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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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Campus News | May 31, 2023

UNLV gathers international experts to discuss emerging gaming industry issues, including the intersection of tourism, sports, and entertainment.

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Business and Community | May 15, 2023

New program assists early-stage companies by connecting them with a variety of resources to support their path to success. 

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Business and Community | May 1, 2023

UNLV is emerging as a national leader in fostering the economic mobility of its graduates. For Southern Nevada, that means a healthier middle class.

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Campus News | April 21, 2023

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

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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.

Economic Development In The News

May 31, 2023

Critics have said it is time to jettison “responsible gambling”, which is not working and may be causing more harm than good to the gaming industry and its customers.

Route Fifty
May 25, 2023

As more states legalize online gambling and sports betting and see revenues explode, they are turning to technology to monitor signs of addiction among users.

US Bets
May 24, 2023

According to 2022 data, the average age of a visitor to the city of Las Vegas is 40.7. Millennials visit Sin City more than any other generation, followed by Gen X, Gen Z, and baby boomers, in that order.

The Week
May 21, 2023

The legalization of sports betting is generating billions in revenue — and ruining lots of lives. Here's everything you need to know:

Vegas Inc
May 15, 2023

In a recent Mercedes-Benz commercial, a glossy car reflects a city’s bright lights, its driver gazing out the window at the streets rushing by. But the car was not shot in a city, nor did the video’s producers step foot in an outdoor setting.

Dyve Agency Audio
May 12, 2023

Dr. Brett Abarbanel is Executive Director the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, International Gaming Institute. Dr. Abarbanel's research explores the intersection of of gambling with esports, video games and traditional sports.

Economic Development Experts

An accomplished economist, professor, and administrator in the fields of business and economic research.
An expert on small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurship.
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        

Recent Economic Development Accomplishments

June 1, 2023
Marta Soligo (Economic Development) was interviewed for the Italian podcast DOI. In the episode, Soligo described her research on Italianness in Las Vegas' attractions, exploring the relationship between tourism, food, and identity. Moreover, she explained how a sociological approach can help researchers better understand topics such as the role…
May 15, 2023
On May 13, 2023, Marta Soligo (Office of Economic Development) was invited as a guest speaker for a webinar organized by the Kenya-based consulting company STTA-Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda. Soligo’s presentation, titled, “Film-Induced Tourism for a Responsible Future,” focused on the phenomenon of film tourism, touching on topics such as…
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…