CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval, working with the new Office of Economic Development, has unveiled a plan with the goal of creating 50,000 jobs across the Silver State by the end of 2014.
“We must work together to identify opportunities for all Nevadans,” Sandoval said. “Nothing is too small. None is insignificant; not when so many of our neighbors continue to seek work.”
Key objectives of the economic plan include increasing opportunity through education and workforce development; catalyzing in core and emerging industries; and expanding global development.
“We will always have certain strengths in Nevada,” Sandoval said, “but we are also home to emerging opportunities previously unimagined. Health services, national defense research, aerospace industries, clean energy – these are the new frontiers that will beckon future generations of Nevadans.”
Of course, there are a number of liabilities identified in Sandoval’s plan that could derail job creation and economic recovery, including a state economy geared toward consumption sectors; an under-performing educational system; high energy costs; and a negative state image.
Sandova’s plan is focused on long-term solutions.
“Economic development is a long-term, continual effort to advance Nevada’s economy,” the governor’s report reads. “After this recession is over and Nevada’s economy is again vibrant, we should remain as focused on economic development as we are now.”
Nevada continues to lead the nation in unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies. There is no quick fix to getting the state’s economy back on track.
“I have said that economic development is a journey, not a destination,” Sandoval said. “On the horizon we can see the desired aim: a vibrant, innovative statewide economy based on the pillars of opportunity, innovation, hard work and collaboration.”
For more information on the governor’s economic development plan, visit www.diversifynevada.com.