National Infrastructure Week Events Engage and Inform the Public about Importance of Building for Southern Nevada’s Future

LAS VEGAS - The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) celebrated the 7th Annual National Infrastructure Week by hosting three events with a focus on engaging and educating stakeholders, policymakers and community members about the importance of building for Southern Nevada’s future today.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak delivered opening remarks during the Western Summit at the Springs Preserve on Monday, May 13, highlighting the economically driven projects under construction in Southern Nevada.

“We have over $7 billion dollars’ worth of projects under way in Southern Nevada including the UNLV-Raiders stadium, Convention Center expansion, new hotels on the Strip and downtown, and the UNLV School of Medicine,” said Governor Sisolak. “We continue to grow at an exponential rate, and our growth is outpacing the rest of the nation in job growth.” With a theme of ‘Technology and Innovation: The New Infrastructure of Tomorrow,’ the RTC is honored to have hosted one of only four national summits.

Building for the foreseeable growth is only possible with a dedicated workforce. More than 15 job seekers, and counting, benefited from conditional onsite hiring opportunities during Careers in Motion on Wednesday, May 15. The event, at Texas Station Hotel and Casino, welcomed over 120 attendees and more than 50 vendors. Businesses representing different sectors within the transportation, engineering, design, and construction industries met face-to-face with potential employees. “Careers in Motion is one of the building blocks, I believe, to solving the workforce issue that the construction industry has,” said Guy Martin, president of Martin-Harris Construction. “This is bringing our needs directly to the community. Partnered with RTC and everybody involved, they bring the workforce that we need to one spot.”

This year’s National Infrastructure Week events in Las Vegas ended on a high note. The Latin Chamber of Commerce partnered with the RTC to host a small business expo and a sold-out luncheon at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino on Friday, May 17. Nearly 30 vendors set up booths and networked, opening the doors to new business opportunities. The focus was on investing in a clean energy economy. “Clean energy is the future. Small businesses need to be a part of it,” said Peter Guzman, Latin Chamber of Commerce president. “It’s smart to get on board now. Start learning. Educate yourself on what’s coming in the future.”

National Infrastructure Week celebrations may be over but the need for infrastructure continues. Year round, the RTC works tirelessly to raise awareness about transportation and economic development efforts that affect the daily lives of everyone who lives, works, and visits Southern Nevada.



Western Summit | Technology and Innovation: The New Infrastructure of Tomorrow

Western Summit | Technology and Innovation: The New Infrastructure of Tomorrow

Join us to kick-off National Infrastructure Week to showcase how the nation’s future will be shaped by the infrastructure choices we make today.

Technology and Innovation: The New Infrastructure of Tomorrow

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. Welcome
8:05 a.m. Opening Remarks
The Honorable Steve Sisolak, Nevada Governor
8:15 a.m. Importance of Regional Infrastructure and Investment
Kristina Swallow,
Nevada Department of Transportation Director
8:25 a.m. Panel Discussion: The West Side Transportation Innovators

Shailen Bhatt,
ITS of America President & CEO

Roger Millar,
Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary

Dr. Mahmud Farooque,
Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Clinical Associate Professor
9:10 a.m. Keynote Address

David Short,
U.S. DOT Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs
9:30 a.m. Closing Remarks



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When:

Monday, May 13, 2019
7:30 to 10 a.m.

Where:

Springs Preserve Central Desert Complex
333. S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas NV, 89107


Western Summit Kicks off National Infrastructure Week with a focus on technology transforming transportation

5/16/19 - LAS VEGAS - The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) kicks off National Infrastructure Week with the Western Summit, welcoming transportation innovators, stakeholders, and policymakers. The RTC is honored to host one of only four national summits this week.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Nevada Department of Transportation Director Kristina Swallow headlined as opening speakers.

