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"I believe it’s the greatest accomplishment that any of the grand casino folks have ever done."
- Bo Bernhard, VP Economic Development, UNLV, says of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. He calls the property a “monumental achievement” that the Las Vegas-based company created something iconic and welcomed in a place that doesn’t let anything or anyone in. - Friday, June 14, 2024.
"I think whether it’s a poll for Biden or a poll that’s for Trump, you need to look at it skeptically right now."
- Annette Magnus, Founder, AM Solutions, says it’s too early to know where the electorate in Nevada stands, adding there are additional factors that need to play out with Trump’s court cases and Biden’s handling of the economy before we can look at polling. Warren Hardy, Principal, The Hardy Consulting Group, agrees, later explaining it will be difficult to read any polls this cycle because we have “two candidates that aren’t very popular with the public.” - Thursday, June 13, 2024.
"People are ready for a significant change."
- Michelle Romero, Mayor of Henderson, NV, says on the upcoming election cycle. She says former president Trump’s lead in Nevada could have a significant impact on the whole ticket. - Wednesday, June 12, 2024.
"I want to make sure that we as our Rebel community are humane and remember our humanity to one another."
- Keith Whitfield, President UNLV, says of the small protests on campus over the Middle Eastern conflict. He adds we should be civil to one another and promote healthy discussions, later explaining university faculty are turning this into an educational moment to help students fully understand the history of the situation. - Tuesday, June 11, 2024.
"That, to us, represented a new tax base."
- Ryann Juden, Former City Manager, North Las Vegas, says they surpassed their goal by an additional 40 million square feet of new concrete in the city, representing new businesses that could come into the area and could pay a “healthy amount of revenues in order to support city services.” He explains all of this as the approach they took to turn North Las Vegas around by growing a new tax base through attracting businesses to strategic areas. - Friday, June 7, 2024.
"There is a lot of growth going on in Northern Nevada right now."
- Doug Cannon, President and CEO, NV Energy, says the favorable business, tax, and electric environments are attracting big data centers to the area. He explains we need to double our electric load to 4,000 megawatts to accommodate the data centers’ demands, adding they’re working with regulators to ensure infrastructure can be built and assess exact electricity requirements needed by the centers. - Thursday, June 6, 2024.
"We kind of suspected quite some time ago that eventually there was going to be a closure."
- Rick Velotta, Tourism and Gaming Reporter, Las Vegas Review Journal, says of the recent news that the Mirage Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip will cease operations on July 17 for a multi-year renovation. - Wednesday, June 5, 2024.
"Average is a losing proposition."
- John Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority, says this past average winter is “not fantastic news,” explaining we’re going to lose about 15 feet in Lake Mead’s elevation by the end of this year. He says we need “above average” winters or for everybody to use less water. - Tuesday, June 4, 2024.
"Tourism is a big part of the economy of these small towns."
- Stavros Anthony, Lt. Governor, Nevada, says he wants Nevadans, Americans and the rest of the world to spend money in rural Nevada towns to support local families and their tourism businesses. He explains we often forget about rural areas, especially encouraging legislators to visit these towns and talk to locals. - Friday, May 31, 2024.
"Education is the only thing that’s holding us back from being a top state."
- Tick Segerblom, Chair, Clark County Commission, says until we improve schools, we’re never going to be able to diversify our economy by bringing in more companies. He explains we have to spend more effort on our schools, later adding our “education system is woefully inadequate.” - Thursday, May 30, 2024.
"As much as they want to pretend like we’re not in the race, boy, are we."
- Dr. Jeff Gunter, Republican Candidate for US Senate, says the campaign is going “tremendously well.” He explains they’re gaining popular support as people realize the campaign is a “breath of fresh air.” - Wednesday, May 29, 2024.
"The lands bills are the answer to so much."
- Sam Shad, Nevada Newsmakers, explains passing a lands bill in Nevada would solve not only housing and affordable housing issues, but also benefit economic development. He earlier explains he doesn’t think we’ll see a lands bill passed during this Congress. - Tuesday, May 28, 2024.
"They’re throwing lemons at him, and he’s turning them into lemonade."
- Don Ahern, Chairman, Ahern Family of Companies, says in regards to the lawsuits against Donald Trump. He says “they’re taking their shot” against the former president, adding he thinks they’re going to be the reason Trump gets re-elected. - Friday, May 24, 2024.
"That was a real black hole for us as the legislature."
- Steve Yeager, Speaker of the Nevada Assembly, says of education spending. He explains the new accountability and transparency measures will ensure money is being spent wisely and to increase student outcomes. - Thursday, May 23, 2024.
"Theoretically, the city is bankrupt."
- Sig Rogich, President Rogich Communications, says about Las Vegas in regards to the Badlands lawsuit, which could be over $1 billion. He says it’s going to be very challenging for the next mayor to get a handle on the lawsuit. - Wednesday, May 22, 2024.
"That’ll have a big effect on the down ticket across the state."
- Sig Rogich, President Rogich Communications, discusses recent poll numbers indicating Donald Trump is favored in Nevada. He doesn’t think the former president will win the state by 12 or 13, rather if he wins by 6 or 8, that is still a landslide by today’s definition. - Tuesday, May 21, 2024.
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