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Economic Development

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.

Members of the office’s staff are available to offer guidance on partnership opportunities, commercialization, and other services for both faculty and prospective external partners.

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Research Capabilities

Explore the expertise of UNLV faculty and the nature of campus core facilities, centers, and institutes.


Industry-Sponsored Research

Match faculty expertise with industry needs.

Technology Transfer & Economic Development

Technology Transfer & Economic Development

Learn about commercializing intellectual property.

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UNLV Research Foundation

Find out how the Research Foundation supports UNLV research and economic development in Southern Nevada.

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Nevada Small Business Development Center at UNLV (SBDC)

Learn about the small business development assistance provided to the local community and the surrounding region.


Zachary Miles

Associate Vice President for Economic Development
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Office: FDH 314
Mail Code: 1092
Phone: 702-895-0937

John Minnick

Business Development Officer
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Office: FDH 317
Phone: (702) 895-3146

Liz Lewis

Economic Development Manager
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Office: FDH 313
Mail Code: 1092
Phone: 702-895-4507

Donna Morell

Program Manager
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Office: FDH 314
Mail Code: 1092
Phone: 702-895-5200

Megan Svarz

Project Coordinator
Office: FDH 314
Mail Code: 1092
Phone: 702-895-5598

Melissa Manriquez

Project Assistant
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Office: FDH 330
Mail Code: 1092
Phone: 702-895-5345

James Timmins

Licensing Associate (NIPM)
Office: MSM-HRC 183
Mail Code: 4009
Phone: 702-895-1363
Fax: 702-895-1426

James Thomson

Special Advisor to the President for Regional Development
Office: FDH 313
Mail Code: 1092
Phone: 702-895-5980