Federal Priorities

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The Vegas Chamber maintains a presence on federal issues through an engaged contract team at The Porter Group and by engaging on strategic priorities important to the growth and development of Nevada in the global economy. The Vegas Chamber has been instrumental in several federal issues in recent years, including the designation of Tule Springs as Nevada’s first national monument and the passage of Interstate 11, which will connect Phoenix and Las Vegas (the two largest cities in the U.S. not connected by an interstate).

First-ever Washington, D.C. Virtual Fly-in 2020 – It’s DC in LV! 

Thanks to all Vegas Chamber and Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance members who joined us for the first-ever Washington, D.C. Virtual Fly-in, held Sept. 14 to 17. Almost 100 members were “in the Zoom where it happens” all week, with dynamic speakers, engaging sessions and interactive tracks.

From keynote speakers such as Molly Ball and Frank Luntz to sessions led by U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Harold Kim to one-on-on time with the Nevada delegation, attendees were treated to insight that they cannot get anywhere else.

Special thanks to Exclusive Presenting Sponsor Cox Communications, and all sponsors involved with the DCinLV Fly-in!

We are excited to get back to Washington, D.C. in 2021 and hope you can join us!

You can view video content and updates on the event on the Chamber’s social media channels and on our photo gallery.

View the 2020 Photo Album


Working with the Department of Energy to Keep Nevada at the Forefront of Innovation

Vegas Chamber President & CEO, Mary Beth Sewald, hosted a roundtable on October 21, 2020 with the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary Paul Dabbar, Director Cheryl Ingstad, and Director Conner Proschaska to discuss issues of regional importance to both the DEO and Nevada’s business community, including Artificial Intelligence, energy demand, funding public-private ventures, the future of STEM workforce, and more.

Learn more here.

Federal Priorities and Areas of Focus:

  • Interstate 11 – Ensuring proper funding for this important infrastructure investment
  • Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository– Fighting against the nation’s nuclear waste being stored anywhere in Nevada, because of the potential negative impacts it could have on the safety and health of residents and visitors of Southern Nevada
  • International Tourism – Ensuring Southern Nevada’s core industry grows and remains a competitive international destination city
  • Southern Nevada Water Infrastructure – Studying and advocating for fair and strategic use of water and conservation resources
  • Homeland Security Funding – Ensuring that Nevada receives its fair share of federal dollars to protect its infrastructure
  • Marketplace Fairness Act – Leveling the playing field between traditional brick and mortar businesses and Internet commerce to ensure the state’s tax base is not eroded
  • Federal Grant Dollars in Nevada – Increasing Nevada’s share of federal dollars received for necessary programs and services for its citizens, essentially returning some of Nevada’s tax dollars back to the state.