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Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Receives Final Approval for Expansion and Renovation of Las Vegas Convention Center District

LAS VEGAS – Today, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)’s Board of Directors gave final approval for the expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center in a historic decision that secures Las Vegas’ position as the world’s premier business destination.

“Today marks a monumental occasion for not only the LVCVA but also the entire destination,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, LVCVA President and CEO. “We commend the foresight of our community and state leaders for recognizing the importance of the LVCCD and we are eager to get to work! We will ensure that the LVCVA continues to provide the world-class facility and experience our clients expect when they come to Las Vegas.”

Prior to being presented to the full LVCVA Board, the plan recently met the approval of both the Oversight Panel for Convention Centers in Clark County and the Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD) Committee, a sub-committee of the LVCVA Board of Directors.

LVCVA staff worked in partnership with Cordell Corporation principal Terry Miller, the agency’s contracted builder representative, to develop the vision for the expansion and renovation project.

Nevada State legislators and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval approved a bill during a 2016 special legislative session paving the way for development of the Las Vegas Convention Center District. The $1.4 billion project will add 600,000 square feet of new meeting space ensuring Las Vegas remains the No. 1 trade show destination for decades to come. The legislation established a 0.5 percentage point increase in Clark County’s room tax to help fund the Las Vegas Convention Center District. The legislative session followed a 14-month vetting process by the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, a group created by Governor Sandoval to review several projects critical to the future of Southern Nevada.

“Las Vegas has maintained its reputation as a leading destination for business travel because our destination has a long tradition of working together to make great strides that benefit both our visitors and those who call Southern Nevada home,” said Lawrence Weekly, chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Clark County Commissioner. “The LVCCD project is among the most thoroughly vetted, most approved projects in this region and it represents a tremendous opportunity to create jobs, support local families, stimulate our economy and continue to move Las Vegas forward.”

The convention center expansion and renovation is expected to support nearly 14,000 construction jobs and nearly 7,800 full-time permanent jobs upon completion.  The project will generate an additional $1.4 billion into the economy during construction and have an annual incremental economic impact of $810 million while attracting one million additional visitors each year.

The LVCCD expansion and renovation will be completed in a phased approach with a projected completion date of 2023. Phase 1 will be the construction of the new 1.4 million-square-foot expansion with 600,000 square feet of exhibit space and the accompanying meeting rooms and support space. This phase is projected to be complete by 2021. The second phase will be the complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot facility. The phased approach will ensure that no business will be displaced during the construction and renovation.

The project will allow the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to pursue new business opportunities while also growing the shows currently taking place in the destination. The LVCVA has identified 70 additional, new events, that could potentially be brought to the destination in the next decade. These 70 shows would grow the economic impact of Southern Nevada’s $12.4 billion meetings and conventions industry by nearly 50 percent.

Following the plan’s approval from the LVCVA Board, the organization will begin soliciting submittals of qualifications from local, regional and national architectural professionals. The request for qualifications will identify the criteria that must be met to be considered to provide design services for the LVCCD. Qualifying firms and/or teams will be asked to submit proposals detailing specific information regarding their approach to the project. Finalists will deliver public presentations in a Design Competition before a firm/team is selected. The LVCVA will also commence the selection process for a construction manager.

Parties interested in participating in development of the LVCCD should visit http://www.lvccdistrict.com/.

Las Vegas as a Business Destination 

- Las Vegas hosted nearly 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade shows in 2016.

- The destination boasts more than 11 million square feet of meeting space in addition to a wide array of event, dining and entertainment venues that are also used for group business.

- Trade Show News Network recently recognized Las Vegas as the No. 1 trade show destination in the country for the 23rd consecutive year for hosting 57 of the top 250 largest trade shows in North America.

- The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) hosts more than 22 percent of all convention attendees traveling to Southern Nevada.

- The facility directly supports 11,800 local jobs and $495.1 million in local wages and salaries.

- The LVCC hosted 73 events in 2015 with a combined attendance of 1.8 million people. These visitors generated $2.7 billion in total economic output in 2015.

The Las Vegas Convention Center District Moves Forward with Unveiling of New Diamond Lot

LAS VEGAS -- Today, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) unveiled the Diamond Lot—its new parking and outdoor exhibition space. The launch finalizes Phase I of the Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD) project.

Dignitaries and other invited guests gathered to celebrate the new lot occupying the former Riviera Hotel & Casino site. The event included presentations from LVCVA president/CEO Rossi Ralenkotter and Consumer Technology Association President Gary Shapiro.

