Las Vegas conventions

Conventions scheduled for the Las Vegas area this week:

Location Dates Attendance

USS Morris (DD417) Veterans Military Reunion Golden Nugget Sept. 4-8 55

Vegas Bridal & Formal Market Tropicana Las Vegas Sept. 6-8 500

Air Force Navigators/Observers Association Reunion Tuscany Suites Sept. 6-8 100 Connections Convention and Trade Show 2011 Hilton Sept. 7-9 3,000

Contemporary Forums Case Management Conference Paris Las Vegas Sept. 7-13 300 Midwest Political Science Association CPP 2011 Rio Sept. 7-15 300

American Society Of Pain Educators Pain Forum The Cosmopolitan Sept. 7-10 500

Occupational & Environmental Medical Association Bellagio Sept. 8-11 350 Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive & Festival Flamingo Sept. 8-11 500 American Bar Association DOJ BJA Training Hard Rock Hotel Sept. 8-11 120

Hampton Senior Center Harrah’s Sept. 8-12 75

Reddee Travel & Tours Birthday Travel Harrah’s Sept. 8-11 50

Contemporary Forums Nurse Manager Conference Las Vegas Hilton Sept. 8-10 325 American Society for Surgery of the Hand Meeting Mandalay Bay Sept. 8-10 2,800

World Championship of Fantasy Football MGM Grand Sept. 8-11 1,800

Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals Meeting Rio Sept. 8-9 400

Zrii Inc. Regional Convention Rio Sept. 8-10 600 Consumer Attorneys Association of Convention Palazzo Sept. 8-11 1,400

Las Vegas Tall Club Social Weekend Tuscany Sept. 8-12 225

Sixth Annual Patient Safety in Obstetrics Wynn Las Vegas Sept. 8-10 150

PESI-Prof. Education Systems Psychopharmacology Embassy Suites Sept. 9-10 60

Vision Global Summer Meeting The Orleans Sept. 9-10 7,500

Contemporary Forums Fetus & Newborn 2011 Paris Las Vegas Sept. 9-12 500

Pulse Network Sales Meeting Planet Hollywood Resort Sept. 9-11 60

International Association of Reservation Executives Flamingo Sept. 10-14 100 Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics The Cosmopolitan Sept. 10-15 650 Women’s Foodservice Forum Executive Summit Bellagio Sept. 11-13 425

Perfect Wedding Guide PWG Conference Harrah’s Sept. 11-14 60 International Swizzle Stick Collectors Association Tuscany Sept. 11-15 30

Disc Jockey Association Education Conference Hilton Sept. 12-14 1,000

imX 2011 Las Vegas Convention Center Sept. 12-15 10,000

Pizza Pizza Conference Caesars Palace Sept. 12-15 100

Solution Tree/September Workshop 2011 Caesars Palace Sept. 12-13 100

Tortilla Industry Association Annual Convention Caesars Palace Sept. 12-13 400

American Supply Association Annual Convention Bellagio Sept. 13-16 400

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals The Cosmopolitan Sept. 13-18 700

Casualty Actuarial Society Aria Sept. 13-16 550

SuperZoo West 2011 Mandalay Bay Sept. 13-15 9,000

University Conference Services Planet Hollywood Resort Sept. 13-16 400

Wedding MBA Convention Las Vegas Convention Center Sept. 13-14 600

Interbike Expo 2011 Sands Expo Sept. 14-16 18,000

Nevada Independent Insurance Agents Harrah’s Sept. 14-16 60

University Learning Systems/Topics in Health Care Harrah’s Sept. 14-16 100

AG Communications LLC Medical Conference Rio Sept. 15-18 500

Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute Wingate by Wyndham Sept. 15-18 15

Association of Executive/Administrative Professionals Harrah’s Sept. 15-17 100

Contemporary Forums/Contraceptive Technology The Cosmopolitan Sept. 15-17 500

Knights of Pythias Nevada State Convention Fiesta Henderson Sept. 15-17 100

NACE International Corrosion Society Flamingo Sept. 15-23 500

The Myositis Association Annual Convention Flamingo Sept. 15-18 300

2011 Mr. Olympia Las Vegas Convention Center Sept. 16-17 30,000

United States Practical Shooting Association Desert Sportsman Park Sept. 16-20 500

