Oscar Goodman inks deal with LVCVA to be Las Vegas ambassador

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Mayor Oscar Goodman during his second to last day in office at Las Vegas City Hall Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's board of directors unanimously approved a deal Tuesday that makes former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman the official ambassador of Las Vegas.

Goodman's title will be chairman of the LVCVA host committee, a new committee comprised of a dozen community leaders from different Las Vegas business sectors.

Under the two-year contract, Goodman will be paid $60,000 a year as an independent contractor with an option to extend for two more years.

Goodman's duties will include welcoming trade shows and conventions to the city, conducting media interviews, educating the public on the tourism industry and promoting Las Vegas.

Talks of the deal surfaced in April when Goodman said at a housing conference that he was meeting with officials from the LVCVA to possibly become part of a branding campaign for Las Vegas.

In addition to his role with the LVCVA, Goodman's other post-mayoral duties will include opening a steakhouse in downtown's renovated Plaza hotel-casino.

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  1. That 60K is some of the best money they have ever spent. Mr. Goodman will get Las Vegas 100 times that in FREE press around the world.

    He has been able to keep us in the lime light even during the bad times.

    No one has ever been a better promoter of Vegas then Mr. Goodman. Glad to see he will continue to do what he does best, bring in the people and the money to Las Vegas.

  2. Vegaslee has the right of it. The combination of Oscar, showgirls and Bombay gin are as much a part of the Vegas brand as the Welcome sign is. It's going to be fun seeing what Carolyn can come up with to match it (she'll never top it.)

  3. Vegas is back for Las Vegans and those who love it, and that's great news.