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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

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Research | February 14, 2023

A polymer created by a longtime chemistry professor can lower the risk of fires when used as a component of lithium-ion batteries.

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Campus News | February 10, 2023

More internships on the horizon for students interested in sports entertainment careers, thanks to a privately funded program.

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

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Campus News | December 5, 2022

A roundup of students and faculty whose innovation and expertise made news headlines.

lithium mine pools with mountains in background
Research | November 29, 2022

With a rich store of lithium in our lands, the state has a chance to capitalize on the ever-growing demand for clean energy. Here’s how we can ensure this boom doesn’t go bust.

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Business and Community | November 16, 2022

The UNLV Libraries Patent & Trademark Resource Center, Powered by Switch hosted a grand opening Nov. 15.

Economic Development In The News

March 31, 2023

New research by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas International Gaming Institute (IGI) suggests that identifying patterns of behavior when people pay for gaming services can eventually support responsible gambling efforts, as it might help detect at-risk players. The study was conducted based on data provided by various payment technology and software providers.

Las Vegas Sun
March 24, 2023

Problem gambling can be considered an “invisible disease” because of its potential to go unnoticed for long periods of time — during which its impact only grows deeper and more dangerous, said Alan Feldman, distinguished fellow in responsible gaming at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute.

March 23, 2023

In some ways, video games and gambling couldn't be more different: Success in video games comes down to skill, whereas gambling relies heavily on chance.

GGB News
March 21, 2023

With the introduction of online casinos and sports betting in Pennsylvania, the quantity of contacts with the helpline for problem gambling have more than doubled.

Nevada Current
March 21, 2023

Nevada is failing to keep pace with other states in the race to approve new games and technology, Gov. Joe Lombardo asserted during his state of the state speech in January, and now regulators are responding. On Tuesday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board will hear industry suggestions for upping its game.  

March 13, 2023

Brian Hatch says it's been more than eight years since he last placed a bet. Hatch isn't afraid to take those who tune in to his podcast, "All In: The Addicted Gambler's podcast," back to the lowest parts of his life. For more than a dozen years, he says, he spent multiple nights a week, many times until 5 a.m., at casino blackjack tables.

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Recent Economic Development Accomplishments

April 12, 2022
Marta Soligo (International Gaming Institute and Sociology) published the chapter "Playing with Heritage: Gambling and Venice's Tradition" in The Casino, Card and Betting Game Reader: Communities, Cultures and Play (Bloomsbury Publishing). The chapter focuses on heritage tourism and gambling in Venice, centering around topics such as collective…
January 27, 2022
Jay Vickers (Economic Development) chief business and revenue officer for UNLV’s Sports Research & Innovation Initiative, was named to the advisory council for the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Game Changers United.  The newly created seven-member council of athletics leaders and former U.S. Soccer national team members will work alongside the…
December 8, 2021
Sojeong Lee, Toni Repetti, Ashok Singh (all Hospitality) and Bo Bernhard (Economic Development and International Gaming Institute) have published an article, "The Impacts of a Smoking Ban on Gaming Volume in a South Korea Casino," in The Journal of Gaming Business and Economics. The number of countries and cities implementing smoking bans has…
October 22, 2021
Tiange Xu (Hospitality) received a $3,000 research stipend award from UNLV's International Gaming Institute and the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling for his research study examining problem gambling and mental health disorders in Nevadan university students. His mentors for the project are Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) and…
August 30, 2021
Andrea "Andi" Dassopoulos (International Gaming Institute) has been awarded $355,000 in fiscal year funding to continue her work with the Nevada Problem Gambling Project and responsible gambling awareness. 
April 28, 2021
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute and William F. Harrah Hotel College) published an article, "Crisis management practices in the hospitality and gambling industry during COVID-19" in International Hospitality Review in collaboration with coauthors and International Gaming Institute colleagues Brett Abarbanel, Marta…