News of Note

Recording of CLV Business Reopening and Preparedness Grant Webinar


The Downtown Vegas Alliance in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network recently hosted a webinar to help Las Vegas business owners learn about how they can apply for a grant from the city of Las Vegas to help purchase items they need to follow the Phase One reopening guidelines.   During this webinar, Bill Arent, Director city of Las Vegas, Economic & Urban Development Department, outlined the details of their Business Reopening and Preparedness Grant program and City Council members Brian Knudsen, Ward 1, and Olivia Diaz, Ward 3, answered questions.   This newly created program will provide companies with a city of Las Vegas business license a grant of up to $4,000 to cover reopening costs due to COVID-19 as part of the CARES Act funding.  Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are at the sole discretion of the city of Las Vegas. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE WEBINAR RECORDING. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY CLICK HERE FOR THE GRANT APPLICATION For additional questions, please contact the city’s call center at 702-229-CARE. Read More

Downtown Restaurants, Retail May Temporarily Extend Business To Sidewalk


City of Las Vegas to Allow Safe Sidewalk Dining and Shopping in Downtown Downtown Restaurants, Retail May Temporarily Extend Business To Sidewalk Effective immediately, the city of Las Vegas will allow downtown restaurants and retail establishments, which are operating under *Phases 1 and 2 of the governor’s orders, to provide outdoor dining and sidewalk sales on a temporary basis in downtown Las Vegas. View the map of the sidewalk retail and dining boundaries. Each business must follow the state of Nevada social distancing recommendations for tables, chairs and other furniture. Businesses must maintain a minimum of six feet from a “pedestrian path” at all times. Retail businesses and restaurants will be allowed to operate on the public sidewalk area, during their regular operating hours only. Some additional restrictions apply. For more detailed information visit For additional questions, please contact the city’s call center at 702-229-CARE. *Applicable State of Nevada Emergency Orders and Regulations Read More



NEVADA HEALTH RESPONSE RELEASES INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE FOR PHASE ONE REOPENING Nevada Health Response Center, in coordination with the Local Empowerment Advisory Panel (LEAP), released industry-specific guidance for Phase 1 reopening, in alignment with the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery. The guidance covers a wide-range of industries and was developed by the Local Empowerment Advisory Panel (LEAP) in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, public health officials and local health districts, business leaders, state agencies and state licensing and regulatory boards. On May 7th, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that Phase 1 reopening will being on Saturday, May 9. During Phase 1, businesses may open, but have to follow the business and sector-specific guidance that the LEAP and the State drafted. In line with the federally supported, state managed and locally executed response and recovery plan, county governments are empowered to tailor specific restrictions on business and public life, as long as those restrictions do not go below the standards the state has issued. Local government are also empowered with enforcing the standards. Businesses are also empowered to impose stricter social distancing requirements than the statewide standards, as they deem necessary or appropriate. And I encourage these businesses to communicate the standards appropriately to their customers. CLICK HERE for Industry Specific Guidelines for Reopening.   GUIDELINES INCLUDE: Agriculture Appliance and Furniture Showrooms Auto Dealerships Banking and Financial Services Barber Shops and Barber Schools Drive-In Operations Food Establishments General Office Environments Hair Care Salons Nail Care Salons Real Estate/Leasing Retail & Consumer Services Transportation, Couriers and Warehousing Read More



The Paycheck Protection Program is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This is a nearly $350-billion program intended to provide American small businesses with eight weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans. The Downtown Vegas Alliance is hosting a webinar featuring Joe Amato, District Director for the SBA’s Nevada District Office, to help businesses in Southern Nevada better understand how this program works and how it will benefit their operations. FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2020 AT 1:00 P.M. PST Click here to register! Read More



Las Vegas is facing an economic crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and is arguably one of the hardest hit markets in the nation. We have seen unprecedented closures of casinos, salons and services, museums and entertainment venues as a result of the order to temporarily close non-essential businesses in our community. Protective Force International will share their expertise on how to protect your business during this period of temporary shut-down and how you can keep your building and assets safe. You will also hear how businesses in the city of Las Vegas’ Redevelopment Zones can qualify for grants of up to $2,000 to secure their businesses during this crisis through their Business Protection Program Incentives which provides a unique opportunity for businesses and artists to connect together to provide a safe, clean and inspirational environment until our community reopens. FOR MORE INFORMATION:  REGISTER AT: Read More

