ZZZ - GMG - VEGAS INC 2011-2014

August 06, 2012

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AUGUST 6, 2012 / YOUR BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS WEEKLY SPECIAL FOCUS DIFFERENCE O MAKING A ONE THREAD AT A TIME A CULTURE OF VOLUNTEERISM TAKES ROOT AMONG LOCAL CORPORATIONS By Conor Shine, staff writer n a recent Monday morning, employees from the Cosmo- politan gathered at Oppor- tunity Village to help people with intellectual disabilities decorate scarves to be sold at a fundraiser for the Las Vegas nonprofi t group , which teaches clients vocational and living skills. ¶ The Cosmopolitan workers weren't on the clock. Rather, they were spending their free time on the company-sponsored out- ing. The Cosmopolitan organizes sever- al such events each month. ¶ Why? ¶ There's the obvious good that comes from giving back to a community and helping people in need. SEE VOLUNTEERS, PAGE 14 ISTOCKPPHOTO.COM READY, SET, WIN. PECCOLE PROFESSIONAL PARK 10080 WEST ALTA DRIVE, SUITE 200 • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89145 HUTCHLEGAL.COM WHY GIVING IS GOOD BUSINESS This month, VEGAS INC highlights philanthropy in the business community. HIGH-SPEED RAIL SCHOOL COULD LAND AT UNLV By Richard N. Velott a, senior staff writer A transportation expert UNLV professor want and a to leverage Las Vegas' potential as a high-speed rail transportation hub to develop a university program dedicated to the research and study of high-speed rail. Tom Skancke, a The Skancke public affairs consultant and president and CEO of Company, and Harry Teng, an associate professor at UNLV's Howard Hughes College of Engineering, plan to take their proposal – which they have been refining for almost two years – to university administrators early next year. They hope to affiliate what they tentatively are calling the International High Speed Rail Institute with UNLV's engineering school. Skancke and Teng say the cost of establishing the institute would depend on how elaborate it is, but Skancke SEE RAIL, PAGE 17 INSIDE TODAY A WORKFORCE DIVIDED | P. 6 The Culinary Union sides with Steve Wynn in the ongoing dispute over tip pooling EXPENSIVE PRECEDENT? | P. 22 Columnist Richard N. Velott a examines state sponsorship of the Reno Air Races. IN BUSINESS | P. 12 Loan for high-speed rail gets endorsement

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