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LAS VEGAS -- One prominent business website, Kiplinger.com, is ranking Las Vegas as one of the 11 comeback cities of 2011. They are citing the growing healthcare industry as a catalyst for success.

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health put Las Vegas on the map for research and treatment of neurological diseases and it's also helped draw other businesses to Las Vegas.

"Cleveland Clinic was a gift to this community," said Somer Hollingsworth, Nevada Development Authority president.

The secret to being a comeback kid might be in science and shoes. Kiplinger notes that Zappos is moving out of Henderson to the Las Vegas City Hall building and expanding their operations.

The Cleveland Clinic set up shop in the valley two years ago and is already treating 2,000 patients for alzheimer's, ALS, parkinson's and soon multiple sclerosis.

"The wonderful thing about them is they're already here but everybody is watching what they do. They bring so much credibility and are such a magnet for Las Vegas, it's incredible," said Hollingsworth.

"A lot of times people say you leave town for medicine, but here at the center for brain health, we're seeing an actual uptick of people who come here from out of town to seek medical services in Las Vegas, and we're very proud of that," said Maureen Peckman, Cleveland Clinic.

It's called medical tourism when people travel for treatment and bring their families with them. But the Cleveland Clinic is more concerned about improving the local medical community through partnerships.

"Our main premise is to partner with local medicine, so understanding where the undeserved areas are and looking where we can partner is the main strategy as we look to expand into other service lines and medical areas," said Peckman.

The Nevada Development Authority says reputable names and companies will bring more business to Las Vegas and help sin city survive the recession.

"Everything that made us great, everything that made every company in America want to move here, is still here. The business climate is still flawless. We haven't changed that, so coming out of this recession, we don't have to do anything except hang on and do what we've been doing," said Hollingsworth.

In 2010, 23 companies moved to Las Vegas providing more than $300 million in economic impact. A third came from California and now some are coming from Illinois because of increased state taxes there.

Other cities that made the comeback list are Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, San Jose, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, and Flint, Michigan.

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