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UNLV’s Fall Outlook for Addressing Economic Diversification After the Pandemic

With a looming recession, rising interest rates, a tight job market and skyrocketing consumer goods prices, Southern Nevadans are preparing for what’s to come without a road map clear about what the economy will be like next week, let alone next year. .

Economic diversification has long been touted as the solution to building a stronger and more resilient economy. During UNLV’s Fall Nov. 17, economists from the Lee Business School’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and a panel of experts will explore whether the fast-growing clean energy industry can be a catalyst to help diversify Southern Nevada’s economy, and will address other pressing issues:

  • How has Nevada fared in the two years since the pandemic began?
  • Will Southern Nevada experience a recession in the coming months?
  • What would an economically diversified Las Vegas look like?
  • What industries can help diversify the economy while strengthening existing leisure and hospitality industries?

Panel Ecosystem of Clean Energy

Tina Quigley, President and CEO of LVGEA, will moderate a panel of experts who will explore the opportunities and challenges of the clean energy industry as a catalyst for diversifying our economy. Panelists include:

  • Jim Hodge, Vice President Power Source, Lithion Battery Inc.
  • Katie Ellet, President, Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy & Mobility, North America
  • Howard Trott, CEO of ARES North America
  • Lisa Levine, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation

CBER Economic Forecast

CBER’s US and Southern Nevada forecasts for 2023 and 2024 will be presented by Andrew Woods and Stephen Miller. Ken Heck, CEO of Heck Wealth Management, will moderate.

The event will be held from 7:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Strip View Pavilion inside UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. For tickets and additional event details, visit the CBER website.

Media: Media interested in obtaining event credentials may contact Megan Neri, director of communications for the Lee Business School, at or (702) 895-3904.


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