Oct 28

Past Event

Megapolitan Las Vegas: One of America’s Newest Metropolitan Places and a Federal Partnership to Help It Prosper

Event Materials



  • Brian Greenspun

    Greenspun says now is the time for innovative and positive action to ensure Nevada''s growth and development well into the future.

  • Robert Lang

    Lang says Las Vegas can foster continued growth if it builds upon some of the basic opportunities that its hospitality market attracts to the region.

    Robert E. Lang

  • Mark Muro

    Muro says while Las Vegas has a vision for the future, it doesn''t have the full power, resources or flexibility to take all necessary steps to ensure that it continues to grow and prosper.

    Mark Muro

  • Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)

    Senator Reid says Nevada needs to attract more projects and jobs the state and adds that tax incentives and are one of the key inducements that Nevada needs to offer to businesses.


The Metro Program’s ongoing Intermountain West initiative gained new momentum with a major event in Las Vegas at which Fellow and Policy Director Mark Muro and Nonresident Senior Fellow Rob Lang reviewed the recent Brookings report “Mountain Megas" to inform a free-wheeling discussion of ways “megapolitan” leaders in the West can reorient the federal-state-mega partnership in order to address common challenges and shared opportunities.

The October 24 forum, co-sponsored by the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, brought together 150 Las Vegas-area government and business leaders—what the Las Vegas Sun referred to as a “who’s who of Southern Nevada.” Included among the participants were Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, UNLV President David Ashley, Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid, and Brookings Trustee and Sun Editor Brian Greenspun.

Although Sen. Reid stopped short of endorsing calls for the creation of an Intermountain West congressional caucus, he encouraged new inter-state contacts among leaders of the five southern Rockies states and their megapolitan areas to amplify the region’s voice on critical issues pending in Congress, ranging from infrastructure to energy, water, and climate change. Participants eagerly embraced such work. Greenspun; Harrah’s Entertainment’s Thom Reilly; Jacob Snow of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada; and Pat Mulroy, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority all expressed keen interest in expanding five-state contacts to seek common cause, particularly on transportation and infrastructure. For his part, UNLV’s Ashley proposed hosting a five-state leadership meeting in spring 2009 to advance multi-state collaboration.

Event Resources:

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Event Agenda

  • Welcome

    • Thom Reilly

      Harrah’s Foundation

    • David B. Ashley

      President, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • Opening Remarks

    • Brian Greenspun

      President, The Greenspun Corporation

      Editor and Publisher, The Las Vegas Sun

    • Rory Reid

      Chairman, Clark County (NV) Commission

  • Response

    • Jacob Snow

      General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

    • Michael W. Yackira

      President and CEO, NV Energy

    • Neal Smatresk

      Executive Vice President and Provost

      University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    • Pat Mulroy

      General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority

  • Policy Dialogue

    • Harry Reid

      Majority Leader, U.S. Senate

      U.S. Senator, State of Nevada


October 28, 2008

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

UNLV Foundation Building, Blasco Event Wing


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