Governor's Office of Economic Development
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Pandemic Emergency Technical Support Grant Program makes $20 million in Corona-virus Relief Funds available to provide operational support to small businesses, non-profits organizations, arts and culture organizations, and local Chambers of Commerce impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is intended to be flexible and ensure that eligible businesses, non-profits and other entities can adequately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, safely reopen and continue their operations.
Application Period:  Monday, October 19, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. through Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
 
 
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A MESSAGE FROM
Executive Director Michael Brown
 

When the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board of Directors approved abatements for Google and Lithium Nevada Corp., it felt like Nevada was back open for business for the first time since COVID-19 hit more than six months ago.

These are great companies that will together invest more than $1 billion in our state, create 163 permanent high-skilled, high-wage jobs and in the interim produce more than 5,000 construction jobs. Governor Steve Sisolak should be lauded for striking a creative balance between boosting our economy and guiding the development of corporate social policy that is in the state’s best interests.
 
 
 
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The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board of Directors approved abatements for Lithium Nevada Corp. and Google (Design, LLC) that will result in $1.1 billion in investments and the creation of 163 permanent jobs and 5,300 construction jobs.
 
“These are two good companies that are bringing highly skilled and paid jobs to Nevada – both in the immediate period and for the long term,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “During this downturn in our economy, we are grateful for the major investments that Lithium Nevada Corp., and Google are each making in our state.”
 
Google plans to invest $600 million in a data center for Google products and services at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) in Storey County that will employ at least 50 people at an average wage of $31.29 per hour. Additionally, GOED estimates this will create more than 2,500 construction jobs. The company expects the facility to be fully operational in 2021. They were approved for a 2 percent sales tax abatement for 20 years that is worth an estimated $16.8 million and a 75 percent personal property tax abatement for 20 years that is worth an estimated $8.25 million.
 
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Jim Murren – Chairman, Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force
 
The Nevada COVID-19 Task Force was formed in response to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. Led by Jim Murren and a group of business leaders and community members, its mission is to mobilize the private sector in securing supplies, equipment and funding to meet the community’s most urgent needs and remove barriers to facilitate direct and efficient collaboration between community partners and the appropriate authorities. By bringing the philanthropic and business communities together, the group has worked to effectively fulfill those needs and ease the strain on Nevadans and our medical community.
 
Within the first week, the Task Force was able to make significant progress in their efforts:
 
  • The NV Energy Foundation donated $1 million dollars to nine organizations across Nevada to support those in need.
  • Wynn Resorts announced the procurement of 240,000 N95-equivalent CDC-approved respirator masks, 600,000 surgical masks, 500,000 pairs of medical gloves and 2,000 medical gowns.
  • MGM Resorts International donated 100,000 surgical masks, 1,000 KN-95 masks and 800 units of goggles to the Nevada healthcare system, in addition to hundreds of thousands of pounds of meals and food to community nonprofits.
 
After those initial efforts, the Nevada COVID-19 Task Force and the rapidly evolving situation around the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to make an impact:
 
  • Over $12.1 million dollars raised.
  • 700,000 N95 masks, 3,100,000 surgical masks, 1,466,400 gloves, and 207, 824 face shields, safety glasses, and goggles donated to first responder.
  • Made grants and payments to assist the State of Nevada and its political subdivisions in responding to COVID-19.
 
Murren and his team are continuing to identify areas of greatest need and ensuring Nevada has the resources it needs to effectively deal with this crisis.
 
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The CoLab Esports Innovation Lab Project being developed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) International Gaming Institute’s Hospitality and Esports Labs is the latest example of Las Vegas rising to the challenge.
 
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s (GOED) Knowledge Fund investment in the CoLab Esports Innovation Lab Project between Rainmaking and the International Gaming Institute's (IGI) Hospitality and Esports Labs is the first of its kind and a major step in funding development in the hospitality and gaming industries post-COVID-19 pandemic era.
 
“GOED’s funding is perfectly placed to leverage the explosive demand for online entertainment and esports with the pressing need for real-world revenue and economic recovery for Nevada's most significant industry,” said Michael Brown, GOED executive director. “This Knowledge Fund project combines strengthening Nevada’s gaming and hospitality sector and ensures that this industry in which Nevada has enjoyed a global competitive advantage for decades will stay ahead and continue to thrive, which in these challenging times is more important than ever.”
 