  • Dayvid Figler and Rae Lathrop

    DF: Downtown was great as a kid and it is even greater as an adult. I love all of downtown’s hidden gems, its vibrancy, history and sense of connection. Rae is relatively newer to Las Vegas, but just as passionate about downtown. Downtown lends itself to the shared experience, and as a couple we both love seeing this part of the city through each other's eyes. Photo: Lucky Wenzel


  • Rob Ponte

    Some of the best nights I’ve experienced started out with no plan other than walking around to check out what’s going on. The great thing about having so many bars and restaurants downtown is the ability to move around if you’re not feeling the vibe in one place. There are plenty of options just outside the door. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Brandon Wiegand

    The downtown Las Vegas of today has much to attract residents - a burgeoning restaurant and nightlife scene, growing diversity of businesses, and major centers of art and culture. Plus, living downtown I am easily within walking or biking distance of it all. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Hank Gordon, Chairman of Laurich Properties

    It is always a pleasure to deal with the city of Las Vegas’ economic development department. The staff is really interested in helping create a positive business environment to work with.

  • Jonathan Jenkins, Founder & CEO of OrderWithMe

    As our company continues its rapid growth, we quickly realized the need to set up a formal U.S. headquarters. We explored multiple cities and were about to make the move to San Francisco, and then we heard about the complete reinvention of downtown Las Vegas. Coming from China where things are booming and growing, we love that downtown Vegas now has a similar vibe of energy and change. Not only is there an exciting tech community here and much lower costs than the Bay Area, but we love the fact that almost every industry group brings their conventions to our front door once a year.

  • Andy Hsieh, Owner of Lux Delux

    We love the vibrancy and energy of Las Vegas, and downtown is at the heart of it all. That's why we've launched our mobile platform with a focus on downtown. This is an exciting time in Las Vegas history, where community, commerce and technology are all converging at once. Downtown is our city's hidden gem.

  • Ramesh Srinivasan, Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Partnerships of SocialWellth

    We chose to relocate from the suburbs to downtown for several reasons. Our brand image and that of downtown’s mesh perfectly. The new downtown Las Vegas reflects a more hip, startup, social media-style image. Additionally, downtown’s emerging technology corridor, anchored by Zappos, is an environment that enhances our ability to recruit the types of technical skill sets required for our continued growth and success.

  • Mark Brandenburg, President of Golden Gate

    I think downtown Las Vegas is a unique blend of intimacy and great energy. Plus, in contrast to The Strip, it’s so easy to walk around…The Golden Gate has been here for over 100 years and with all the changes going on downtown, it feels like a new era. It truly is a renaissance—the rebirth of a classic.

  • Roberto Mendoza, Co-owner of Banger Brewing

    The city has been great in helping us with the licensing and procedures necessary to start a business. There hasn't been a brewery built in the city of Las Vegas for probably 10 years. So for them it hasn't been a typical ‘cut and paste’ thing. We're something different. It was a team work process to get us opened – a lot of talk and listening on both sides. And now the city started opening up the doors for other breweries once we were up and running. Good news for us and good news for the future. (Photo: Lucky Wenzel)

  • Alexandra Epstein, Executive Vice President of El Cortez Casino Hotel

    This downtown area… is emerging and where many events are happening.

  • Meghan Mossler, Owner of Stitch Factory

    The city and the department of economic development have been very helpful to us and all the other downtown business owners. It’s such a community here, and everyone asks you what you need. That kind of help launching a business is amazing and priceless.

  • Pamela Dylag, Co-owner of Velveteen Rabbit

    The city is so supportive of new businesses. Things are popping up constantly. (Photo: Lucky Wenzel)

  • Marc Abelman, CFO & Co-owner of Inside Style

    Downtown is becoming very much in demand…there’s a limited supply. Run fast, don’t walk.

  • Sam Cherry, CEO of Cherry Development

    For a while, downtown was one of the only places in the valley you would see cranes when you drove around. It was nice that city government stepped up and the private sector married with the public sector to create amazing projects that filled the gap. That was very important for us.

  • Johnny Jimenez, Owner of Toy Shack of Las Vegas

    Our business is booming amid the foot traffic on Fremont Street, and we’ve started to see how tourists are falling in love with downtown as they discover it. In the past year, we’re increasingly hearing things like, ‘Wow, next time we’ll stay downtown instead of on The Strip,’ or ‘We’ve visited downtown many times, but this is the first year we’ve actually stayed in a downtown hotel.’ They like that there is more to do within a smaller walking radius.

  • Rich Worthington, President and CEO of The Molasky Group of Companies

    Historically, downtown Las Vegas has not been a top destination for many locals, but in recent years… that trend is reversing itself. Given all the recent openings and progress, there’s much to explore and experience downtown.