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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

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.

UNLV Engineering team's robot shaking hands with student
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.

group stands before ribbon at ceremony
Business and Community | November 16, 2022

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

point-of-sale machine screen with finger pointing at "security"
Business and Community | October 7, 2022

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

 
individual working on HVAC system
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.
 

Economic Development In The News

Sports Handle
February 3, 2023

The allure of a “risk-free bet” feels obvious. What better way to join a sports betting platform than with a wager that doesn’t carry any risk? In recent years, new bettors were inundated with marketing materials from mobile sportsbook operators about “risk-free” sign-up bonuses. Customers loved the offers, and operators used the phrasing to attract new customers in competitive state markets, but after regulatory pushback operators are moving away from the risk-free term.

US Bets
February 2, 2023

Gaming Society, a relatively new company focused on inclusivity in sports betting and co-founded by Kevin Garnett, added Derek Jeter, Sheryl Swoopes, and Chelsea Gray to its advisory board of directors last week. The big-name additions come on the heels of the formation of a partnership between Gaming Society and UNLV’s International Gaming Institute (IGI) that will seek to better understand the behavior of female sports bettors.

US Bets
February 2, 2023

Gaming Society, a relatively new company focused on inclusivity in sports betting and co-founded by Kevin Garnett, added Derek Jeter, Sheryl Swoopes, and Chelsea Gray to its advisory board of directors last week. The big-name additions come on the heels of the formation of a partnership between Gaming Society and UNLV’s International Gaming Institute (IGI) that will seek to better understand the behavior of female sports bettors.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
January 31, 2023

The year 2022 was good for gambling and tourism in Nevada, where winnings at casinos statewide set calendar year records and Las Vegas visitor tallies nearly reached levels before the coronavirus pandemic. “Las Vegas enjoyed a robust recovery trajectory across core tourism indicators in 2022,” the regional Convention and Visitors Authority said in a report summarizing December and year-end visitor volume figures on Tuesday.

Reno Gazette Journal
January 31, 2023

The year 2022 was good for gambling and tourism in Nevada, where winnings at casinos statewide set calendar year records and Las Vegas visitor tallies nearly reached levels before the coronavirus pandemic.

Yahoo!
January 31, 2023

The year 2022 was good for gambling and tourism in Nevada, where winnings at casinos statewide set calendar year records and Las Vegas visitor tallies nearly reached levels before the coronavirus pandemic.

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…