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Downtown Project pieces together its $93 million llama
March 28, 2013
The purchase of downtown — well, a good bunch of it, anyway — is almost complete. Downtown Project insiders call the mass of land stretching over several blocks from Las Vegas Boulevard to Maryland Parkway “the llama,” because that’s what it sort of resembles from space.


Iowa college students gather together to discuss their innovative ideas for their course study "Reimagining Downtown Las Vegas" led by Associate Director Dave Gould, center, at Work In Progress in Las Vegas Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Iowa students leave Las Vegas to work on task of making 'an impact, an impression' on downtown
March 27, 2013
Fourteen University of Iowa students involved in a class called “Reimagining Downtown” are finished with their spring break in Las Vegas. Now they're focused exclusively on creating something that benefits downtown Las Vegas.


Joe Downtown: Danger is who, not what, she is
Joe Downtown: Danger is who, not what, she is
March 26, 2013
The seafoam-rimmed sunglasses and matching bow in her blond hair aren’t right. If you have to put a finger on the problem, it’s her name. “Krissee DANGER.” The name doesn’t fit the glasses and ribbon. It doesn’t fit the person. There appears nothing dangerous about her. Don’t believe me: Take the word of the people she meets almost daily giving tours for the Downtown Project, where she takes visitors even into the private sanctum of Tony Hsieh’s condo on the 23rd floor of the Ogden.


Joe Downtown: 'Millennial migration' to Las Vegas predicted
March 21, 2013
Another day downtown, another interesting character finds his way into The Beat coffeehouse. But none may have found themselves in as familiar territory as Matt Heller. See, Heller is considered an expert on millennials, who are also sometimes referred to as the Echo Boom generation or Generation Y.


A view of the Western Hotel and Casino on East Fremont Street on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. In a statement, Tamares Real Estate, owners of the Western, announced the casino will close Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, for an indefinite period of time.
Tony Hsieh's group buys shuttered downtown casino for $14 million
March 21, 2013
Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project bought the shuttered Western Hotel for $14 million, giving his group another chunk of downtown real estate for a possible future project.
Joe Downtown: Reno PR firm opening satellite office downtown
March 11, 2013
A Reno public relations firm is adding an office in the Emergency Arts building on Fremont Street, aiming its focus on the growing tech startup business environment in Las Vegas.
Local fashion designer Clair Vranian works out of her home studio, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Obsession, Def Leppard and Zappos combine to spell success for businesswoman
March 2, 2013
Claire Jane Vranian’s obsession with fashion and feathers, combined with an innate need to be creative, led to an association with Joe Elliott, lead singer for the iconic ‘80s rock band Def Leppard, and success in the clothing business.


Joe Downtown: Fremont Shoes sets sights on downtown manufacturing plant
Feb. 20, 2013
Craig Adkins has spent decades creating efficiencies in production lines for a variety of companies; his latest job was as vice president of fulfillment services for Zappos. About a year ago, Adkins started working on a plan to start yet another venture — bringing shoe manufacturing, not just shoe distribution, to Las Vegas. With support from the Downtown Project, an investment group that includes Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Adkins expects his shoe-manufacturing business, Fremont Shoes, to open by the end of the year.


Joe Downtown: University of Iowa students to help 'Reimagine Downtown'
Jan. 26, 2013
University of Iowa lecturer David Gould has created a course that links Las Vegas and Iowa City because of what’s happening downtown; it might not look like anywhere in Iowa, but downtown’s community-oriented redevelopment is the perfect landscape for Gould’s class, Reimagining Downtown.


Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is shown at a Las Vegas City Council meeting Dec. 1, 2010, when it was officially announced the existing City Hall building would be used as the headquarters for Zappos.
Hsieh wins over Preview Las Vegas audience with keynote address
Jan. 24, 2013
Old-school businesspeople may not understand CEO Tony Hsieh's methods. But the estimated 2,000 people attending Preview Las Vegas warmly received him when he offered details of his Downtown Project.
Coterie’s Sarah Nisperos helped analyze the dream that brought Zappos Downtown.
Joe Downtown: 'Sorceress' Sarah Nisperos and the origin of Tony Hsieh’s Downtown dream
Jan. 23, 2013
Get to know the person who steered the Zappos CEO to Downtown Vegas.
Meghan Mossler, left, and Jennifer Taler, who operate Stitch Factory, at work Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Joe Downtown: Entrepreneurs have designs on Garment District in Las Vegas
Jan. 16, 2013
Most people think of new taverns, eateries and music when envisioning the unfolding redevelopment of Fremont East, that portion of road east of the canopied Fremont Street Experience. Most people also know Tony Hsieh is behind much of the redevelopment. Hsieh is CEO of Zappos, an online shoe and clothing retailer. For that reason, it isn’t hard to see why much of what’s to come is tied into the garment, fashion and clothing business.


Joe Downtown: Startups sharing offices, skills, ideas
Jan. 15, 2013
On a tiny slice of street in downtown Las Vegas, in an area south of Charleston Boulevard between Las Vegas Boulevard and Maryland Parkway, startup companies are sharing homes and each other’s technical skills.


The future is now: The shipping container park is scheduled to dock Downtown in 2013.
State of change: East Fremont is a little street with a big future
Dec. 26, 2012
In nine months, 1,400 Zappos employees will start working Downtown. That's just the beginning. Hsieh has talked openly about all the plans he’s been working on for a year or more and how many of those will be unleashed in the next few months. People will see new businesses everywhere. Suddenly.
Employees work in cubicles at the Zappos temporary offices on Carson Avenue in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.
The valley's top business stories of 2012
Dec. 24, 2012
Many of the topics that dominated the discussion in boardrooms and lunch rooms across the valley will continue to make headlines in 2013. So in case you missed them, or to give you a heads up for next year, here’s a look at some of this year’s biggest business stories.

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