Rainmaking is an outstanding innovation and development firm with a strong history of commercialization of intellectual property (IP) to specific vertical industries. Rainmaking's unique approach is to work directly with industry representatives to understand the types of problems that – when solved through entrepreneurial and innovative thinking – result in immediate economic development activity.
 
 
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GOED Knowledge Fund Project at University of Nevada, Reno Key to Three Company Expansions and Job Creation
 
Since 2015, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has made a $6.2 million investment in the University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR). During the past four years, NCAR has engaged with more than 110 companies and agencies with the following results:
 
  • $20 million in venture capital investment earned by NCAR-affiliated companies
  • More than 90 jobs created by NCAR-affiliated companies
  • $23.6 million in grants, contracts, investments, gifts, and agreements generated
  • to the University
  • 13 companies currently working on campus
 
“The ultimate benefit for the state’s economy is the strengthening and growth of companies through innovation leading to the creation of high paying and sustainable jobs of the future for Nevadans,” said Governor Steve Sisolak.
 
After a period of successful business incubation, three technology companies that were incubated in NCAR have emerged as viable companies and have outgrown their operation at NCAR. The three new companies that had chosen to locate laboratory R&D operations at UNR are Bioelectronica, NexTech Batteries and LactaLogics. Each conducted its business-startup operations in on-campus laboratory space managed by NCAR, which has been receiving financial support from GOED since 2015. They have relocated all or some operations to private, commercial space, two of them – Bioelectronica and NexTech Batteries – remain in northern Nevada and continue to do work with NCAR through a fee-for-service agreement.
 
“UNR has been supporting GOED’s vision for the creation of Applied Research Centers at Nevada’s research universities of which NCAR is a formidable and leading example,” said Michael Brown, GOED executive director. “NCAR is providing highly innovative fast-growing companies an access point to the university and its resources for instance faculty expertise, intellectual capital (IP), critical equipment, infrastructure like the Living Lab, and vital laboratory space for their development. NCAR is providing businesses with a safe zone to foster their growth as well as offering innovation on demand.”
 
 
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Velodyne Announces Partnership with University of Nevada, Reno to Build Smart and Safer Transportation Infrastructure
 
Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced a partnership with University of Nevada, Reno to advance research in transportation infrastructure. The university’s Nevada Center for Applied Research purchased and, in conjunction with the Nevada DOT and Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, is using Velodyne’s lidar sensors in its Intelligent Mobility initiative to collect data aimed at making transportation more efficient, sustainable and safe.
 
“Velodyne’s lidar sensors have been instrumental in our transportation research, providing the accurate, reliable 3D data we need in our Intelligent Mobility program”
 
The program has integrated Velodyne Ultra Puck lidar sensors with traffic signals to detect, count and track pedestrians, cyclists and traffic to help improve traffic analytics, congestion management and pedestrian safety. These lidar sensors have been placed at crossing signs and intersections in the city of Reno, Nevada, and because lidar used today does not allow for facial recognition, these smart city applications can preserve trust and anonymity among the public.
 
“Lidar-enhanced” roads can also communicate data to connected vehicles to support eco-drive and collision avoidance applications. To address roadway congestion monitoring, university researchers have developed speed measurement, and delay and queue length measurements using lidar data.
 
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GOED Partners with Nevada Organizations to Create Statewide Rural Nevada Virtual Pitch Competition with Cash Prizes Up to $1,000
 
The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is partnering with StartUpNV, Entrepreneur’s Assembly, Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority, business leaders, and other government entities, in a new statewide initiative to foster entrepreneurship in Nevada’s smaller cities and towns.

The rural Nevada Virtual Pitch Competition will be held on Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with remote connections through Nevada’s smaller cities and towns. The pitch competition will include educational resources and learning sessions to assist and elevate innovation and entrepreneurship efforts of Rural Nevadans. Winning pitches will be awarded cash prizes up to $1,000 thanks to a sponsorship from NV Energy
For more information contact NVRuralPitch2020@gmail.com
“This free event is designed to help existing businesses expand, or launch new innovative businesses in a challenging economy,” Governor Steve Sisolak said. “To be part of a global economy, Nevada needs to utilize the talent and idea generation of our residents. We have seen global companies emerge from the idea stage, and we believe that when given an opportunity, such a company with global impact could come from our rural communities.”
 
