A Dozen Personalities That Changed the Valley's Business Landscape: Tom Skancke

For the past 15 years, Tom Skancke has been all about transportation. Plugged in as owner of a public affairs and political consulting company, Skancke was hired by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to lobby for Southern Nevada’s tourism interests, particularly on highway projects that could bring Southern California tourists to the valley more efficiently. When interest began brewing for high-speed rail in California and a company started developing a train route between Las Vegas and Southern California, Skancke thought bigger. He helped organize the Western High Speed Rail Alliance, a non-profit group of transportation planners from Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Arizona. Their mission: to begin planning a rail network in the West.
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