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The idea that Las Vegas, whose modern origins are now the stuff of Hollywood legend as depicted in such films as Bugsy, The Aviator, and Casino, could qualify as a true world city seems a stretch. Most places achieve world city status by being financial, trade, or manufacturing hubs, or, as is the case with the biggest and most connected world cities, have a concentration of all three. Las Vegas took a different path to becoming a world city.
ASA Council voted unanimously at its February 2011 meeting in Washington, DC, to bring a revised dues structure to the membership for its approval in the May 2011 ASA annual election (see information on candidates). After two years of discussion with the ASA Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (EOB), Council decided that it was necessary to revise the dues structure to make it fairer and more progressive and to provide a new membership category for unemployed sociologists.
The economic downturn and the difficult financial situation of many institutions of higher education have been a challenge for most individuals and organizations; but ASA has weathered the storm well through prudent management of the Association’s operating budget and its investments.