospitality; Office of Economic Development) was interviewed by the online magazine iGamingBusiness on sports tourism in Las Vegas and the Super Bowl. She shared some thoughts on tourism diversification in Southern Nevada, the post-pandemic recovery, and the connection between business and leisure tourism.
Marta Soligo (Hospitality; Office of Economic Development) was interviewed by the Las Vegas Weekly. She shared with journalist Jason R. Latham some insights on current tourism trends in Las Vegas and aspects such as the experience economy, the term "bleisure" (business + leisure travel), and economic diversification.  
Marta Soligo (Office of Economic Development; Hospitality) was interviewed by Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy's leading newspaper in business and financial information, on the topic of tourism diversification in Las Vegas and Formula 1. Soligo described the ongoing research on spectator sports in Southern Nevada she is conducting with the UNLV Office…
On Nov. 10, Marta Soligo (Office of Economic Development and Hospitality) was invited as a guest speaker by the University of Insubria in Italy. She shared her research on film induced tourism, sustainability, and social justice with the students of the course of Destination Management and Marketing. During her lecture, Soligo explained the…