“We have over $7 billion dollars’ worth of projects under way in Southern Nevada including the UNLV-Raiders stadium, Convention Center expansion, new hotels on the Strip and downtown, and the UNLV School of Medicine,” said Governor Sisolak. “We continue to grow at an exponential rate, and our growth is outpacing the rest of the nation in job growth.” With a theme of “Technology and Innovation: The New Infrastructure of Tomorrow,” the Western Summit welcomed nearly 100 attendees, engaging in a panel discussion moderated by RTC Chief Engineering and Technology Officer David Swallow. “I think the panel was great because we talked about the technology. We talked about policy and then we talked about human perspective. All of those are important for us to consider as we talk about new projects,” said Swallow. Panelist included ITS of America President & CEO Shailen Bhatt, Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Roger Millar, and Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Mahmud Farooque.

U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs David Short served as the event’s keynote speaker, highlighting the need of transportation infrastructure funding t the federal and local level. “In an area with this much growth as Southern Nevada, there’s no question that there’s going to be a need with further investment in roads, in public transit, in so many aspects of infrastructure to keep up with the growth,” said Short. National Infrastructure Week is recognized by about 500 affiliates across the country, including the RTC, to build awareness about the foundational role infrastructure plays in building and ensuring the economic vibrancy of communities.


Careers in Motion | Workforce of Tomorrow

Career opportunities exist in transit, design, engineering, and construction industries that help build Southern Nevada’s infrastructure of tomorrow. Learn what it takes to launch a career in one of these fields at Careers in Motion, which also includes conditional on-site hiring opportunities for attendees.

Careers in Motion features union construction trade representatives, engineering professionals, and design experts who will tell you exactly what it takes to begin a career in their respective fields. A panel discussion moderated by Martin-Harris Construction President Guy Martin will feature perspectives from:

  • Kristina Swallow, Director, Nevada Department of Transportation
  • Federico Zaragoza, President, College of Southern Nevada
  • Jaime Cruz, Executive Director, Workforce Connections
  • Juan Mendez, MCON Inc., President & Owner
  • Mel Green, KME Architects, President & Owner

Opportunities

  • Get a career with high paying wages
  • Join a workforce that travels and explores the world
  • Obtain certifications and lifetime job skills

Questions? Call 702-676-1735 or email pastora@rtcsnv.com.


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VENDOR REGISTRATION CLOSED

All inquiries can be directed to at Aileen Pastor.



When:

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. - Event
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Panel Discussion

Where:

Texas Station Hotel & Casino Dallas Ballroom
2101 Texas Star Lane
North Las Vegas, NV 89032

Attendees have a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card and other prizes!

Conditional On-Site Hiring

Careers in Motion leads to new employment opportunities for job seekers

5/16/19 LAS VEGAS - Attendees at Careers in Motion are putting new job opportunities into high gear. As part of National Infrastructure Week, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) hosted the event bringing together more than 50 vendors, offering 70 conditional onsite hiring opportunities.

“I always have high goals set for myself. I expected to find a job here today and be able to start within the next couple of weeks,” said Daniel Gonzalez, who was interviewed and hired as a Transdev Operator. “It’s definitely a second chance for me and my family,” he said.

Business leaders from different sectors within the transportation, engineering, design, and construction industries were on hand to meet with potential employees who will help build the infrastructure of tomorrow. “Careers in Motion is one of the building blocks, I believe, to solving the workforce issue that the construction industry has,” said Guy Martin, President of Martin-Harris Construction. “This is bringing our needs directly to the community, partnered with RTC and everybody involved, they bring the workforce that we need to one spot.”

Martin moderated a panel discussion focused on the needs of the construction industry including workers, funding and diversity. “If we’re going to come up with ways to meet the needs of each of our communities, we need to have people who have diverse backgrounds, who have lived in those communities, who have experienced those communities and understand the challenges that are faced by those communities,” said Kristina Swallow, Director of the Nevada Department of Transportation and panelist. “The other piece of it is, why are we excluding, in some cases gender wise, 50-percent of the population? We need to find ways to bring more people to the table. We don’t have enough people today. How do we bring more and diversifying is one way to do that.”

Other panelist included College of Southern Nevada President Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Workforce Connections Executive Director Jaime Cruz, MCON Inc. President and Owner Juan Mendez, and KME Architects President and Owner Mel Green.

