MGM Resorts International and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) announced a partnership to establish a think tank that will seek bipartisan solutions to a range of economic, social, political and workplace issues. The MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute at UNLV will be co-chaired by Senator Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner and will focus on wide-ranging, substantive and relevant national and international policy issues that impact the travel, tourism, hospitality and gaming industries and the global communities in which they operate.
"I'm excited about the possibilities the Institute offers to proactively explore issues and develop bipartisan policy solutions – especially on topics that matter to our workforce, our communities and the industries in which we play a leading role," said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. "I'm pleased to have a partnership with UNLV, a leading academic and research institution, and am deeply honored to have the guidance and involvement of Senator Reid and Speaker Boehner."
The development of the Institute is an important part of MGM Resorts' ongoing efforts to expand its leadership in broader conversations on matters of public policy and will continue to bolster UNLV's already strong engagement on a wide variety of national and international issues.
Len Jessup, president of UNLV said, "Identifying solutions to complex public-policy issues can only be achieved through robust debate and our university – with its diverse expertise and capacity for community engagement – is a natural setting. We look forward to working with the leadership of MGM Resorts and the Institute co-chairs to further define a compelling research and policy agenda." The Institute will be housed in UNLV's School of Public Policy and Leadership within the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.
Senator Reid and Speaker Boehner jointly stated, "While our public opposition on issues may be more storied than our private friendship, we have successfully collaborated on complex problems and signature ideas and look forward to doing so again. As passionate and committed believers in the importance of public service, we are eager to work with MGM Resorts and UNLV to inspire a new generation to serve their country through public office."
Work will begin at the Institute later this year pending formal approval by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents.