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February 4, 2013

Fellow Spotlight: Josh Levine, Downtown Project

Name: Josh Levine
Hometown: New Haven, CT
University: Wesleyan University ’12
Creative Mind,  Downtown Project
Las Vegas, NV
 
What initially attracted you to Venture for America?

My immediate professional goal was to find or create work that would improve whichever city I found myself in and would also not be boring. When I discovered VFA I could hardly believe it was real.
I became even more enamored when I found the late Marina Keegan’s brilliant essay, “Even Artichokes Have Doubts,” posted on the VFA blog.

What is the best part of being a VFA Fellow?
The culture of taking risks, accepting uncertainty, solving problems, and just trying things out is a constant source of motivation and inspiration for me.

What does Downtown Project do?
Downtown Project is an unusual urban development company that is focused on making Downtown Las Vegas a better place to live, work, play, and visit by investing in real estate development, tech startups, small businesses, education, healthcare, and the arts.

What do you do on a typical day at work?
I’m working with ZDoggMD to build an innovative primary care clinic Downtown. What we do is very much in flux as we get closer to breaking ground, but on a recent day I met with potential partners, filmed and edited video, tried to come up with a name for the clinic and scouted out potential clinic locations.

What’s your favorite thing about Las Vegas?
The rate of change here is unbelievable. Downtown will feel like a different place within a year and no one knows what it will be like five or ten years from now.

What do you hope to accomplish in your time with VFA?
It may take more than two years, but I want the clinic we build in Vegas to become an effective and replicable model that will help to reconstruct the American healthcare system.
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