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Nevada Procurement Technical Assistance Center Client Success Story –
Lito Corporation Wins Two Small Business Innovation Research Awards from
U.S. Air Force
 
For the past three years, the Lito Corporation (Litocorp) has been working with the Nevada Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to learn how to pursue and compete for federal contracts. Through this engagement, following the guidance of Southern Nevada’s PTAC, Litocorp has been awarded two separate Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contracts from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Research Laboratory/AFWERX in the past six months. Under each respective contract, Litocorp will be providing deliverable product innovations for the USAF.
 
“I would like to congratulate Lito Villanueva, a prior-Air Force service-disabled veteran, who created this company specializing in defense technology engineering and consulting,” said Michael Brown, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) executive director. “These two SBIR Phase I contracts have also resulted in the creation of two new jobs within his company. Since entering the Nevada PTAC, Procurement Outreach Program in 2017, Lito has been fully engaged in the program’s outreach activities. He has employed the full spectrum of Nevada PTAC services, especially counseling on a myriad of topics related to government contracting.”
 
 
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In support of Governor Steve Sisolak’s priority to help small businesses, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has awarded $150,000 in federal grants to 30 Nevada small businesses to succeed in the international marketplace.
 
“Small businesses are the backbone of Nevada’s economy and supporting their expansion into foreign markets will help them grow,” Gov. Sisolak said. “The stronger our small businesses are, the stronger Nevada’s economy will be as a whole.”
 
GOED approved the applications for the funding through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). The grant objective is to increase the number of Nevada exporters and increase export sales. A total of $257,914 in federal funding is available through the program for small businesses. Earlier this year, GOED awarded $204,000 to thirty-eight small businesses under the STEP grant program.
 
“Benefits of exporting for Nevada small businesses are increased competitiveness, increased sales, higher profits, lower costs, reduced vulnerability and extending the product life cycle,” said Michael Brown, GOED executive director. “Exports lead to domestic production. Domestic production requires domestic labor which leads to an increase in employment in our state. There have been more than 50,000 jobs created by exports in Nevada last year.”
 
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16 Rural Nevada Communities Receive
$3.2 Million in CDBG Funding
 
Rural Nevada will receive $3,273,974 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding through a federal program administered by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
 
“These 16 awards and projects range from $12,229 for an extrication tool for the Ely Fire Department to $751,500 for a drainage project in Lincoln County,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “So important in all of this is the investment our rural Nevada communities make to our great State. I am glad to see that 102,657 Nevadans are estimated to benefit from these projects.”
 
Since 1982, when the State began administration of the program, more than $95 million has been awarded to rural Nevada communities. The CDBG program enables local governments to undertake a wide range of activities intended to create suitable living environments, provide decent affordable housing, and create economic opportunities, primarily for persons of low and moderate income. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) oversees the program and the Rural Community Development Division of the Governor’s Office aof Economic Development administers the program for the State of Nevada.
 
 
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MOBILE LAB
 
The mobile lab and Western Nevada College’s (WNC) Automation and Industrial Technology program prepare future employees of Nevada's WIOA-identified in-demand industries like advanced manufacturing, automated systems, and emerging demand industry sectors such as aerospace, logistics, and mining. Knowledge and skills taught include, fundamental knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems, general manufacturing technologies, and adaptable troubleshooting skills in mechatronics that is taught through 12 units of college study. The mobile lab will be customized with equipment for hands-on lab exercises and technical training experiences for both the Manufacturing Technician program and the Siemens Mechatronics Level 1 program. Students complete extensive and rigorous technical online coursework, starting with the fundamentals and building into complex topics as they progress through the college classes to prepare for industry certification.
 