“The Diamond Lot represents the first step in our commitment to Las Vegas’ future with the expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center,” said Ralenkotter. “The development of the Las Vegas Convention Center District will provide our clients with the premier facility they want and need, and it will support thousands of jobs and increased economic activity in our community.”

The exclusive event was held one day ahead of CES® 2017, the largest trade show in North America. This year’s show is expected to attract more than 165,000 attendees and will be the first trade show to make use of the new outdoor space.

In October 2016, the Nevada State Legislature approved legislation to help fund the expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The project will add 600,000 square feet of exhibit space, new meeting rooms and other amenities; as well as renovating the entire existing property. The project will continue to cement Las Vegas as North America’s premier business destination, allowing shows to grow in both square footage and attendance. The development of the state-of-the-art facility is expected to generate more than 13,800 construction jobs and support 7,800 full-time permanent jobs.

The 26.36-acre Diamond Lot includes:

- 20 acres of available outdoor exhibit space

- 3,100 parking spaces

- Three acres of landscaped walkways

- Four vehicle access locations

- 1,800 amps of power in four locations on the parking/outdoor exhibit space

- Telecommunications and property-wide surveillance capabilities

Nevada Lawmakers Approve Legislation Securing the Future of Southern Nevada’s Tourism Industry

Las Vegas Convention Center District and Stadium Projects to create thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars for Southern Nevada’s economy

LAS VEGAS – Today marks a historic moment in the history of Nevada as state legislators voted to move forward with two projects, the expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the development of domed football stadium, that will propel Southern Nevada forward on the national stage, while creating jobs and boosting the economy.

“Tourism is Nevada’s number one economic driver, employing nearly half of the people who call Southern Nevada home and this decision represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Southern Nevada,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, LVCVA President and CEO. “Our destination thrives on evolution and reinvention and we commend the bold decision by the Nevada Legislature and Governor Sandoval to approve these two monumental projects that position our destination to remain a leading tourism destination for decades to come.”

Nevada State lawmakers approved a bill during a special legislative session paving the way for development of the Las Vegas Convention Center District, a $1.4 billion project that will add 600,000 square feet of new meeting space and secure Las Vegas’ position as the world’s premier business destination. The bill also included provisions for the development of a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat stadium that could house the University of Nevada, Las Vegas football team as well as a potential professional football franchise and a variety of special events.

The legislation calls for a 0.5 percentage point increase in Clark County’s room tax to help fund the Las Vegas Convention Center District as well as an additional .88 percentage point room tax increase to support development of the stadium.

Combined, the convention center expansion and stadium projects are expected to create more than 14,000 jobs and pump one point four billion dollars into the economy. The two projects will have an annual incremental economic impact of $1.43 billion and will attract one million additional visitors each year.

The projects were vetted by the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure committee before the special legislative session was called to order. The group was created by Governor Sandoval to review several projects critical to the future of Southern Nevada. After conducting more than a dozen meetings over the course of 14 months, the committee recommended the convention center expansion, stadium and police proposals move forward for consideration by the Nevada state legislature to determine funding and next steps.

Overall, the tourism industry continues to be crucial to Southern Nevada’s economy generating nearly $52 billion in total economic impact, supporting 368,900 jobs and $14.9 billion in local wages and salaries. These jobs represent 41-percent of Southern Nevada’s total workforce.

The Las Vegas Convention Center District expansion will allow the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to pursue new business opportunities while also growing the shows currently taking place in the destination.

Las Vegas as a Business Destination

  • Las Vegas hosted nearly 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade shows in 2015.

  • The destination boasts more than 11 million square feet of meeting space in addition to a wide array of event, dining and entertainment venues that are also used for group business.

  • Trade Show News Network recently recognized Las Vegas as the No. 1 trade show destination in the country for the 22nd consecutive year for hosting 54 of the top 250 largest trade shows in North America.

  • The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) hosts 22 percent of all convention attendees traveling to Southern Nevada.

  • The facility directly supports 9,400 local jobs and $379 million in local wages and salaries.

  • The LVCC hosted 49 events in 2015 with a combined attendance of 1.3 million people. These visitors generated $2.1 billion in total economic output in 2015.

In addition to the Las Vegas Convention Center District and stadium proposals, Nevada’s legislators also voted in support of a separate bill that would allow the Clark County Commission to raise its sales tax to add additional police resources to the destination.