Federal Priorities


The Metro Chamber maintains a presence on federal issues through an engaged contract team at The Porter Group and by engaging on strategic priorities important to the growth and development of Nevada in the global economy. The Metro Chamber has been instrumental in several federal issues in recent years, including the designation of Tule Springs as Nevada’s first national monument and the passage of Interstate 11, which will connect Phoenix and Las Vegas (the two largest cities in the U.S. not connected by an interstate).

Annual Washington, D.C. Delegation

In September 2017, the Metro Chamber headed to Washington, D.C. with its largest and most diverse delegation in history. With more than 100 business leaders, community stakeholders, and public sector leaders (both elected and appointed), the delegation met with Congressional members, policy groups, trade associations, and think-tanks. The delegation also hosted several receptions during the trip, including the Nevada Lights Up The Capitol reception and the first Nevada State Dinner, to further build relationships with Congressional leadership and to strengthen existing connections.

The inaugural Nevada Lights Up The Capitol Evening brought in nearly one thousand people – from Congressional leaders to staff members, industry leaders, and more, to showcase Nevada’s bright lights, open spaces, and free spirits – in a fun, lively, and dynamic party environment that only Nevada can really do.

The Nevada State Dinner Gala welcomed special guest Anthony Scaramucci for a spirited discussion and a special kick-off event for the week. The contingent also held the annual Interstate 11 Reception, a tradition that keeps the funding priority for this important piece of infrastructure front-and-center to federal policymakers.

You can view video content and updates on the event on the Chamber’s social media channels and on our photo gallery.

Federal Priorities and Areas of Focus:

  • Interstate 11 – Ensuring proper funding for this important infrastructure investment
  • Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository– Fighting against the nation’s nuclear waste being stored anywhere in Nevada, because of the potential negative impacts it could have on the safety and health of residents and visitors of Southern Nevada
  • International Tourism – Ensuring Southern Nevada’s core industry grows and remains a competitive international destination city
  • Southern Nevada Water Infrastructure – Studying and advocating for fair and strategic use of water and conservation resources
  • Homeland Security Funding – Ensuring that Nevada receives its fair share of federal dollars to protect its infrastructure
  • Marketplace Fairness Act – Leveling the playing field between traditional brick and mortar businesses and Internet commerce to ensure the state’s tax base is not eroded
  • Federal Grant Dollars in Nevada – Increasing Nevada’s share of federal dollars received for necessary programs and services for its citizens, essentially returning some of Nevada’s tax dollars back to the state.