Due to the demand for these classes in rural areas, WNC will be taking manufacturing on the road in a mobile lab. The lab will enable WNC's High School Jump Start partners, such as Silver Stage and Oasis Academy, to include these college courses for dual credit, allowing students to be prepared for the technical workforce. The mobile lab will also be used to train WNC students at Fallon, Yerington, Fernley, and Minden campuses, Prison Education Program (PEP), on tribal lands, and to eventually train incumbent workers on-site at their employer.
 
Meeting students at their physical levels is a critical component of the mobile lab model and the efforts to close rural educational attainment gaps. Most of WNC’s 10,000 square mile, 5-county service area is identified as either a physical higher education desert or a physical and online education desert by the Urban Institute.
 
Click Bond, Nevada Copper, Corp, and Comstock Mining Inc sponsored this application as necessary to support the skills needed for nearly 400 job openings in the coming years.
 
Once launched, WNC expects to train up to 60 students per semester in the mobile lab, or up to 120 students annually. As this capacity is reached, additional instructors would be recruited, trained, and certified to further increase available opportunities for students in northern Nevada.
 
 
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Nevada Employment and
Education Services
 
Securing steady employment can be a challenge under any circumstance. The companies listed below are a few providing employment and education services to Nevadans who need it. Check it out!
 
UNEMPLOYMENT
Individuals who have lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are eligible to file for unemployment benefits through the state of Nevada.
 
Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
File for unemployment benefits on their website:
http://ui.nv.gov/home.htm

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
File for assistance on their website:
https://www.employnv.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx)

EDUCATION
Individuals who are looking to upskill or reskill can enroll in the following programs:
 
EmployNV
EmployNV offers an extensive list of resources on the website for training and education programs that are related to your occupation or field of interest.
https://www.employnv.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx
 
Nevada System of Higher Education
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Great Basin College
  • Nevada State College
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Western Nevada College
  • Nevada State College
 
Western Governors University
WGU Nevada is an online school with career-aligned bachelor's and master's degrees in – IT, teaching, business, and healthcare – designed to help working professionals fit an online university education into their busy lives. Appy for WGU’s Online Access Scholarship:  www.wgu.edu/access

EMPLOYMENT
Individuals who are looking for a new job can utilize the following resources:
 
EmployNV
In addition to the various online sites for job search, Nevadans can tap into job postings and employment related services. https://www.employnv.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx
 
Nevada Career Explorer
This a good option for Nevadans looking to explore skills and pathways to new employment. https://nv.headed2.com/
 
Life Works NV
Students and young adults seeking entry to employment or work-based learning opportunities. www.lifeworksnv.org
 
Governor's Office of Workforce Innovation
Apprenticeships seeking applications are listed on OWINN's website:
http://owinn.nv.gov/Apprenticeship/Announcements/#opportunities
 
 
GOED is charged with responsibilities to promote, coordinate, support and oversee all economic development programs, activities and efforts. To accomplish this, GOED contracts Regional Development Authorities (RDA) to provide services to aid, promote, and encourage economic development of Nevada. The following RDAs have been working diligently to promote economic growth in Nevada throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA):  Filming has begun in Minden, Gardnerville and Carson City for “Once Upon a Main Street,” a new Hartbreak Films holiday movie to air on the Lifetime Channel this winter. Northern Nevada Development Authority and Visit Carson Valley have collaborated over the past year to work with the Nevada Film Office on a pilot project to identify attributes that Douglas County could offer to film, television and other production companies. This is the second film to be shot in the area this year.
 
 
Rural Nevada Development Corp:  The I-80 Fund was launched in June by Nevada Gold Mines to assist local businesses that are applying for and receiving low interest loans to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses in Elko, Lander, Humboldt, and Eureka counties are eligible to apply for support through the program’s relief and recovery loans.
 
 
Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN):  EDAWN and Lieutenant Governor Kate Marshall announced Discover Podium, Unstoppable Domains, theBalm & Mary Kay are bringing more than 600 jobs to the Northern Nevada in the next year. These companies will provide jobs in blockchain software development, business development, engineering, marketing, warehouse operations, career consulting, and more.
 
