RECAP: First-Ever Virtual “DC in LV” Fly-In Event

Our CEO Jonas Peterson joined Vegas Chamber Chamber SVP Paul Moradkhan and Board member Hugh Anderson at the opening reception.


The Vegas Chamber and LVGEA joined forces once again to host “D.C. in LV” from September 14-17. This year’s event took place virtually and was open to all Vegas Chamber and LVGEA members. Participants became part of history with the first-ever virtual fly-in.

This virtual Washington, D.C. Fly-in connected attendees with state and federal representatives on issues impacting Nevada’s business community. They had the chance to advocate for their organizations and build relationships within the business community.

They also had the opportunity to hear from an incredible lineup of speakers, including a schedule of LVGEA-led sessions. Here is a look at each of those presentations:

  • On day two of DC in LV, Stephanie Fekete informed our audience about the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy’s mission to make sure small businesses’ voices are heard.
  • Jeff Finkle, president and CEO of International Economic Development Council, discussed the latest on federal COVID-19 response and the future of economic development policies.
  • Jeff Brown of Bertelsmann Foundation wrapped up the first block of LVGEA-led sessions with a talk on the future of work, addressing how sectors and industries will change and adapt moving forward.
  • That same day, we had a great lunchtime Hail to the Chiefs session with the heads of staff for our congressional representatives, moderated by our Board Chair and Cox Business VP Derrick Hill.
  • On the final day, LVGEA led sessions with Santec’s Greg Rodriguez discussed the future and possibilities of innovation in transportation infrastructure.
  • National Association of Workforce Boards CEO Ron Painter addressed the vital importance of workforce development through the pandemic’s recovery period.
  • And Economic Innovation Group’s Rachel Reilly educated our attendees on the purpose of Opportunity Zones and the roles they play in our communities.

Finally, Vegas Chamber and LVGEA capped off the successful week with a safe, small closing reception at Wynn Las Vegas, where Jonas and Derrick provided closing remarks alongside the Vegas Chamber team.

Thank you to our partners at Vegas Chamber, our generous sponsors who made his possible, and our attendees for making this first-of-its-kind virtual event a success.

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