NCAIED President Gary Davis at Monday luncheon. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert.
National Reservation Economic Summit, hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, taking place at the Mirage from March 21-24
Published March 22, 2016
LAS VEGAS – Celebrating its 30th Year, the National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) opened today at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center), National RES is the largest economic development gathering in Indian Country, with well over 3,000 attendees from across the United States and abroad. The conference features Native American business and tribal leaders, representatives from corporate America, government officials, accomplished entrepreneurs and business owners, and those hoping to jumpstart their business dreams. The conference, which will take place through Thursday, is expected to be the largest National RES event to date.
“National RES has grown tremendously over the last 30 years, and we have laid the foundation for 30 more years of successfully advancing the economic interests of Indian Country,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center. “Moving to our new location at the Mirage, RES 2016 will be our biggest and best event yet. Whether you’re looking for chances to network, business training, capital and procurement opportunities, or information about the most relevant business topics, RES is the place Indian Country comes to do business.”
For the first time, RES attendees will get free access to the Native Edge – the National Center’s innovative online platform to give users the edge in business. Indian Country Today called the Native Edge a “Linkedin, Monster.com & Facebook for Natives.” The Native Edge can be used to find and post jobs, network, access valuable job training, and learn about both government and corporate procurement opportunities. Registered attendees will get free access for one month after the conference, and can use the platform to enhance their in-person RES experience. For more information on the Native Edge or to sign up, please visit www.nativeedge.com.
Tabitha Barnett, Lockheed Martin, networks at RES on Monday.
After several years at the Mandalay Bay, this year’s event is taking place at the Mirage. Andy Wells, a RES attendee since the 1990s who has seen his business grow along with his attendance at the event, noted the event “is filled with excitement and a spirit of building business relationships.”
NCAIED’s Blake Trueblood talks about benefits of Native Edge.
To learn more about RES, please visit www.res.ncaied.org. The up-to-date conference agenda can be found here. Attendees at RES are encouraged to use the hashtag #RESis30, in celebration of the event’s 30th anniversary.