Press Release
Economic Diversification Conference to be Held
at UNLV, Jan. 7, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada - December 29, 2010

For decades, Nevadans have attempted to diversify the state's economy beyond tourism, construction and mining. While those industries have made Nevada the fastest growing state in the nation, that lack of diversity has also left the economy perilously exposed. As a result, Nevada now has the dubious honor of leading the nation in unemployed workers and home foreclosures.

On January 7, business, political and educational leaders will meet to explore options to revive and diversify Nevada's economy.

The conference, Nevada 2.0: New Economies for a Sustainable Future, will be held in the Student Union Ballroom at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The conference, hosted by  will include interactive panel discussions and will examine similar economic diversification efforts from nearby states.

Scheduled speakers and moderators include:

  • Tom Clark, executive vice president, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation & Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Todd Hardy, associate vice president, economic affairs, Arizona State University
  • Steven Hill, vice president & general manager, CalPortland
  • Somer Hollingsworth, president & CEO, Nevada Development Authority
  • Steven Horsford, Nevada State Senate Majority Leader
  • Stan Jones, founder & president, Complete College America
  • Brian Krolicki, Lt. Governor, State of Nevada
  • Dr. Robert Lang, UNLV director, Brookings Mountain West
  • Ted McAleer, executive director, USTAR (Utah Science, Technology and Research initiative)
  • Jack Mills, director, National Network of Sector Partners, Insight Center for Community Economic Development
  • Terry Murphy, president, Strategic Solutions
  • John Oceguera, Nevada State Assembly Speaker
  • Mike Rosa, vice president, Regional Development, Dallas Regional Chamber
  • Philip G. Satre, chairman of the board of International Gaming Technology; chairman of board of directors of NV Energy

Click here to view the full conference agenda.

Please note that attendance at Nevada 2.0 is free, but pre-registration is required to guarantee a seat. There will be no on-site registration.

About Nevada System of Higher Education

The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of the nation's fastest growing state. The NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 110,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.

Nevada 2.0

When: Friday, January 7, 2011


Where: Student Union Ballroom, UNLV


Agenda & Registration Information: http://nv20.unlv.edu/


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John Kuhlman
Nevada System of Higher Education
(702) 871-0200
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