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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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Business and Community |

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

The Las Vegas strip as seen on Super Bowl weekend (Josh Hawkins/UNLV).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories and highlights featuring UNLV students and faculty.

Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, United States. It is also referred to as the "east rim of the Grand Canyon.”
Campus News |

UNLV, regional academic partners awarded milestone 'Engines' grant from NSF to translate sustainability ideas into tangible technologies.

a UNLV football helmet placed on the turf with an Allegiant Stadium sign and empty bleachers visible in the background
Campus News |

As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

A boat sails along the water at Lake Mead with the bathub ring and mountains pictured in the background
Research |

National Science Foundation to establish a Regional Innovation Engine, a first-of-its-kind program to create focused research and technology transfer hubs.
 

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Business and Community |

Longtime initiative expands with vote from NSHE regents; interdisciplinary institute advances sports science, business, and performance while supporting booming sports economy and workforce.  

Economic Development In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal

UNLV is looking to cash in on the positive momentum of development in the southwest Las Vegas Valley to lure high-profile companies to its tech park in the area.

Las Vegas Sun

Management at the South Point last March moved its annual NCAA Tournament viewing party from its usual 20,000 square-foot space to a venue four times that size, offering guests a unique experience to watch and bet on the action at the resort’s “Most Massive Madness Party in Las Vegas.”

Las Vegas Sun

Management at the South Point last March moved its annual NCAA Tournament viewing party from its usual 20,000 square-foot space to a venue four times that size, offering guests a unique experience to watch and bet on the action at the resort’s “Most Massive Madness Party in Las Vegas.”

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Agua Caliente Casinos’ Rancho Mirage resort is set to host the Casino Esport Conference (CEC) next week, running from March 19 to 21. Founded by brothers Ben and Ari Fox, the 2024 CEC Live integrates esports, virtual and augmented reality, table games, and new forms of entertainment.

Las Vegas Review Journal

In order to attract businesses to relocate to Southern Nevada, economic development agencies need to start going “spearfishing,” a economic development leader told lawmakers. 

Las Vegas Weekly

Fifth-generation Nevadan Bo Bernhard is vice president of economic development and a professor at UNLV and served as the inaugural research director at the UNLV International Gaming Institute. His great great grandfather was a card dealer in Dust Bowl-era Texas and Oklahoma who got tired of ending up on the wrong side of the law while working and moved to Las Vegas. His own family’s story, Bernhard says, is an example of how gambling and tourism have resulted in many different people deciding to live and work in Las Vegas, and these days, “the stuff attracting people is more mainstream. The NFL is something that’s beloved, and you can find it in 32 locales across the United States.”

Economic Development Experts

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

Recent Economic Development Accomplishments

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…
Bo Bernhard and Marta Soligo (both Office of Economic Development and Hospitality) were interviewed by the Las Vegas-Review Journal on the role of the "fun economy" in Southern Nevada. Focusing on the intersection between tourism, entertainment, and sports, they highlighted the importance of economic diversification in Las Vegas. While reflecting…