 
LVGEA Welcomes Five New Board Members:  Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) has appointed five new members to serve the organization on the LVGEA50 Board of Directors: Mayor Carolyn Goodman, City of Las Vegas; Lawrence Barnard, Nevada Market President, Siena Campus President and CEO, Dignity Health; Lauri Perdue, Campus Director, University of Phoenix; Vince Sanudo, Market Vice President – Southwest Area, Republic Services; and Catherine Raw, COO North America, Barrick Gold Corporation.

LVGEA and Vegas Chamber Add Directors of Workforce Development:  The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) and Vegas Chamber have added new workforce development professionals to their teams, Jake McClelland and George Hemp respectively, to help businesses access skilled employees. The two new Directors of Workforce Development provide employers streamlined access to valuable resources available through the Nevada public workforce development system.
 
Commercial Rental Assistance Grant Program Update
 
The State’s Commercial Rental Assistance Grant (CRAG) Program has officially closed! Full CRAG applications were due on Wednesday, September 23rd. On Wednesday’s deadline, approximately 850 Nevada based businesses and non-profits had submitted complete applications for the Program. Over the next few weeks, the State’s vendor, NDC, will review those applications for completeness and eligibility. Grant funds are expected to be sent in the upcoming weeks as the final grant agreements are processed and approved.
 
Many organizations and individuals were instrumental in assisting businesses and non-profits throughout the application process. Notably, we would like to send a special thank you to the Latin Chamber of Commerce and the Asian Chamber of Commerce for assisting in the translation and distribution of Program information. Special thanks to Secretary of the State staff for assisting in the process of verifying eligibility of applicants and assisting businesses with licenses.
 
Furthermore, the Small Business Development Centers in Northern and Southern Nevada, as well as the Nevada Grants Office, proved to be an incredible support system of small business experts who worked 1:1 with many applicants in getting their information in correctly and timely.
 
 
 
Strengthening Nevada –
Israel Economic Cooperation
 
Nevada and Israel share vibrant and broad commercial relationships with extensive investment in both directions and deep ties in multiple sectors. In 2019, Nevada’s exports of goods to Israel amounted to $148.6 million while the value of imports was $48.2 million.

Almost twenty Israeli companies have already deployed technologies and pilot projects or are actively negotiating partnerships with agencies in Nevada, including two Israeli groups which have now launched formal efforts through GOED and the Nevada Innovation Center LLC (NIC) to establish U.S. offices, industrial facilities and technology incubators in the State.
 
The focus of this effort has been with municipal and government agencies, as well as academic and research centers, i.e. City of Las Vegas (CLV), RTC (Southern Nevada), RTC (Washoe), UNR - Nevada Center for Applied Research, Nevada Department of Transportation, City of North Las Vegas, WaterStart, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and Las Vegas Metro Police. GOED has provided central guidance and support while Vegas Chamber, the Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, and UNLV have all been directly involved in the effort.
 
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State Trade Expansion Program Updates
 
On September 28, 2020, we recognized and celebrated 10 years of helping small businesses find global success with the assistance of the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 created STEP in partnership with U.S. States and Territories to assist small businesses with entering and expanding into international markets. Since its creation STEP has recorded over $3.8 billion in exports with more than 12,000 U.S. small businesses receiving grants to fund their export opportunities and increase their footprint across 141 countries.

Over the course of the last decade nearly $1.7 million has been awarded to Nevada to help small businesses capitalize on export promotion and international opportunities. Current FY 18 STEP grant has been incredibly effective, supporting Nevada small businesses which generated $5.3 million in export sales, significantly exceeding projected sales and return on investment. We’ve seen the highest return on investment to date, for every $1 in grant funding provided, resulted in $35.5 in export sales. Another grant under implementation - FY 19 is expected to create over $11 million in export sales and yield a 45-to-1 return on investment. STEP is gaining momentum in Nevada and in fiscal year 19 assisted 44 Nevada companies, doubling the number of supported small businesses compared to the previous grant. Predominant industry sectors among Nevada STEP clients are oriented among manufacturing, information technology, agriculture, wholesale trade, professional, scientific and technical services.
 
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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation is the recipient of a $13 million federal grant to support short-term job training programs to help prepare unemployed and underemployed individuals for in-demand occupations in Nevada.