National Infrastructure Week events in Las Vegas wrap up with a Latin Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo and Luncheon Friday, May 17 at Suncoast Hotel & Casino from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Latin Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Expo and Luncheon

Latin Chamber of Commerce | Clean Energy: Our Economy, Transportation and Future

Interested in learning how to work in with clean energy, government and transportation agencies? Attend the Latin Chamber Small Business Expo at NO COST and meet vendors to see what contracting opportunities are available. Hear from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection about the Diesel Emission Mitigation Fund for projects that will reduce harmful diesel emissions from public and privately owned fleets. The formal solicitation process for applications is from June 1 to July 31, 2019!

Then, speakers and a dedicated panel, Clean Energy | Our Economy, Transportation and Future, will discuss the importance of the clean energy economy and the key role that it plays in social and economic development and vitality.

  • Jacky Rosen, U.S. Senator
  • Ray Fakhoury, Advanced Energy Economy Principal
  • Justin Jones, Clark County Commissioner
  • David Swallow, RTC Chief Engineering and Technology Officer
  • Tony F. Sanchez III, NV Energy Executive Vice President of Business Development and External Relations

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When:

Friday, May 17, 2019
9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – Expo
11:45 to 1 p.m. – Luncheon

Where:

Suncoast Hotel & Casino
9090 Alta Dr,
Las Vegas, NV 89144

Visit: lvlcc.com

Small Business Expo & Luncheon highlights the importance of a clean energy economy

5-17-19 - The Latin Chamber of Commerce teams up with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to engage small businesses in learning how to build clean energy infrastructure during a National Infrastructure Week event.

“Clean energy is the future. Small businesses need to be a part of it,” said Peter Guzman, Latin Chamber of Commerce President. “It’s smart to get on board now. Start learning. Educate yourself on what’s coming in the future.”

A small business expo at Suncoast Hotel and Casino welcomed more than 25 vendors from across Southern Nevada, creating opportunities for new clean energy business ventures. “It’s a wonderful thing that Latin Chamber put together with RTC. As a small business owner we’re always very grateful when others put together a group for either training, education or to get small businesses together,” said Diane Hale, Best in the West Safety CEO. “We’ve already received four potential new clients that we didn’t know existed.”

During a roundtable discussion, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Staff Engineer, Joe Perreira, offered important information regarding the Nevada Diesel Emission Mitigation Fund. “It’s an annual competitive application process where public and private fleets submit proposals to us based on a number of factors: project location, air quality benefits,” said Perreira. Last year, the fund awarded more than $6.5 million to projects across Nevada.

A luncheon concluded the event. Clean energy experts and proponents gathered for a panel discussion on a clean energy economy. “Nevada is one of those places where there’s been a real leadership role happening when it comes to the role of energy as an economic development opportunity,” said Ray Fakhoury, Advanced Energy Economy Principal and panelist. “What we want to do is we want to champion those folks that are really taking this conversation to the next level and we think that Nevada is the place to do that.”

Other panelist included Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones, NV Energy EVP of Business Development and External Relations Tony F. Sanchez III and RTC Chief Engineering and Technology Officer David Swallow. E-centricity Principal Marie Steele served as moderator.

“This is a great closing event for National Infrastructure Week,” said Swallow. “It’s also National Bike to Work Day so I encourage everybody to get out there on the bicycles.” Since launching two years ago, RTC Bike Share has helped reduce more than 150,000 pounds of emissions. To learn more visit https://bikeshare.rtcsnv.com/


Vendor VIP Mixer

Vendor VIP Mixer

The VIP mixer was a special thank you event for all Infrastructure Week sponsors and vendors. Thanks to BUILD, attendees were able to market their businesses, connect with other event participants, and learn from trade show expert, Chris Takas, on how to fully maximize event space as a vendor.



When:

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
5 to 7 p.m.

