"A billion dollars in economic impact, that's the milestone Northern Nevada has hit in spite of the economy," Governor Brian Sandoval proudly announced on the steps of the Capitol Building in Carson City Monday morning.
"Over the past three years we have been able to add companies one at a time and it's all adding up to great things for our great state," Sandoval added. "And we'll continue from here."
Sandoval pointed to the many small companies that have either moved to Northern Nevada or expanded here over the past three years. The $1 billion mark equates to about 4,000 new jobs in the Northern Nevada Development Authority's five county region.
Rob Hooper, with NNDA says it's been a team effort.
"We have a lot to offer," Hooper says. "We have a great business climate, we are doing well gearing our education system to turning out a pertinent workforce and we are in a great geographic location within a day's drive of everywhere; companies are trying to get to in the west."
The five counties are Carson City, Douglas, Churchill, Storey and Lyon Counties. Officials say the increase in jobs will mean a need for services from grocery stores to dry cleaners to car repair shops and restaurants.
"We are very proud to hit the Billion-dollar-impact mark," the governor said today. "And we'll keep plugging away to grow that number even higher."
There is concern that a margin tax in the state will hurt that growth as we move forward and Hooper said he speaks out about those complications every chance he gets. And he too says this proves Nevada can compete for those companies and beat out other vying for their business and we need to keep the momentum going.
Written by Erin Breen