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Nevada is better off, thanks to Robert Lang

L.E. Baskow

Robert Lang, Brookings Mountain West co-director, replies to former Regional Transportation Commission Chairman Bruce Woodbury as they focus on the potential of sunshine rail in Las Vegas on the Greenspun Media Group workplaces on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Note: Lindy Schumacher is the CEO of the Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas.

In this and her earlier tasks with the Dream Fund and Lincy Foundation, she has performed a pivotal function within the creation of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV in addition to the Lincy Institute. She was there on the very starting of Robert Lang’s tenure and in some ways is the first motive for his coming to Las Vegas.

— Brian Greenspun

“I want him,” I stated, the primary time I listened to Rob Lang communicate to an viewers. It was over 10 years in the past.

My accomplice on the Lincy Foundation responded, “You mean the other man, Mark?” No, Mark was sensible, however too good. Nevada would eat him alive. We like to destroy people who find themselves not from right here, and I knew Rob had the spine for this work. More than that, Rob knew us better than we knew ourselves.

“I want the other one, the funny one. I want Rob,” I stated.

Thus started the Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West marriage. It was an awesome thought, however it wanted an awesome particular person. Rob agreed to uproot his security, safety and household to roll the cube on a brand new thought in a cool and never very subtle market — the other of the D.C. Beltway he was born to rule. The idea was easy: Make Nevada stronger, unravel our previous and set us up for a extra honest and profitable future. Fair was outlined by night the enjoying subject north to south and getting us on the radar for federal funding. I made a listing. It included however was not restricted to:

1. Get the south a much-needed medical faculty

2. Maybe a stadium and an expert sports activities staff

3. Unravel the dysfunctional larger training system and repair the funding method.

4. Fix a really damaged transportation system — for vacationers and for locals.

5. Call native leaders to account once they fail to act boldly, correctly and pretty towards the tens of millions of people that name Southern Nevada house. Conversely, assist them discover the way in which ahead by means of info, knowledge and, when wanted, persuasion.

The listing was an extended and winding highway that spanned drugs to infrastructure to training. They responded. It was attainable, however it will have to be a 10-year plan. I suppose the oldsters at Brookings Mountain West underestimated themselves. For certain, they underestimated Rob. Most of that listing — an inconceivable activity to full in 10 years — was added to repeatedly and completed in simply 5 years.

I’m all the time stopped on the road to hear from folks about how “they” acquired the medical faculty performed or how “this” explicit politician fastened larger training in Nevada. As in the event that they needed me to pat them on the again or write them a test. I knew better. I do know better. It was Rob.

Rob Lang performed an excellent recreation of chess with us, and he hated to lose. He didn’t lose. More importantly, he by no means wanted the credit score for his success nor did he search it. That was his superpower.

As irritating because it could possibly be at occasions, he caught to the info and his command of logic. And he prevailed. Which signifies that Nevada was the winner.

People both beloved Rob or hated Rob. That’s the Nevada approach. You are both on my staff or you might be in opposition to me. My solely retort to the haters was two easy questions. “Did Rob ever lie?” The answer was all the time “no.” The second question was, “So if he did not lie, you just don’t like him?” The answer was all the time “yes.”

My pricey, fantastic Rob, they didn’t like the reality and they didn’t like the way in which you offered the reality, however so what? You prevailed, Nevada is better off, and I do know that’s all that mattered to you.

The Lincy Foundation, the Dream Fund and the nameless donor gave me loads of freedom to make an impression in Las Vegas. I’ve stated prior to now and can say it till I take my final breath: The greatest reward we gave this group was Rob Lang. Like it or not, like him or not, he was the billion-dollar return on our funding that may proceed to flourish for 60 extra years.

And when you assume for one second that this sensible, type and sophisticated man left us and not using a plan for our future, then you could have underestimated him but once more.

Rest in peace Rob, I provide you with my promise to keep on for you the way in which you carried on for Nevada.

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