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DECEMBER 8 Issue - Vegas Business Digest Recap

Third Victim Killed in UNLV Shooting Identified


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Third Victim Killed in UNLV Shooting Identified

Naoko Takemaru (Credit: UNLV)

According to the Clark County Coroner’s Office, the third victim in Wednesday’s shooting at UNLV has been identified as Naoko Takemaru, 69, an Associate Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures of the College of Liberal Arts.

According to UNLV's faculty page, her office is located on the third floor of the Beam Hall at the Lee Business School, where the incident happened.

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Two Professors Killed in UNLV Shooting Identified

Left to Right: Cha Jan “Jerry” Chang and Patricia Navarro-Velez (Credit: UNLV)

According to an official statement from Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D., President of University of Nevada - Las Vegas, “We’ve now learned that two of the victims who passed away – Patricia Navarro-Velez and Cha Jan “Jerry” Chang – were members of our Lee Business School faculty. The third victim, also a UNLV faculty member, will be identified following notification of next of kin.”

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Rosen Announces $3 Billion Federal Funding for High-Speed Rail in Las Vegas

Train design (Courtesy of Brightline West)

U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), chair of the Senate subcommittee overseeing tourism, announced that $3 billion in federal funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be used to begin construction of the Brightline West high-speed rail project in Las Vegas. 

This 218-mile high-speed rail project will connect Las Vegas and Southern California through planned stations in Las Vegas and Rancho Cucamonga, with connectivity into Los Angeles County through Metrolink.

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Shake Shack to Open First Drive-Thru Location in Southern Nevada

ShackBurger® (Courtesy of Shake Shack)

Shake Shack will open its first drive-thru location in Southern Nevada on Thursday, December 14th at 1830 W. Craig Rd., North Las Vegas, NV 89031. 

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Henderson Releases Outreach Summary For Former Fiesta Site Redevelopment

Former Fiesta Henderson Site (Courtesy of City of Henderson)

The City of Henderson released a public engagement and outreach summary on redevelopment of the former Fiesta Casino Hotel site, located on Lake Mead Parkway near the I-215 and U.S. Highway 93 intersection.

The top two identified primary uses/themes for the site include tournament sports facility & hospitality and family-oriented entertainment. The top two identified supporting uses/themes for the site include family-fun and arts & culture. 

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New Community in East Las Vegas Focuses on First-Time Homebuyers, Prices Start in the $200s

Achieve townhome model at Independence (Courtesy of Touchstone Living)

A new community opened this week in East Las Vegas, with models available for viewing. Prices start in the $200s, aiming on making homeownership possible for first-time homebuyers. 

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Five Companies in Southern Nevada To Receive Tax Abatements and Create 271 Jobs

GOED quarterly board meeting (Courtesy of Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance)

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) approved five companies in Southern Nevada to receive state tax incentives. In exchange, these companies plan to create 271 jobs in the Las Vegas region over the next two years. 

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Harry Reid Airport to Receive $46 Million in 2024 from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Exterior photo of Harry Reid International Airport (Courtesy of LAS)

U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), chair of the Senate subcommittee overseeing tourism, announced that $60.9 million from the Airport Infrastructure Grant Program authorized by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be allocated to Nevada airports in 2024.

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