Ellen was in Henderson on 9/11/01 and remembers the aftermath. "Tourism stopped completely. I remember walking into the MGM to buy show tickets and being the only customer in the lobby. Those days, there was no traffic on the strip, and our economy was dying. It was one of the eeriest experiences I've ever had, and I was apprehensive about our recovery. This told me that our long-term economic success requires our attracting additional businesses and industries. We can and must do this in a way that strengthens our current businesses."
As a business owner, Ellen Barre Spiegel knows first-hand that all Nevada businesses are interrelated and that economic vitality is in everyone's best interest. "Los Angeles has grown well past its days where the entertainment industry dominated the economy, but it is still the movie and television capital of the world, and we can grow the same way. We should always remember the importance of tourism to our economy, but we must diversify to ensure that we can weather economic storms."