Association of Minority/Women Owned Law Firms Bellagio Sept. 17-21 325

Softbrands/Fourth Shift User Conference Bally’s Sept. 17-24 27

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Nevada's venture capital money doesn't stay in state
Zach Miles, associate vice president for economic development for UNLV, said there’s venture money in Southern Nevada, “but trying to find the right groups to tap into for that money is different.” According to a 2017 report from the Kauffman Foundation, Las Vegas ranked number 34 out of 40 metropolitan areas for growth entrepreneurship, a metric of how much startups grow. With a lack of growing startups in Las Vegas, investment money is being sent outside of state borders. The southwest region of the U.S. received $386 million in funding in the second quarter, with about $25.2 million in Nevada. The San Francisco area alone received about $5.6 billion. (source: CB Insights)
Neon wraps can light up the night for advertising
Vinyl wrap company 5150 Wraps talks about neon wraps, a new technology that the company believes can boost advertising at night. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Nevada on the forefront of drone safety
Dr. Chris Walach, senior director of Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, talks to a reporter at NIAS's new Nevada Drone Center for Excellence of Public Safety, located inside the Switch Innevation Center in Las Vegas. K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto
Motel 8 on south Strip will become site of hotel-casino
Israeli hoteliers Asher Gabay and Benny Zerah bought Motel 8 on the south Strip for $7.4 million, records show. They plan to bulldoze the property and build a hotel-casino. Motel 8 was built in the 1960s and used to be one of several roadside inns on what's now the south Strip. But it looks out of place today, dwarfed by the towering Mandalay Bay right across the street.
Project billed as one of the world's largest marijuana dispensaries plans to open Nov. 1
Planet 13 co-CEO Larry Scheffler talks about what to expect from the new marijuana dispensary, Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Oasis Biotech opens in Las Vegas
Brock Leach, chief operating officer of Oasis Biotech, discusses the new plant factory at its grand opening on July 18. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
UNLV Tech Park innovation building breaks ground
Construction on the first innovation building at the UNLV Tech Park is underway. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Caesars Forum Meeting Center
Caesars broke ground Monday on its $375 million Caesars Forum Meeting Center (convention center) just east of the High Roller observation wheel. (Caesars Entertainment)
Technology reshapes the pawn shop industry
Devin Battersby attaches a black-colored device to the back of her iPhone and snaps several of the inside and outside of a Louis Vuitton wallet. The device, installed with artificial intelligence capabilities, analyzes the images using a patented microscopic technology. Within a few minutes, Battersby receives an answer on her app. The designer item is authentic.
Recreational marijuana has been legal in Nevada for one year
Exhale Nevada CEO Pete Findley talks about the one year anniversary of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Young adults aren't saving for retirement
Financial advisors talk about saving trends among young adults. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
President Trump’s tariffs could raise costs for real estate developers, analysts say
President Donald Trump made his fortune in real estate, but by slapping tariffs on imports from close allies, developers in Las Vegas and other cities could get hit hard.
Las Vegas business and tariffs
Barry Yost, co-owner of Precision Tube Laser, LLC, places a metal pipe into the TruLaser Tube 5000 laser cutting machine on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Nevada Film Office Connects Businesses To Producers
The director of the Nevada Film Office discusses its revamped locations database and how it will affect local businesses. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Opendoor isn't the typical house flipping company
Unlike most house flippers, the company aims to make money from transaction costs rather than from selling homes for more than their purchase price.
The Venetian gondoliers sing Italian songs
Gondolier Marciano sings a the classic Italian song "Volare" as he leads guests through the canals of The Venetian in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Building In Logandale
Texas homebuilder D.R. Horton bought 43 lots in rural Logandale. (Eli Segall/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Indoor farming in Southern Nevada
Experts discuss Nevada's indoor farming industry. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Fontainebleau could have become a Waldorf Astoria
Months after developer Steve Witkoff bought the Fontainebleau last summer, he unveiled plans to turn the mothballed hotel into a Marriott-managed resort called The Drew. But if Richard “Boz” Bosworth’s plans didn’t fall through, the north Las Vegas Strip tower could have become a Waldorf Astoria with several floors of timeshare units. (Eli Segall/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
LVCVA CEO Rossi Ralenkotter announces plans to retire
Rossi Ralenkotter, CEO of the LVCVA, on Tuesday confirmed a Las Vegas Review-Journal report that he is preparing to retire. Richard N. Velotta/ Las Vegas Review-Journal
Cousins Maine Lobster to open inside 2 Las Vegas Smith’s stores
Cousins Maine Lobster food truck company will open inside Las Vegas’ two newest Smith’s at Skye Canyon Park Drive and U.S. Highway 95, and at Warm Springs Road and Durango Drive. Cousins currently sells outside some Las Vegas Smith’s stores and at Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas home prices to continue to rise, expert says
Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, gives homebuyers a pulse on the Las Vegas housing market. (Eli Segall/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
NV Energy announces clean energy investment
The company is planning to add six solar projects in Nevada, along with the state's first major battery energy storage capacity. Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal
3 Mario Batali restaurants on Las Vegas Strip to close
Days after new sexual misconduct allegations were made against celebrity chef Mario Batali, his company announced Friday that it will close its three Las Vegas restaurants July 27. Employees of Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, B&B Ristorante and Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria, all located in The Venetian and Palazzo resorts, were informed of the decision Friday morning. Bastianich is scheduled to visit the restaurants Friday to speak to employees about the next two months of operation as well as how the company plans to help them transition to new positions.
Nevada has its first cybersecurity apprenticeship program
The Learning Center education company in Las Vegas has launched the first apprenticeship program for cybersecurity in Nevada. It was approved by the State Apprenticeship Council on May 15. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas union members voting to authorize the right to strike
Thousands of Las Vegas union members voting Tuesday morning to authorize the right to strike. A “yes” vote would give the union negotiating committee the power to call a strike anytime after June 1 at the resorts that fail to reach an agreement. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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