Where:

Wild Truffles Catering & Events Center
7905 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, 89117

Sponsored By:

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Learn, Contribute, and Engage during National Infrastructure Week

LAS VEGAS - The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is excited to be a part of the 7th Annual National Infrastructure Week, May 13-20, 2019. It is a week of educating and informing the business community, policymakers, and the public about the importance of building Southern Nevada’s infrastructure of tomorrow.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak is kicking off the week during the Western Summit on Monday, May 13. This year’s theme is Technology and Innovation: The New Infrastructure of Tomorrow. “We’ll be sharing with you some technology that we’re using as it relates to getting more capacity out of the infrastructure that we have,” said Tina Quigley, RTC Chief Executive Officer.

Wednesday, May 15 is about jobs! Careers in Motion will connect employers with workers looking for opportunities in transportation, design, engineering, and construction. Conditional on-site hiring will be available. “The Urban Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to be a part of the national infrastructure week celebration here in Southern Nevada because we recognize that it helps give our small businesses opportunities for procurement, which in turn creates jobs for the region,” said Ken Evans, president of the Urban Chamber of Commerce.

Lastly, the RTC is also partnering with the Latin Chamber of Commerce on Friday, May 17 for a small business expo and luncheon. “Small businesses play a key role in supporting our infrastructure,” said Justin Jones, Clark County Commissioner representing District F.

Investing in infrastructure not only improves safety and reduces congestion but it creates jobs. The event is a great opportunity to network and meet small business owners and experts in transportation and technology. A clean energy panel discussion will feature local leaders and experts. “We have had some of our leaders in Carson City set a great example for us and now it’s time for us here in Southern Nevada to take the baton and continue that work to improve our infrastructure, including our clean energy economy,” said Jones.


Careers in Motion Event Offering Conditional On-site Hiring Opportunities

LAS VEGAS – You can be a part of the workforce helping to build Southern Nevada’s infrastructure of tomorrow. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is excited to host an event that educates and engages the public in the evolving and growing infrastructure in our region. Careers in Motion is part of National Infrastructure Week and offers job and training opportunities in design, engineering, construction, and more.

“One of the really cool things about infrastructure is all of the diversity in jobs for people who want to help plan, design, build, and operate our transportation system and our infrastructure in general,” said Kristina Swallow, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) Director. “Everything you build has an impact on your friends, your neighbors, your relatives, your coworkers and so they’re really cool jobs.”

In 2018, nearly 90 attendees were hired on the spot. Participating employers are ready to offer career opportunities once again.

Attendees can expect to meet leaders in key infrastructure industries including: RTC, NDOT, Workforce Connections, Raiders Stadium Contractor M Con, Inc., and Laborer’s Union Local 872, to mention a few.

The event will also feature a panel discussion with College of Southern Nevada President Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Workforce Connections Executive Director Jaime Cruz and representatives from key industries.

You’re invited to attend Careers in Motion on Wednesday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Texas Station Hotel & Casino located at 2101 Texas Star Lane, North Las Vegas, NV 89032.


Learn How Clean Energy Impacts the Local Economy During Latin Chamber’s Small Business Expo and Luncheon

LAS VEGAS – To wrap up National Infrastructure Week, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is partnering with the Latin Chamber of Commerce to educate the business community on the impacts of clean energy and how it affects the economy and infrastructure in Southern Nevada. A panel discussion will feature RTC Chief Engineering and Technology Officer David Swallow, NV Energy EVP of Business Development and External Relations Tony F. Sanchez III, e-centricity Principal Marie Steele, and Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones.

“We have had some of our leaders in Carson City set a great example for us and now it’s time for us here in Southern Nevada to take the baton and continue that work to improve our infrastructure, including our clean energy economy,” said Jones.

Investing in infrastructure creates jobs, improves safety, and reduces congestion. As of December 2018, the 225 projects funded through Fuel Revenue Indexing resulted in 9,000 jobs and work to 78 local small businesses . “Small businesses play a key role in supporting our infrastructure,” said Jones.

The event is a great opportunity to learn and ask questions. Come network and meet small business owners and experts in transportation, clean energy, and technology.


Take a look at last year’s National Infrastructure Week celebration!