News of Note

DVA is Excited to Share News of the IIC @ Vegas Opening


The International Innovation Center @ Vegas (IIC@Vegas), an 11,000-square-foot center for established and emerging tech companies developing smart technologies that align with city priorities, opened on September 25th.  These priorities include, but are not limited to workforce development, smart technology, at-risk populations, neighborhood development and public safety.  This co-working space is located in downtown Las Vegas and is a location organized by the city of Las Vegas. According to Scott Adams, city manager for Las Vegas, the newly named facility has been welcoming technology companies over the past several months and now counts seven established or start-up tech companies as its first tenants. Among these are Ubicquia, which offers network and IoT(internet of things) products for deploying Smart City, broadband and Small Cell services on existing streetlight infrastructures; Dyntek, an IT consulting and management firm; StartupNV, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, which engages new and experienced entrepreneurs from a wide variety of industries and business sectors; WaterStart, an international developer of water innovation and management systems; NTT, a Japanese-based global provider of information and communications technology solutions partnering with U.S. tech powerhouse Dell Technologies; Terbine, a company working on the first global exchange for machine-generated data; and SonicWall, an innovator of cybersecurity technology. Adams said the goal of the IIC@Vegas is to support and house companies in the fields of IoT (internet of things), technology, virtual reality/augmented reality, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, water technology, autonomous vehicles and possibly, sports technology. The IIC@Vegas seeks companies interested in piloting and improving efficiencies in areas that align with city of Las Vegas priorities. Companies may apply for leases at the IIC@Vegas for a period of three to 12 months during their pilot periods. If a pilot project and/or technology development is successful, the technology may be considered for deployment by the city of Las Vegas. Once a company’s lease term is complete, the city’s Economic and Urban Development department plans Read More

DVA Member Profile – Cynthia (Cindy) Dreibelbis – May 2019


Cindy Dreibelbis, Business Development & Community Impact Regional Director at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, answers questions about enjoying the many amenities of downtown Las Vegas – through work and play. As a long-time Las Vegas resident, you’ve undoubtedly seen many changes downtown. What change do you find to be most exciting? As a native Las Vegan, the most exciting change for the entire city is the introduction of professional sports.  The Vegas Golden Knights have had such a resounding positive impact on this city, and it’s exciting to witness the energy around the LV Lights FC (right in our downtown backyard), the Las Vegas Aviators and soon the Raiders. How did you land at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck? My tenure at R&R is what provided me the foundation for the job, however it was through a girlfriend and fellow DISCOVERY Children’s Museum board member who introduced me to Brownstein.  We were attending a DCM Gala when she told me of the position and it happened to align perfectly with me being ready to come out of “retirement.”  Brownstein’s culture matched what I was looking for in finding my new work home. You have worked in offices throughout the Las Vegas valley throughout your career, what is the experience like having an office located in downtown Las Vegas? Having helped R&R move into multiple offices throughout the valley, I was accustomed to different work environments. This, however, was my first experience working downtown. I love the energy of working in a high-rise office building and having the access to run down to Jason’s Deli for lunch or schedule a coffee meeting at Sambalatte. There is a great sense of community.  Our building participates in many joint activities – from volunteering for a charitable organization through Downtown Cares or planting a garden in our adopted neighborhood elementary school, to riding bikes the Molasky team provides and Read More

