2016 SPEAKERS

Virginia Valentine

Ms. Valentine is currently the president of the Nevada Resort Association (NRA).  The NRA is an industry trade association representing Nevada’s resort/casino industry.  The NRA is involved in state and local regulations, lawmaking and policies effecting gaming.

Ms. Valentine was formerly the chief executive officer for Clark County, Nevada. Clark County is the country’s 15th largest county and provides extensive regional and municipal-type services to more than two million residents. In her position as the county’s chief executive officer, she was charged with carrying out the policies established by the seven-member Board of County Commissioners and overseeing 38 diverse and geographically dispersed departments and agencies (including McCarran International Airport, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and the Clark County Water Reclamation District).  Clark County provides regional services for all county residents and municipal services to the 900,000 residents who live in the unincorporated area which includes the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and several rural towns.

Ms. Valentine previously served as the city manager for the City of Las Vegas, Nevada. The City of Las Vegas at that time was one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.  As city manager, she reported to the mayor and council and was responsible for overseeing the city’s 16 departments.

Prior to joining the city, Ms. Valentine was a senior vice president for a national consulting engineering firm.  In that position, Ms. Valentine was responsible for overseeing the public works and environmental divisions in the western region.  She served as principal-in-charge for several large civil engineering projects, including flood control improvements and master plan updates, the apron improvements for the “D” gates at McCarran International airport and several transportation projects.

Ms. Valentine was the first chief engineer and general manager of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District (CCRFCD).  As general manager of a newly created agency, she developed the county’s first flood control master plan and all the district’s programs, including flood plain management regulations, the advanced flood warning system and environmental mitigation.  One of her chief accomplishments at the CCRFCD was obtaining federal funding for the $300 million United States Army Corps of Engineers Tropicana and Flamingo Wash project.

She has a B.S.C.E. from the University of Idaho and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She is a registered Professional Engineer in Nevada and is involved in several engineering, community and charitable organizations.