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July 30, 2014

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Movement afoot to reinvent downtown

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The successful revitalization of our downtown continues at a progressive rate.

Michael Downs, vice president of operations at Bellagio, quit his lucrative job to become operations vice president of the Downtown Project. The Project is the main corporation, spearheaded by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, that’s revitalizing the Fremont Street area.

There’s also Dr. Zubin Damania and his wife, Dr. Barbara, a radiologist, who gave up their medical practices in another city to relocate downtown to open a medical clinic.

And businesswoman Cathy Brooks, a consultant to startup companies, moved here recently from California. She works for the Downtown Project — in charge of its planned Dog Park.

The Damanias and Brooks have much in common — young, intelligent people (in their 30s and 40s) who see the opportunities in our downtown’s transformation. They’re committed to real change and giving back to the community. They seek a challenge and to be part of something greater than themselves. Most important — all believe in being happy in what they’re doing.

The Hsieh vision and Downtown Project transcends new businesses, downtown’s revitalization, jobs, etc. It’s the beginning of a movement, which I call “The Las Vegas Movement.” It will draw more and more of our youngest and older brilliant, passionate, creative, innovative people — startup companies, artists, writers, poets, musicians, performers, urban planners, etc.

The Las Vegas Movement has begun. Carpe diem!

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  1. The Las Vegas and Nevada economies are on the rebound. Thank you Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican, and a new face for the national GOP.

    CarmineD

  2. Las Vegas with over 40 million people visiting our city each year,it makes sense to bring the downtown area into the fold.Downtown Las Vegas is only half shining at this time.Tony Hsieh with his great ideas for transforming the area into a must see part of Las Vegas will make the other half of downtown shine.

    The strip is the most popular area for Las Vegas visitors to see. Once the downtown area is complete it also will be part of a must see place to visit.Thank God for giving us Tony Hsieh.