DVA Member Profiles – Cathy Brooks – April 2019


Cathy Brooks, Chief Human Officer of the Hydrant Club, and her 70-pound Labradoodle came to Las Vegas on vacation in the summer of 2012. She answers a few questions about her subsequent move: Where are you from originally, and how did you land in Las Vegas? I like to say I’m genetically bi-coastal. I was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA but spent the majority of my life in San Francisco, CA. In the summer of 2012, I came here on vacation, invited by my friend, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, to check out what was then the very nascent efforts of the Downtown Project to revitalize the Fremont East section of downtown Las Vegas. When I came on that vacation in the summer of 2012, I wasn’t alone. I brought my 70-pound Labradoodle, Truman, with me. Over the course of my 10 days here, I had no fewer than 3-4 conversations a day about the role of a dog community in this fascinating landscape of downtown. By the end of my trip I’d committed to submitting a business plan for what now exists at The Hydrant Club. What led you to create the Hydrant club and why did you choose downtown Las Vegas for the location? To go a bit further into the story. Though my previous “life” was primarily as a communication consultant in Silicon Valley, for a number of years I’d been working on the side as what I describe as a lay dog trainer. I had several clients with whom I worked on basic obedience and behavioral stabilization training. In 2001, after testifying in a murder trial where a woman had been brutally torn apart by two dogs that lived in her apartment building, I deepened my engagement on the topic of dog behavior and more importantly the evolution of the domestic dog and most importantly how to be Read More

Third Annual Livin’ in the City – a Successes & Insights Event


LIVIN’ IN THE CITY – A SUCCESSES & INSIGHTS EVENT Presented by the city of Las Vegas and Downtown Vegas Alliance The Art of Living Downtown:  How the Arts Help to Create Community APRIL 4, 2019 LAS VEGAS CITY HALL Free Public Event FREE DOWNTOWN RESIDENTIAL FAIR (2:00 – 5:00 p.m.) Provides valley residents with information on downtown residential opportunities. Features nearly a dozen developers of existing and future permitted multi-family residential projects, showcasing both for-rent apartments and for-purchase condominiums, townhomes, lofts and other area multi-family developments. Amenity Zone highlighting the area’s amenities and venues that help to create community, including The Smith Center, 18b Las Arts District, The Mob Museum, the Neon Museum and many more. FREE “SUCCESSES & INSIGHTS” PROGRAM (5:30 – 6:45 p.m.)  Features keynote speaker Donna Isaac, former Director of Public Art, Scottsdale, AZ Includes a panel of local arts executives to discuss how the arts help create community. HOSTED MIXER (6:45 – 7:45 p.m.) – Refreshments courtesy of The Ogden and Juhl To attend the program and mixer, RSVP required by April 3: The evite provides more information.     Read More

Downtown Las Vegas Welcomes Circa Resort & Casino


DVA members, Derek and Greg Stevens, have unveiled plans for Circa Resort & Casino, a brand-new integrated gaming resort in Downtown Las Vegas, slated to open in December 2020. An exciting addition to the Fremont Street Experience, Circa is the first ground-up resort development in the area since 1980. Designed for those seeking the ultimate Las Vegas vacation, Circa will boast 777 rooms and suites, and a collection of thoughtful amenities, including a range of eclectic restaurants, the longest outdoor bar on Fremont Street Experience, a rejuvenating spa and a two-level casino with state-of-the-art slot and table gaming options. Circa has collaborated with Steelman Partners to oversee architecture and design, Tré Builders as construction manager, and McCarthy Building Companies Inc. as contractor. Circa will be home to a state-of-the art parking structure playfully dubbed “Garage Mahal,” specifically designed with ride-sharing in mind. Catering to the growing use of Uber and Lyft, and housing 1,201 parking spaces, the centrally located nine-story garage will be the first of its kind in Downtown Las Vegas, allowing guests to conveniently and efficiently travel to and from the property. Another signature element will be a multi-level, stadium-style sportsbook, equipped with the biggest screen in sportsbook history. The Stevens brothers recently announced a partnership with sports gaming media organization Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) to bring an in-house broadcast studio to Circa. This will allow bettors to have in-depth analysis from a roster of experts including broadcasters, industry professionals and athletes. Construction is currently underway on the 1.25-million-square-foot property, which will punctuate the Las Vegas skyline as the tallest tower north of the Strip. The resort will be defined by a bold design, accented by a backlit roofline and an expansive multi-tiered pool amphitheater. Featuring several pools and a massive screen with the latest high-resolution technology, the amphitheater will offer a unique watch-party atmosphere for sunseekers and sports 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.