News of Note

Successes & Insights on Homelessness: May 3 2018


MAY 3 SUCCESSES & INSIGHTS: A COMMUNITY FORUM ON HOMELESSNESS In partnership with the city of Las Vegas and Bank of America, the Downtown Vegas Alliance (The Alliance), a nonprofit organization comprised of downtown business owners and stakeholders, announces a community forum focused on homelessness.  “Homelessness is a prevalent, complex issue that impacts our downtown Las Vegas community and beyond,” said Jonathan Ullman, chairman of The Alliance and executive director and CEO of The Mob Museum. “We know there are many organizations and individuals who are passionately committed to making positive change and are actively working on the issues in Las Vegas. We look forward to hearing from Mr. Wilson and learning best practices from his experience in successfully dealing with homelessness issues in San Antonio.” WHEN:                Thursday, May 3, 2018                                 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.    Registration/Impact Fair                                 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.    Program                                 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.    Impact fair WHERE:             Las Vegas City Hall, 495 Main Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 – Council Chambers RSVP:        WELCOME: Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman will kick off the event KEYNOTE ADDRESS: from nationally recognized homelessness leader, Kenny Wilson, who will share his insights as president and CEO of Haven for Hope, a 22-acre campus offering shelter and a wide range of services for homeless individuals and families in San Antonio, Texas. PANEL DISCUSSION: local experts and advocates, joined by Kenny Wilson: Stacey Lockhart executive director of The Shade Tree Angela Quinn CEO of FirstMed Health & Wellness Center Deacon Thomas A. Roberts, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada Kevin Schiller, assistant county manager for Clark County Kathi Thomas-Gibson, community resource manager for city of Las Vegas Moderated by Michael Vannozzi, executive director of the Downtown Vegas Alliance IMPACT FAIR: Throughout the Read More

DVA Member Profiles – Greg Korte – April 2018


Greg Korte came to Las Vegas over 30 years ago, building a solid reputation for quality, ethics and service to the community and industry. In 2002, The Korte Company (TKC) opened its Las Vegas Division with Greg serving as its President. He has over 33 years of experience in the construction industry and strongly believes in giving back to the local Las Vegas community. TKC is a fully integrated Design-Build general contractor with in-house architecture, interior design, estimating, project management and construction services. Korte answers a few questions posed to him about downtown Las Vegas: As a long-time Las Vegas resident, you’ve undoubtedly seen many changes downtown. What change do you find to be most exciting? Undoubtedly, it’s the resurgence of the downtown area. I remember when it was simply the affordable place to dine and gamble, as opposed to the Strip. The streets were open and many of the iconic neon signs were still very prominent as you looked down the busy streets, filled with traffic. While affordable gambling still exists for the visitors, Symphony Park, The Arts District, Fremont East and all of the new housing options give the locals a new reason to be downtown, as well. What’s your vision for downtown and how can The Korte Company help that vision become a reality? As downtown continues to attract businesses back into the area, there is a need for additional infrastructure and diversification to create a real urban vibe and a density that can help sustain even more growth. Korte has been proud to help contribute to some of the resurgence and growth that has taken place over the years, and we remain committed to contributing to the area’s ongoing growth.  Some of our notable downtown projects that are part of the revitalization include the Southern Nevada Water Authority offices, Molasky Group of Companies headquarters, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, Las Vegas Read More

Nevada Public Radio features discussion re the city’s “Homeless 365” – March 29 2018


Thanks to Nevada Public Radio for hosting Executive Director Michael Vannozzi and other local leaders to discuss the local homeless population and the city’s “Homeless 365” program on this morning’s “State of Nevada.” Listen to the entire show at Photo: l to r: Joe Schoenmann (KNPR), Deacon Tom Roberts (Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada), Michael Vannozzi (DVA), Kathi Thomas-Gibson (city of Las Vegas), Mel Frailey, (LVMPD). Read More



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018 Presented by the city of Las Vegas in partnership with the Downtown Vegas Alliance and Urban Land Institute. DOWNTOWN RESIDENTIAL FAIR (3:00 – 7:30 p.m.) Provides valley residents with information on downtown residential opportunities. Features nearly a dozen developers of existing and future permitted residential projects who will showcase information on both for-rent apartments and for-purchase condominiums, townhomes, lofts and other area multi-family developments. Presents an Amenity Zone highlighting the area’s venues in one convenient place for prospective urban dwellers.   FREE PUBLIC PROGRAM WITH SPEAKER AND PANEL (5:30 – 6:45 p.m.) Features keynote speaker Ryan Gravel, an urban planner, designer and author working on infrastructure concept development and policy as the founder of Atlanta-based Sixpitch. Includes a panel of local developers to discuss downtown residential development, including moderator Christina Roush, City of Las Vegas Planning Commission; Uri Vaknin, partner KRE Capital, LLC (Juhl and Odgen); Chris Gonya, developer of The Pioneer; Nate Carlson, Wolf Development/partner of Downtown Project for Fremont 9 and Patrick Brennan, developer of Aspen Heights Symphony Park.   HOSTED MIXER (6:45 – 7:45 p.m.) with refreshments courtesy of The Ogden and Juhl   CITY HALL – 495 S. MAIN STREET, LAS VEGAS, NV 89101 PARKING: CITY PARKING GARAGE (500 Main Street) BRING YOUR TICKET TO THE REGISTRATION DESK TO VALIDATE.  PROGRAM/MIXER RSVP: RSVP@FFWPR.COM MORE INFO   Read More

Michael Vannozzi: New DVA Executive Director – March 2018


The board of directors of the Downtown Vegas Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Vannozzi as executive director. “Having previously been involved as a member of The Alliance and as a life-long resident of southern Nevada, I am excited to serve the organization and help to execute the mission of improving downtown Las Vegas for all who live, work and play in this incredible community,” said Vannozzi. Vannozzi comes to the role with an extensive leadership background in public policy, public affairs, strategic planning and communications in a career that includes the Office of United States Senator Harry Reid, the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance and TSC2 Group, a strategic planning firm with a roster of private and public clients. “Michael Vannozzi brings terrific passion and commitment to bettering downtown Las Vegas, and we are confident his consummate professionalism and leadership will benefit not only our members, but the entire downtown community,” said Jonathan Ullman, board chair of the Downtown Vegas Alliance and CEO of The Mob Museum. “Michael is spearheading the planning of our next Successes and Insights community forum, which focuses on homelessness –a topic that is profoundly important to a great many of us here in southern Nevada.” According to Ullman, Successes and Insights is The Alliance’s ongoing event series that focuses on the quality of life and economic growth in Downtown Las Vegas. “While homelessness is a complex issue that is not easily fixed, our Alliance members, government leaders, and community leaders are all working hard to find solutions,” added Vannozzi. “Our hope is that the people who attend the Successes and Insights event on homelessness will come away with both a deeper understanding of the issues and a variety of opportunities to become directly involved in a way that positively impacts homelessness in the Las Vegas community.” The Successes and Insights community forum on homelessness 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.