Downtown Summerlin is a 106-acre, 1.6 million-square-foot planned urban center within the 22,500-acre master planned community of Summerlin. The center will include 125 stores and restaurants, entertainment, a nine-story office building, a hotel and multi-family residential area. Downtown Summerlin was designed to create an urban core and is located east of the 215 Beltway, between Sahara Avenue and Charleston Boulevard. The development is planned to open on October 9.

Andrew Ciarrocchi, Senior General Manager for Downtown Summerlin, said that during the construction phase, over 2,000 people will have been hired to complete the project. Currently, 1,000 people are working, and while several contractors have completed their assignment, with construction beginning on 125 stores, more will be hired.

“When the project is open and the retail is in full swing,” Ciarrocchi said, ”there should be about 2,000 permanent jobs brought to the Las Vegas Valley area.”

As for surrounding businesses such as Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Ciarrocchi explained, “Whenever you add an attraction of this size, it will increase the energy around the property and increases the value of the businesses nearby as well.”

The Howard Hughes Corporation that develops, manages and owns residential, commercial and mixed-use real estate including Summerlin will be developing residential and commercial high-rise properties in Downtown Summerlin. “When the entire projection comes to fruition,” Ciarrocchi stated, “thousands of jobs will be created. This kind of project is great for all levels of job seekers. There are people there with college degrees looking for managerial positions as well as students attending high school and secondary education looking for part or full-time work. As people find employment in Downtown Summerlin, many will grow in their positions.”

Randy J. Char, Senior Vice President of Operations at One Queensridge Place, understands how a development such as Downtown Summerlin is an opportunity for a person who is prepared.

“My M.B.A. has really opened up doors for me because it has taken me from positions in sales and marketing and allowed me to transform into a leader,” he stated.

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on


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