The grant was submitted by OWINN as the lead state agency in a multi-agency application in late August to the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Stabilization Fund – Reimagine Workforce Preparation Discretionary Grants Program. The State received word today the grant was approved for $13,818,298 million. This funding was made available through the Education Stabilization Fund of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide grants to fulfill unmet needs related to burdens caused by the pandemic.

The funding will bring the opportunity to offer expanded, streamlined access to short-term courses, credential and pathways in high-growth, high-wage sectors including manufacturing, health care, information technology, logistics and skilled trades.

State agencies involved in this work include OWINN, Governor’s Workforce Development Board, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Nevada System of Higher Education, The College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, Western Nevada College, Nevada Department of Education’s CRALEO Office, Nevada Department of Employment, Rehabilitation and Training, Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records, Nevada Works, Workforce Connections, Las Vegas Metro of Commerce, Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, Elko Chamber of Commerce, Northern Nevada Development Authority, Western Nevada Development District, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, NV Business Information Network, Nevada Grow, Nevada Small Business Development Center, and others.
 
 
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Las Vegas Takes Steps Towards A Tech Revolution
 
The City of Las Vegas is beginning to make a move towards tech. Tech incubators from UNLV and the City of Las Vegas are housing and cultivating tech startups at their new innovation center to help support new startup businesses. The center has 13 companies right now. It has also partnered with Startup Nevada, which uses federal economic development dollars to help companies scale up and get seed funding.
 
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Reno Named #1 Small City
by BestCities.org
 
The Biggest Little City in the World can now add America’s Best Small City to its list of accomplishments! Reno was recently named #1 Small City by BestCities.org for 2020. Reno edged out Naples, Florida; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Savannah, Georgia; in the study, which used factors such as natural environment, airport connectivity, sports teams, nightlife, educational attainment and online reviews to rank each city.
 
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GOED New Board Members
 
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced 19 appointments made to State of Nevada boards, commissions, and agencies during the month of August. Three of those appointments were to the GOED board.
 
 
 
Alex Dixon
 
PRESIDENT OF WESTERN REGION AT PURESTAR
 
Alex Dixon is the President of the West Region for PureStar. Prior to this role, Alex served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Circus Circus with additional leadership roles at MGM Springfield Casino Resort & Spa and Caesars Entertainment. Dixon previously worked as an investment banker focusing on mergers and acquisitions with Goldman Sachs and Silver Pacific Advisors in cities including New York, London, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Dixon currently serves as a Trustee of the Vegas Chamber of Commerce and is on the Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force.
 
Elisa Cafferata
 
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING AND REHABILITATION
 
Elisa Cafferata is a fourth generation Nevadan. She has experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors off- and on-line. She previously served as President and CEO of Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates, where she handled education, policy and election work for the Planned Parenthood health centers in Nevada. She co-founded the Nevada Teen Health and Safety Coalition (NTHSC) to bring together over 100 community organizations and individuals to fight for policies to protect teen health at the local and state level.
 
Melody Rose
 
CHANCELLOR OF NEVADA SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION
 
During a 25-year career in higher education Dr. Rose has been a leader as an academic faculty member and administrator, who has focused on improving student access and success to higher education in Oregon. Dr. Rose’s leadership roles have included serving as the Chancellor of the Oregon University System, Portland State University’s Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Instruction and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and chair of Portland State University’s Division of Political Science.Prior to creating and running the consulting firm Rose Strategies, LLC, Dr. Rose most recently served as President of Marylhurst University from 2014 to 2019.
 
 
BOARD MEMBERS

Governor Steve Sisolak, Chairman
Kate Marshall, Lieutenant Governor
Barbara Cegavske, Secretary of State
Mr. James Barrett, President, the JABarrett Company
Dr. Dana Bennett, Former President, Nevada Mining Association
Dr. Weldon (Don) Havins, MD, JD, Professor and Director of Medical Jurisprudence and Ophthalmology, Touro University Nevada
Mr. Dan Klaich, Voting Member At-Large
Alex Dixon, President, Western Region at PureStar
Mr. Raymond Specht, Founder and CEO, Specht Leadership Consulting
Elisa Cafferata, Interim Director, Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
Melody Rose, Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education
 
 
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