Join us for a Virtual Successes & Insights event on 11/4 – How Technology is Transforming Transportation




11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST


Transportation technology is in the midst of a revolution that will drive efficiency and entirely reshape the way we move.

Join the Downtown Vegas Alliance and the city of Las Vegas as we discuss how technology-driven innovation in transportation is transforming the ways people and products move from place to place.

You will hear from subject matter experts about technologies that have risen to the forefront of this latest transportation revolution including:
• The Internet of Things and Network Connectivity
• Autonomous Cars
• On-Demand Ride Services

Las Vegas, especially the downtown corridor, is a proving ground for cutting edge transportation technology and is evolving as a model for creating a more sustainable infrastructure and positive user experience.

Hosted by city of Las Vegas’ Chief Innovation Officer, Mike Sherwood. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Cox Business.


Featured Speakers:

Michael Sherwood  
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer @City of Las Vegas
Michael has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of process improvement, technology and innovation. Prior to the city of Las Vegas, he served as the Deputy Director of Public Safety, Business Services & City Technology for the City of Irvine, California. Michael is extremely passionate about technology, and believes through innovation, workforce development and collaboration, we can create brighter and sustainable communities. Michael received his B.S. in Management from Pepperdine University followed by an M.S. in Executive Management from the University of Southern California.
Mike Blank
Regional Policy Lead @Nuro
Mike joined Nuro as its Regional Policy Lead in 2021. Nuro is a robotics company building and deploying fully autonomous, on-road vehicles in a last-mile delivery service. In this role, Mike works with state and local officials and industry stakeholders to shape policies that better everyday life through robotics. He has worked in government affairs and policy for his entire career, including at the international, federal, and state levels. Mike has experience working for a major corporation, the U.S. Senate, multiple national associations, and several political campaigns. He currently resides in the Washington, DC area with his wife and two daughters.

David Swallow, P.E.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
@Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
David Swallow is a civil engineer with over 25 years of transportation-related experience and has been with the RTC of Southern Nevada since 2001. As Deputy CEO, David oversees the RTC’s planning, engineering, and funding programs for transportation infrastructure, development of new transit facilities and systems, implementation of new technologies, and coordination between roadway and freeway operations through the region’s Traffic Management Center. David has been a resident of Las Vegas for more than 30 years. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Nevada and earned both Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Cody Sims
Field Marketing Director @ Cox Business and Hospitality Network
Cody Sims, Field Marketing Director for Cox Business Las Vegas and Omaha, offers over 20 years of business experience in product development, product management and marketing. Cody has a talent for guiding successful outcomes for internal and external partners through thoughtful and innovative solutions. His experience covers strategic business development, market analytics, market share capture plans, product evangelism, and operational excellence. In 2003, Cody was recognized as a Stevie Award Finalist from the American Business Awards in the category of “Best Product Development Team” for a groundbreaking, cloud based Interactive Voice Response system. He served as a judge for the American Business Awards for three years, 2009-20011.
  • 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.