CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval announced on Wednesday that he has appointed Steve Hill as interim executive director of the newly created Office of Economic Development. The position is a cabinet level position in Sandoval’s administration. Hill will be joined at the Office of Economic Development by Terri Janison. Sandoval also announced Sonia Joya will join his office as southern Nevada director.
Hill, currently the senior vice president at CalPortland, a concrete, sand and gravel supplier in the Las Vegas area, will begin his position on Oct. 3. During Governor-elect Sandoval’s transition, Hill served as chair of the Economic Development Policy Committee and advised the governor, speaker and majority leader on economic development issues in preparation for the 2011 legislative session. Hill is also a current member of the Commission on Economic Development.
In his position, Hill will be responsible for developing a state plan for economic development and criteria for the designation of regional development authorities. Hill will also work to establish procedures for entering into contracts with regional development authorities to provide services to aid, promote and encourage the economic development of the state.
Janison will join the Office of Economic Development on Oct. 3. Currently Sandoval’s director of community relations and a former Clark County School Board president, Janison will work with Hill and have responsibilities for outreach, business relationships and coordination with education and workforce development.
Sonia Joya, most recently the state director for former U.S. Sen. John Ensign, begins her new position on Oct. 3. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Joya was southern Nevada director for Gov. Kenny Guinn in 1999. Joya has served in director capacities for elected officials in Nevada for over 15 years.