Growing Nevada

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For much of its history Nevada has depended on a few primary industries, which affect the level of state revenues, labor market opportunities, and education needs. Going forward, the potential exists for Nevada to be a leader in new industries such as unmanned aerial systems, health sciences, logistics and operations, information technology, and energy while also expanding the state’s employment, household income, and revenues base. Encouraging the growth of these industries requires an educated, skilled population.

The Guinn Center for Policy Priorities analyzes and informs issues that affect economic growth and economic opportunity for Nevadans and which build toward a sustainable future. The Guinn Center examines current policies and options to improve the state’s economic base, offers balanced approaches to providing revenues, identifies short- and long-term strategies and trade-offs, and addresses related issues that play a role in supporting thriving communities.

The Guinn Center will analyze issues and inform decisions that affect economic growth and economic opportunity for Nevadans and build toward a sustainable future.

Areas of research include:

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  • Defining Nevada’s next economy: quality jobs, workforce, and skill requirements
  • Job creation and workforce development
  • The intersection of public finance, regulation, and quality jobs
  • Science, technology, policy
  • Business environment and regulatory regime

Policy Reports

Development Incentives: A Guide for Nevada Legislators

As the Nevada Legislature considers a $1.3 billion incentive package for Tesla Motors, the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities recommends that legislators consider best practices learned in other states that emphasize transparency, accountability, performance, local hiring, and job training. The Guinn Center also examines the impact of the proposal on local governments and the ability to provide expanded public services. (September 2014)

Executive Summary             Full Report

Growing Nevada Data and Resources

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How Does Nevada’s Unemployment Rate Compare to the Nation and Intermountain West?

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