Nevada’s Utilities: Fueling the State’s Energy and Water Needs

As movers and shakers in Nevada’s utilities industry plan for the future, they share a number of common bonds in the challenges they face.

As movers and shakers in Nevada’s utility industry plan for the future, they share a number of common bonds in the challenges they face. Future strategies are likely to make provisions for such factors as increased regionalization, new regulations, enhanced customer satisfaction, state-of-the-art technologies, alternative energies, drought conditions, greater management efficiencies and economic growth. Decision… [More…]

Back to Basics: Architects and Engineers in Nevada

Architects and engineers around the Silver State say they expect to see the appearance of a light at the end of the recession tunnel this year.

It may not usher in the booming economy that Nevadans were basking in just a short decade ago, but architects and engineers around the Silver State say they expect to see the appearance of a light at the end of the recession tunnel this year. “The outlook looks quite good. There was almost a stop… [More…]

Corporate Philanthropy: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Read Corporate Philanthropy: The Gift that Keeps on Giving Special Report.

When Alexander Graham Bell, the founder of the Bell Telephone Company (now AT&T), embarked on a mission to teach speech and lip-reading to deaf people in the late 1800s, he helped sow the seeds of present day corporate philanthropy. Along with other business leaders of his day, such as J. P. Morgan and Henry Ford,… [More…]

Risk Management: A Necessary Consideration

The Importance of Risk Management in Business

As president and owner of Heuer Insurance Company in Sparks, Larry Heuer is well aware of the catastrophic losses businesses have the potential to experience if they don’t practice appropriate risk management. As an example of sound risk management, however, he chooses to remember a client who suffered a large loss due to a fire… [More…]

Education Outlook: Weathering the Storm

Nevada's Education Outlook

Against a persistent backdrop of brutal budget cuts, shrinking revenues and heightened expectations, K-12 educators in Nevada continue to explore and implement innovative solutions to the challenges they face in the state’s schools. [More…]

Driving Forward: Transportation in Nevada

Although it’s been criticized for having earmarks that will supposedly save the salt marsh harvest mouse from extinction and reduce community violence through tattoo removal in California, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is praised by transportation leaders in Nevada as a veritable Godsend of monies that has enabled them to continue… [More…]

Public Works: The Survivors Arena

As the economic recession continues to take its toll on the Silver State, it’s not exactly business as usual for public works in Nevada. Although individuals who plan and execute these public ventures are gamely trying to meet demand for services, they are finding themselves in a much more competitive environment that requires increased efficiency,… [More…]

Heart & Soul: Nevada’s Downtowns

As economic indicators continue to paint a less than rosy picture of the financial health of the Silver State, public and private movers and shakers remain steadfastly committed to the future development and redevelopment of Nevada’s downtowns. With an unemployment rate of more than 14 percent and with 65 percent of its mortgaged homes underwater,… [More…]

Business Bankruptcy: Understanding the “Worst Case Scenario”

Although filing for bankruptcy could have made debtors instant pariahs some years ago, the process has lost most of its social stigma during the current recession as bankruptcy has become an almost ubiquitous solution to today’s financial woes. The total number of personal and business filings in Nevada rose sharply from 5,542 in 2006 to… [More…]

Growing Up: Nevada’s Economic Development

As they welcome the arrival of 2011, economic developers in Nevada look to the New Year with both eagerness and apprehension. Will this be the year of the perfect storm that can propel the state toward sustainable economic diversification? Or will 2011 be another year overshadowed by continued economic hard times and frustrations? Absent a… [More…]