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More Businesses Choosing to Call Nevada Home

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A huge part of rebuilding Nevada's economy is getting businesses to relocate here.

The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, also known as EDAWN, is doing just that.

Mike Kazmierski is the president and CEO of EDAWN. He told me they have helped create more than 1,200 jobs in Nevada this year alone.

He said hundreds more will be coming soon.

"We have about 140 businesses we consider active. Of that, we have about seven or eight that have decided to come here, just haven't announced it yet."

He said that announcement is expected within the next couple weeks.

When companies truly consider Nevada and take a visit here, Kazmierski said 80 percent of the time, they choose to relocate to the Sillver State.

Despite what you might think, low business taxes, he said, is no longer the number one sell to bringing business leaders to Nevada anymore.

Kramer said few regulations, quality of life and an educated workforce are more important.

Because of that, EDAWN is changing their marketing strategy for recruiting businesses. He said they are focusing on manufacturing, distribution and technology driven industries.

I asked Kazmierski what is the main hindrance preventing business leaders from choosing Nevada.

"Often times, we're not big enough. We are competitive. We compete as a community our size. I mean, really, the region's 400,000 plus, yet we compete with communities that are two to three to four million."

You can watch my entire interview with Kazmierski on my weekend show Face the State. It airs on Channel 2 Saturday at 4:30am and 3:30pm. It also airs Sunday at 6:30am and 3:30pm.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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