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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 | 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.

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Business and Community | October 7, 2022

Students gain workforce-ready training and experience for much-in-demand cybersecurity jobs.

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Business and Community | September 23, 2022

UNLV joins with other major universities in the West to create a collaborative hub to assist researchers in commercializing their work and to promote economic development.

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

Economic Development In The News

Nevada Independent
November 23, 2022

It wasn’t a good weekend for the sports betting industry. On Sunday, DraftKings revealed that hackers stole some $300,000 in customer funds through a series of compromising moves to wagering accounts, which led to unauthorized bank withdrawals. DraftKings is committed to paying customers any money lost in illegal intrusions.

Associated Press
November 14, 2022

The effort to legalize sports betting in California ran headlong into a typical challenge for competing ballot measures as each was battered in a torrent of negative advertising that doomed both to spectacular failure in the most expensive ballot race in U.S. history.

U.S. News & World Report
November 10, 2022

The effort to legalize sports betting in California ran headlong into a typical challenge for competing ballot measures as they were battered by negative advertising that doomed both to spectacular failure in the most expensive ballot race in U.S. history.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 7, 2022

Business owner Myles Bunch grew up in Las Vegas’ Historic Westside, and his family used to operate the now-closed restaurant and lounge Chez Place.

November 3, 2022

One of the toughest projects any city can undertake is lifting up a blighted area.

October 31, 2022

Esports debuted in a traditional online sportsbook back in 2009. Since then, Esports has developed into a billion-dollar industry, thanks to the growth of streamers leading to increased audiences and more sponsorship revenue.

Economic Development Experts

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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…