October milestones

On Oct. 10, 1963 … Kiss the atomic age adios when the Limited Test Ban Treaty takes effect, eliminating aboveground testing at the Nevada Test Site. But we’ll always have Miss Atomic Bomb (a photo created by the late Don English of the Las Vegas News Bureau).

On Oct. 30, 1957 … A lasting Vegas landmark — and roaring tourism engine — begins its life when construction commences on the Las Vegas Convention Center, which would open in 1959 with a 90,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 6,300-seat arena. And a tourism legend and indispensable economic asset to Southern Nevada takes flight.


NAHB makes $1 billion-plus commitment to Las Vegas Convention Center

More than $1 billion in economic impact will be pumped into Southern Nevada coffers thanks to a new agreement between the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to bring the latter’s yearly International Builders’ Show (IBS) to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) annually for 13 consecutive years.

“For us, this is a no-brainer,” says NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. “You have the greatest convention facility in the world, which you’re making even better, in the greatest convention city in the world. Why wouldn’t we want to come here permanently?”

Starting in 2027 and stretching through 2039, the new deal is expected to generate an estimated $1.26 billion for the region. The agreement extends the long association between the NAHB and Las Vegas, which has hosted the show 19 out of the past 43 years that the show has traveled around the country, already having brought more than $1 billion to the local economy.

Hospitality Heroes

Spotlight: Alexandria Sandoval French, Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

A cool California chick, Alexandria “Alex” Sandoval French began her career at Treasure Island as a bus person in Starbucks. About six months later, she was promoted to Starbucks fountain worker.

Alex has been described as a natural-born leader who leads by example and goes above and beyond expectations. Because of her hard work and attention to detail, Alex was recommended by the Starbucks district manager to be the sole trainer for the TI Starbucks team.