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E11: Rethink the Way You Live and Work in Downtown Las Vegas
Kim Schaefer is the Head of Communications at Downtown Project Las Vegas. She is a Writer, editor, storyteller, and daydreamer. Kim moved to Las Vegas after capturing the vision of Downtown Project with her husband son to the dismay of many people who didn’t think this was a place to raise children. Kim is a hard core writer and her work, which tells the story of the remarkable, diverse, and fascinating people who are revitalizing Downtown Las Vegas. Her writing was previously featured in a variety of publications including Desert Companion, BLVDS, Vegas, and Vegas INC.
In episode #11 Dave talks with Kim Schaefer of the Downtown Project. A $350 million startup founded by Tony Hsieh of Zappos, the Downtown Project seeks to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area, including the historic original strip (Fremont Street).
That budget is set up to fund a number of important community initiatives:
- $200 million for real estate acquisition and residential development;
- $50 million in investments in tech startups through VegasTechFund;
- $50 million to invest in small businesses; and
- $50 million for education efforts including a partnership with Teach for America and our ultimate goal of having a K-12 charter or private school in Downtown Las Vegas.
Dave and Kim discuss the tourism vs locals and what does it take to call it home in Las Vegas. They also break down the Downtown Container Park and how it came to be the Small business incubator. Kim talks about Co-working space and why they are so important for growing your creativity and how this can help entrepreneurs you normally work at home. They talk about how you can learn more about the Downtown project by taking a tour, listening to speakers, joining in on the mixers, and you can get details about the Downtown Low Down. They finally touch on how Las Vegas has become a car culture and how to take advantage of parking in downtown.
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