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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 | October 12, 2021

UNLV Small Business Development Center offers lifeline to local companies and entrepreneurs navigating economic uncertainty.

Professor, standing next to humanoid robot, leading a tour of office space
Business and Community | October 1, 2021

UNLV Incubator at Hughes Center will help students bridge the gap between a big idea and a marketable business.

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Business and Community | September 28, 2021

Housekeeping robots and meltable bedsheets are no longer the stuff of sci-fi. Here's how UNLV and industry partners are helping to steady a shaken hospitality industry through innovative product development.

Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

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Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

Research | November 16, 2020

UNLV, UNR team up to help tech entrepreneurs earn federal funds for early-stage business development.

Economic Development In The News

ExBulletin
November 29, 2021

The idea of ​​helping UNLV turn UNLV into a hotbed of hospitality innovation started making pizza with friends.

ExBulletin
November 29, 2021

The idea of ​​helping UNLV turn UNLV into a hotbed of hospitality innovation started making pizza with friends.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 29, 2021

An idea to help transform UNLV into a hotbed for hospitality innovation started cooking over a pizza between friends.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 29, 2021

An idea to help transform UNLV into a hotbed for hospitality innovation started cooking over a pizza between friends.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 24, 2021

Emily Johnson said she doesn’t know what to expect for Small Business Saturday, but with a 2-month-old clothing boutique in downtown Las Vegas, she heard it’s been called “Santa Saturday.”

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
November 22, 2021

Throughout the next few days, the team at Humboldt Sweets will bake nearly 150 pumpkin cream and chocolate cream pies.

Economic Development Experts

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An accomplished economist, professor, and administrator in the fields of business and economic research.

Recent Economic Development Accomplishments

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...
March 7, 2017
Zach Miles (Economic Development) received $300,000 from the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada to support the development of advanced mobility research and events. He will work with the RTC to explore, understand, pilot, and deploy advances in mobility. Miles will also provide guidance to state, regional, and local...
November 3, 2015
Sue DiBella (Division of Research and Economic Development) co-edited a recently published book titled Implementing a Comprehensive Research Compliance Program: A Handbook for Research Officers with Aurali Dade (George Mason University) and Lori Olafson (Office of Research Integrity). DiBella also authored a chapter titled, “Communication Issues...