The Future of Work: Las Vegas

Technology is rapidly reshaping industries, economies, and the world of work. While there is disagreement as to whether or not the transformation will create or eliminate jobs, there is consensus that it will transform entire industries and the nature of work itself.

Broad policy recommendations to ease this transition fail to take into account how the future of work is playing out across cities and regions with vastly different economic and labor profiles. A new study by the Bertelsmann Foundation, in partnership with the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), attempts to answer how the future of work will impact Las Vegas and its workers specifically.

Summary of Main Findings

Las Vegas’s “pioneering mentality” dictates its attitudes towards work, workforce development, and the future of work, and its policymakers’ hands-off approach to the workforce has led to few long-term investments in education, training, and workforce development. In partnership with the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), we offer the following strategies:

  • Reshaping the low-tax, low-regulation (and, ultimately, low-investment) approach to training workers for the future of work in Las Vegas;

  • Separating future of work planning and solutions from short-term economic and political goals;

  • Examining overall job quality, wages, inequality, housing, transportation, and quality of life;

  • Channeling the Las Vegas “pioneering mentality” to drive future of work solutions;

  • Communicating the implications of technology and automation to frontline workers;

  • And incentivizing businesses to help them upskill and retrain their current workforce.


Jeffrey Brown
Manager, Future of Work & Artificial Intelligence