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Thousands of Jobs Could be Headed to the Region

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Along with a new year, comes a new vision for the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.

They are laying out their plan to attract more businesses and create thousands of jobs in 2014.

Mike Kazmierski, the CEO for EDAWN, says they believe 3,000 new jobs during the next year is an achievable goal.

One reason he says more jobs are headed this way is because consumer confidence is growing and that means businesses will as well.

"The companies have skinnied down to be very lean and mean and as the customer orders start to increase, as the economy increases, they are forced to expand and that expansion is starting to happen."

Kazmierski says they created more than 3,000 jobs in western Nevada last year.

He says if the way 2013 ended is any indication, 2014 could be even better.

Kazmierski says the number of visits from company executives looking to move to western Nevada is way up.

He also says a couple years ago they averaged about four visits a month from prospective businesses-- that number is more like ten now.

The number of businesses that don't just look at moving our way, but actually decide to is increasing as well. 

Kazmierski says 80 percent of executives that check out western Nevada, end up choosing this as their next place to do business.

Many of the new jobs are coming from California, according to Kazmierski. He says about 40 percent of businesses headed to western Nevada are relocating from California.

"It's not just taxes. It's the harassment of government, the availability of labor and quality workforce that comes and works hard and doesn't just jump from one job to the next."

Kazmierski tells me EDAWN will announce the relocation of a new business to our area next week.

We will be sure to tell you who is coming when we have the details.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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