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The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance Makes Positive Strides in China

Published on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 (2:07 p.m.)

(Las Vegas) -- In an effort that follows its new mission of "global outreach," Tom Skancke, president and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, announced today that the organization's recent trip to China resulted in positive connections with Chinese companies that have shown interest in expanding into Nevada.

Only a few weeks into its new vision of attracting international businesses to relocate or expand into Las Vegas, the LVGEA team spoke in front of a group at a Shenzhen conference, toured an energy management facility, and were introduced to several Chinese companies that have an interest in Nevada and the Foreign Trade Zone. One of the companies, which manufactures smart phone components, has already booked a trip to Las Vegas in early May to explore more opportunities.

"The interest in doing business in Las Vegas was incredible”, said Skancke who was joined by Chris Zunis from the LVGEA, and Kristopher Sanchez and Maurey Bond from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “Our primary mission was to inform members of the Chinese business community that Las Vegas is a global business destination and a place to do business. We outlined the benefits of our Foreign Trade Zone as well as the tax climate here in Nevada and it was very appealing.”

Skancke and Sanchez had the opportunity to make several presentations while attending the China Information Technology Expo (CITE) in Shenzhen. This expo is the Chinese equivalent of CES in Las Vegas.

“I am very excited about the prospects from this first visit,” Skancke said. “We are delivering on our new name and mission. We have a very aggressive global program in place in partnership with GOED which I believe will bring new industries to our region to create a new, financially sustainable future for our community. As we embark on new paths in economic development for Southern Nevada, these ongoing efforts will create global connections and shine a spotlight on Nevada as an ideal state to live, work and play.”

About Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, previously known as the Nevada Development Authority, is Southern Nevada’s premier economic development agency. For 57 years, it has continued to diversify and improve the economy of Southern Nevada. For more information, call 702.791.0000 or visit The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance is located in The inNEVation Center powered by Switch.

About Switch

Switch is the world’s most reliable technology ecosystem, in the country’s safest desert. Switch is a Nevada-based technology ecosystem that includes the Switch SuperNAP, a 407,000-square-foot facility that houses the servers of Google, VMWare, HP, Intuit, eBay, Zappos, and many more. The SuperNAP has gained global attention through its use of patented technology to house servers at a density that far surpasses industry standards, with additional safeguards provided by armed security and Las Vegas’ unique geography as a city free from natural disasters. The company provides colocation, connectivity and cloud services, all on an expansive technology campus in Las Vegas. Switch also powers the inNEVation Center – the first public/private economic diversification effort of its kind. For more on Switch, visit or contact Kristi Overgaard at [email protected]

About the InNEVation Center

The inNEVation Center is the first public/private economic diversification effort of its kind. It was developed by Rob Roy, the Founder and CEO of Switch, Nevada’s most successful tech start-up to date. The more than 40,000-square-foot center is a COWORKING environment where start-ups and entrepreneurs (inNEVators) converge with business luminaries, political leaders, and investors (COLLABORATORS) to launch and nurture new ventures. It’s also a thriving business community complete with networking opportunities and educational and promotional events held at a state-of-the-art venue. The inNEVation Center is powered by Switch, the Las Vegas-based technology superpower whose globally dominant SuperNAP provides 100% secure uptime for the servers of Google, VMWare, HP, Intuit, eBay, Zappos, and 462 others. For more on the inNEVation Center, visit or contact Richard Ethington at [email protected]


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