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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 2, 2022

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

UNLV students pose with check after winning innovation challenge
Campus News | April 7, 2022

UNLV launches new challenge for Rebels with an entrepreneurial eye, encourages interdisciplinary problem-solving.

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

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

a teacher and student in a classroom
Campus News | March 7, 2022

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

Nurses using medical syringes
Business and Community | December 28, 2021

A yearlong collection of headlines featuring innovative ideas, discoveries, and partnerships to move Southern Nevada forward.

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Campus News | December 8, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring research and accomplishment at UNLV.

Economic Development In The News

Marketplace
May 13, 2022

After a rocky 2020, when lockdowns kept casinos closed or operating under restrictions, the gambling industry has recovered, and then some. Commercial gaming revenue – that includes in-person gambling, online gambling and sports betting – set an all time record in March, taking in more than $5.3 billion, according to the American Gaming Association.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
May 11, 2022

The Entertainment Capital of the World has been a draw for families with children during the pandemic, and hospitality insiders have differing opinions on whether tourists with little ones will keep flocking to Las Vegas.

New York Times
April 28, 2022

After a long-held stiff arm to Las Vegas, the N.F.L. has in short order selected the city to host a Pro Bowl, a Super Bowl and a draft.

New York Times
April 28, 2022

After a long-held stiff arm to Las Vegas, the N.F.L. has in short order selected the city to host a Pro Bowl, a Super Bowl and a draft.

Carson Now
April 25, 2022

Inflation was top of mind for economists and housing experts on Wednesday, as they shared their predictions for the future of the national and Southern Nevada economy at an event hosted by the UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER).

Las Vegas Sun
April 21, 2022

Las Vegas visitor volume has steadily increased since the pandemic lows of early 2020, but economic researchers from UNLV predict tourist activity will dip next year.

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…