1980s: Mega-Resorts & Mega-Growth


Entertainment Personality of the Year

The Chamber of Commerce awards Liberace its Entertainment Personality of the Year award.


Las Vegas Events

Community leaders through the Chamber, including future Chamber president Mark Smith, create Las Vegas Events to attract non-gaming visitors to the area. Former Chamber executive Herb McDonald is the guiding force behind its operations.


CitiCorp Bank at the Lakes

With a push by the Chamber, Citicorp Bank opens a major processing center at the Lakes. This center becomes a major job producer, despite not having a true physical address. All statements issued from the Lakes processing plant list "The Lakes at Las Vegas" as the return address.


Introducing National Finals Rodeo

With the assistance of the Chamber's Las Vegas Events group, the city hosts its first National Finals Rodeo.


Leadership Las Vegas Premiers

The Chamber launches Leadership Las Vegas, a professional development program. The program is now in its 25th year and has a network of over 1,000 alumni dedicated to enhancing business and quality of life in Nevada.


Customer Service Excellence

The Chamber, in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, premieres Customer Service Excellence, a turnkey program designed to reward outstanding instances of customer service from exemplary individuals throughout the city.