Today, the Vegas Chamber is issuing a statement on the untimely and sad passing of Dr. Robert Lang, executive director of The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West. The Vegas Chamber has had a long working relationship with Dr. Lang on a variety of issues impacting Southern Nevada.

“Dr. Robert Lang forever transformed Southern Nevada. During the depths of the Great Recession, Dr. Lang and his colleagues at Brookings Mountain West, identified significant industries and infrastructure that Southern Nevada lacked that impeded economic recovery and diversification. He was a leading proponent of economic development and leveraging our strengthens to move our community forward. As a result of Rob’s vision, tenacity, and collaboration with the Vegas Chamber and other community organizations, our region became laser-focused on filling these critical gaps. Rob was an important bridge between academia and the business community; he understood how both sectors needed to work together to advance the community.

“Rob’s fingerprints are all over Las Vegas. His partnership with the Vegas Chamber spanned over a decade. Without Rob Lang, Las Vegas would not be where we are today. He was instrumental in spurring the creation of the UNLV School of Medicine, Allegiant Stadium, Interstate 11, UNLV achieving Carnegie R1 research status, and the formation of the Southern Nevada Forum, to name just a few.

“Rob will be deeply missed by his friends at the Vegas Chamber.”