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Longtime community and business leader set to lead the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

Joe Schoenmann,  Tina Quigley
Dave Berns/KNPR Producer

Joe Schoenmann and Tina Quigley speak on KNPR's State of Nevada

There’s been a long push in Southern Nevada to diversify the regional economy, so much of which is tied to the hospitality industry, which suffers during economic crises like The Great Recession or the ongoing pandemic.

The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance was created to help diversify the economy and soften the bumpiness of recessionary downtowns, and the Alliance has a new leader – Tina Quigley, who left her job as the head of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. She now serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the LVGEA.

“The next phase is going to be about sustainable diversification,” Quigley said of the LVGEA’s work.

Health-care services, clean technologists, sports and entertainment will all play key roles in that diversification effort, she noted.

The key, Quigley said, is that “it’s time for all our bubbles to start talking together, with people throughout the region working together” with additional players being brought into the discussion, including the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

One additional piece of the economic puzzle, Quigley noted, will be Brightline’s proposed high-speed rail system to Southern California.

“We’re still an affordable place to live. We need jobs that allow us to live comfortably in Las Vegas,” she said.

Tina Quigley, next president and CEO, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.


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Dave Berns, now a producer for State of Nevada, recently returned to KNPR after having previously worked for the station from 2005 to 2009.