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Welcome to Downtown News of Note (formerly known as Noteworthy), a monthly e-newsletter about, for and by all who are passionate about Downtown Las Vegas.  Enjoy! Interested in getting Downtown News of Note straight to your inbox each month? Sign up here! Photo: Erin O’Boyle Photographics Read More



This summer, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health celebrates its fifth anniversary of offering treatment, research opportunities and no-cost social services to families in Las Vegas living with degenerative brain disorders.  The center was founded by Larry Ruvo to provide world class care to his fellow Nevadans who he believed shouldn’t have to tolerate the stress he and his mother underwent in caring for his father, Lou, who died of Alzheimer’s. Today, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s medical providers have managed 50,000 patient visits and its social services team has provided no-cost education and support to more than 3,000 individuals who have accessed more than 15,000 visits to patient and family service programs.  At the time of its opening, the core disease treated by the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was Alzheimer’s. Today, the center also treats Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, multiple system atrophy and multiple sclerosis.  In just five years, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has served our community by: Joining Cleveland Clinic, one of the country’s top four hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of best hospitals Building one of the largest Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials program in the country with more than 30 trials Employing five of the 10 best neurologists listed in Las Vegas Life magazine’s 2012 and 2013 Top Doctors  Providing more than 8,000 hours of free education to students ranging from K-12 field trips through medical residents Photo: On July 13, 2009, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s first patient, Randy Capurro, accompanied by wife, Netty, is welcomed by then Mayor Oscar Goodman and Keep Memory Alive Chairman and Founder Larry Ruvo More information is online at  Read More



A new portal website, providing information, resources and links about working, living and playing in our city – all in one convenient online location – debuts this summer.    The new website,, will be a resource for many types of information. “Whether you’re looking to relocate your business to Las Vegas or just plan your weekend, will be the place to do it,” noted Patrick Sinnott, business development manager for the city of Las Vegas Economic and Urban Development Department. The consumer-friendly site, being launched by the city of Las Vegas, features a fun and modern design, plenty of images, event listings, fun facts, links to business resources, information on housing and more.    “Our goal is to make learning about downtown easy.  From business incentives and assistance programs to cultural events and hospitality listings, the new site is a great first stop for anyone wanting to know more about our city,” Sinnott said. Photo: Screenshot of home page courtesy of Adlava Read More



The Modern LV is one of the most exciting projects on the downtown drawing board right now, with a strong leadership roster, including Brett Sperry, and several other dedicated partners including Julie Murray, Brian “Paco” Alvarez, Tim Bavington, Katie O’Neill, Tina Quigley, and many other community leaders.  The complex is planned for two acres in the growing downtown arts district and a $29 million capital campaign is currently underway to make it a reality. The goal is to break ground in 2015 and open the museum in late 2017. Envisioned as an inspiring institution dedicated to visual arts and design, The Modern campus will include three components: The Modern, a contemporary art museum, the Center for Creativity, and Luminous Park.  Since the project went public 6 months ago, major strides have been made to secure strong partnerships, engage community stakeholders, and bolster fundraising.  “The project is consistent with the city priority of economic development by directly creating jobs and providing a tremendous catalyst for change and new development within the Arts District and overall downtown,” said Scott Adams, City of Las Vegas’ Deputy City Manager. The Modern will house 35,000 square feet of museum galleries with an important and progressive series of rotating exhibits showcasing the works of both established and emerging artists from the 20th century onward.  The Center for Creativity will encompass 15,000 square feet of dynamic learning space, offering a variety of high-quality, interactive educational programs for all ages, reaching artists and visionaries of all economic levels to help them pursue their craft and develop marketable skills.   Luminous Park will be a compelling outdoor sculpture garden featuring interactive exhibits, walking paths and community gathering spaces. It will provide a much-needed green space to Las Vegas’ downtown.  The Modern will include indoor and outdoor event space. The current office, located in Arts Square, also provides an intimate, 500-square-foot venue for Read More



URBAN ENTHUSIAST: PJ PEREZ Pj Perez is a man about downtown. Cocktails at a Fremont East watering hole, mixing with the crowds at Preview Thursday art events, whizzing through the historic Huntridge neighborhood on his bike: he’s all over the place. The artist, writer and publisher triple threat is a staple in the booming downtown scene and Vegas valley at large.   What do you do? Freelance writer, comic publisher at Pop! Goes the Icon, co-owner of Creation Forge Studios, a design-and-print studio.   Vegas native or transplant?  I was born in the Los Angeles area and split my time between there and Philadelphia until, like many children of a certain age, I was brought to Las Vegas by my parents, so I wasn’t “drawn” so much as “dragged.” That said, I fell in love with the city early on (I built a paper model of the Strip for fun when I was 12 or 13), and despite my threats to leave over the years, I still can’t deny the neon running through my veins. Why DTLV? There really wasn’t even a question of where to set up shop in Las Vegas. The energy and community in DTLV can’t really be found anywhere else in the valley in such high concentrations. I like to work where I play. I basically owe my career to downtown Las Vegas. It’s where I met some of the most influential people in my life 20-plus years ago, and seeing it enjoy such a resurgence is pretty awesome.  What’s your favorite thing about DTLV? Really, just the relative proximity of everything. I bike almost everywhere when I can, and it takes less time than driving. I see people I know on the street or at any business I visit.  But my specific favorites include Velveteen Rabbit, Luv-It Frozen Custard, The Goodwich, Rock N’oodles, and of course, the Arts 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.