The transformation and renovation of downtown Las Vegas continues as more new businesses open, bringing jobs to the area in forms of construction as well as permanent employment.

The Venues Group, a special event and entertainment facility group, celebrated the development of its downtown Las Vegas location with a ceremonial ground-breaking event on August 7th and is scheduled to open in February 2015. Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and executives from The Venue Scottsdale, including Owner and Founder Victor Perrillo and Vice President David Twigger, participated in the press conference and ground-breaking event.

According to Perrillo, The Venue Las Vegas will add 200 jobs to the downtown area. “I’ve wanted to expand to Las Vegas for many years, and purchased this land eight years ago,” said Perrillo in a press release. “I waited to build our second location until the time was right. With recent investments the community has made to revitalize downtown, we felt that this year was the perfect time to develop The Venue Las Vegas.”

Located in the heart of downtown, The Market will combine a full-scale urban grocery shopping experience with an intimate café setting and is expected to open in October; creating approximately 40 permanent jobs.

The Fremont East district and surrounding areas continue to blossom. A long-abandoned 7-11 store has been opened as Inspire featuring the Wayfarer Bar, News Cafe and a state-of-the art performance space and 150-seat theater. Other businesses recently opened in the area include Skullduggery (wine and cheese bar), Wild (restaurant) and Rachel’s Kitchen.

The John E. Carson Hotel, a 19,000-square-foot building built-in 1955, has been renovated by the Downtown Project as a commercial complex including restaurants, retail and 11 micro-offices including O Face donuts, apothecary Bud &Vine, Grass Roots juice bar, Kerry Simon’s Carson Kitchen, Bunnyfish Studios architects, Bocho sushi restaurant, Bikram Yoga studio, Digital Royalty social media company and the Las Vegas Film Festival.

Along with employment in the actual businesses are professionals needed to support the infrastructure which include developers, designers and construction during renovations along with marketing and public relations and those proficient in technology.

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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