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Ex-Austin mayor slated to speak in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

He has a last name familiar with Las Vegas but is chiefly known in his native Texas as the one-time leader of the state's Capitol city.

Former Austin Mayor Will Wynn is slated to speak Tuesday in the Downtown Speaker Series in a lecture titled "Lessons from Downtown Austin's Journey."

According to organizers, Wynn, who was elected as a two-term mayor of Austin from 2003 through 2009, has been a proponent of spurring local economy, even if it means encouraging live music, film and technology.

Wynn's city has picked up a reputation in recent years of harboring an arts and music scene with the help of events like Austin City Limits Festival and South-by-Southwest.

Austin has also spurred on technology, being home to extension offices of companies such as Google and Facebook. That presence has led to central Texas being called "Silicon Hills."

"Cities that are more fun to live, work and play in, are going to do better economically," Wynn has frequently said, according to the speaker series organizers.

The event is slated for 4:30 p.m. with a pre-speech complimentary ice cream offering. Wynn is slated to speak at 5 p.m.

The speech will take place at the Learning Village at 715 Fremont St. in downtown Las Vegas.

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