The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors has selected Steve Hill as the next CEO, effective September 1. Hill will be the ninth leader of the LVCVA, succeeding the retiring CEO, Rossi Ralenkotter.
A Las Vegas resident for more than 30 years, Hill founded Silver State Materials in 1987 and supplied concrete and aggregates for many projects in the community. After selling Silver State, Hill was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to serve as the first Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in 2011, where he guided the development of “Moving Nevada Forward,” the plan for diversifying Nevada’s economy.
During his tenure with the GOED, Hill helped create numerous programs, including Workforce Innovations for the New Nevada, the Battle Born Venture Fund, and the Knowledge Fund. His work with GOED played a role in bringing business such as Tesla, Apple, Solar City, Barclaycard, Amazon and Hyperloop One to Nevada.
Governor Sandoval went on to appoint Hill as the Chairman of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee (SNTIC), which was charged with reviewing and recommending major economic development projects to the Governor and Legislature for approval.
The SNTIC reviewed several proposals and recommended approval for both the Las Vegas Convention Center District expansion and renovation project as well as the Raiders Stadium. Hill was also chosen as the chair of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, which provides oversight of the construction and operation of the stadium. He is also a member of the Southern Nevada Sporting Event Committee which will recommend a process in which to attract major new events to the destination.
Hill takes over the LVCVA as the organization is about to get under way on the largest infrastructure project in its history, the expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The project will add 1.4 million square feet of new space, with at least 600,000 square feet of usable exhibit space. The project will allow the destination to attract more business and allow existing clients to continue to grow their conventions.
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