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Sep 18, 2019

Las Vegas is an iconic city that is known around the world. We have more than 42 million visitors a year choosing our city as their vacation destination.

Las Vegas continues to capture the world's imagination as the city where anything is possible. With world-class hotels, award-winning restaurants, luxurious spas, fantastic shopping, the finest golf courses and spectacular entertainment, Las Vegas remains one of the most electrifying destinations in the world.

Beyond the neon, there is another Las Vegas for residents and businesses. We are building a city that features the best in arts, culture, medicine, technology and professional sports. We also continue to diversify our economy with projects like the Las Vegas Innovation District.

Businesses, industry and governments are taking notice of what is happening in our city. In fact, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 a delegation of more than 100 government officials and business representatives from Jacksonville, Florida visited Las Vegas to learn more about our efforts in innovation and business development.

The visiting group got a crash course on the city’s Innovation District, InternationalInnovation Center @Vegas, transportation and a tour of the Zappos.com campus to name a few of the highlights.

Las Vegas is an international stage for innovation and technology, hosting the massive Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) shows annually. Building on the strong tech foundation provided by SWITCH, the city of Las Vegas established the Innovation District to create a center for testing groundbreaking technology in the areas of alternative energy, citizen participation, transportation and social infrastructure. It is a proving ground for collaborative efforts between the city and its new technology partners.

The Innovation Center is at the core of the Innovation District and offers more than 11,000 square feet of co-working office space for the development of technologies that align with city priorities, particularly those that enhance workforce development, smart technology, at-risk populations, neighborhood development and public safety.

This includes both new and existing technologies in the areas of artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, cybersecurity, water science, advanced mobile data and the internet of things.

Las Vegas is truly a hub for cutting-edge innovation, and will continue to set an example in this expanding industry, while at the same time bringing new business and industry to our community.