ZZZ - GMG - VEGAS INC 2011-2014

November 05, 2012

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NOVEMBER 5, 2012 / YOUR BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS WEEKLY SPECIAL FOCUS PLUGGING IN How Nevada is trying to grow its tech sector – and succeeding slowly By Richard N. Velott a senior staff writer ownturns prove time and again how important it is for Nevada to diversify its economy. The state must protect itself from the effects of relying too much on one industry. ¶ But economic diversifi cation has been an unat- tainable goal for decades. The Great Recession hammered the point home again. D SEE TECHNOLOGY, PAGE 14 TECHNOLOGY AT WORK This month, VEGAS INC examines the local tech industry and its impact on the economy. THRIFTY ICE CREAM MOVES PAST DRUGSTORES By Eli Segall staff writer M ost people from the West Coast know and love Thrifty Ice Cream. Sold for years in its namesake phar- macy chain, the classic California des- sert is known for its cylinder-shaped scoops, low prices and unique flavors, such as Chocolate Malted Krunch. Most people might also assume that Thrifty Ice Cream can't be found in Las Vegas, since it's typically sold now only in Rite Aid stores in California. They'd be wrong. Thrifty cones soon will be available throughout the valley in stand-alone Thrifty Ice Cream parlors, thanks to a unique business venture from a seem- ingly unlikely source. Smarty's gas station owner Pankaj Shah opened a Thrifty Ice Cream shop this year near the corner of North Pecos Road and Wigwam Parkway in Henderson. He plans to open five more stores in the valley. SEE THRIFTY, PAGE 16 INSIDE TODAY SPREAD THE WEALTH | P. 6 Casino honchos donate to candidates on every level of the federal ballot this year THE FUTURE OF UNLV SPORTS | P. 20 Columnist Bruce Spotleson catches up with sports star Tina Kunzer-Murphy THE LIST | P. 22 General contractors, ranked by billings SHUTTERSTOCK.COM READY, SET, WIN. PECCOLE PROFESSIONAL PARK 10080 WEST ALTA DRIVE, SUITE 200 • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89145 HUTCHLEGAL.COM

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