Nevada’s Utilities

A regulatory agency that ensures investor-owned utilities comply with laws enacted by the Nevada Legislature, the PUCN oversees a broad spectrum of entities

Utility movers and shakers in Nevada continue to be optimistic as they strategically manage new technologies, increased regulation, customer growth and a changing portfolio mix of options. Regulations A regulatory agency that ensures investor-owned utilities comply with laws enacted by the Nevada Legislature, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) oversees a broad … [Read more...]

Nevada’s Top Residential Real Estate Agents

Residential realtors in Nevada know, better than most, that the last several years have posed a variety of challenges to their industry.

Residential real estate agents in Nevada know, better than most, that the last several years have posed a variety of challenges to their industry. Going from an unsustainable boom economy to a market that adds another dimension to the word drought, real estate agents have been on a roller coaster ride. However, as the economy experiences an upswing, so too does the residential … [Read more...]

Banking In Nevada: Beginning to Flourish

Today’s banking industry in Nevada looks different from the industry five ago.

This year, Las Vegas-based Ear Nose & Throat Consultants of Nevada obtained financing from City National Bank for ground-up construction of a 13,000-square-foot surgery center. This is one of many Silver State businesses contributing to increased demand for banking services. “Businesses cannot ignore the need for growth now,” said John Wilcox, the Nevada regional … [Read more...]

Medical Education: Preparing for the Future of Healthcare in Nevada

An ample supply of providers could transform the Silver State into a destination for healthcare.

Medical education in Nevada is growing and is poised for significant expansion. Collectively, the current and proposed changes will eventually go far in reversing the state’s shortages of medical students, physician residency programs, doctors and nurses. “Everything is about everybody getting bigger, everybody getting successful,” said Dr. Thomas Schwenk, dean of the … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Ride: Nevada’s Luxury Car Business

Nevada’s luxury car business dipped during the recession but rebounded fairly quickly, coming back strong.

Nevada’s luxury car business dipped during the recession but rebounded fairly quickly, coming back strong. After all, given the demographics of luxury car buyers, the customer base has a bit more resilience and disposable income than other car buying populations. “Business is good and demand is high,” said Don Hamrick, general manager, Chapman Las Vegas Dodge Chrysler Jeep … [Read more...]

Go Anywhere From Here: Nevada’s Transportation System

Making transportation plans a community effort led to collaboration between stakeholders in transportation groups concerned with moving people.

When Tina Quigley became general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) she and her team went promptly to talk with officials in metropolitan areas where they’ve created transportation plans that were both funded and built, and had community support behind them. The common message from leaders in those communities was that even a public … [Read more...]

Nevada’s Convention Industry: Combining Business & Pleasure

Convention planners choose venues, take into account where their attendees are traveling from, determine necessary meeting and exhibition space.

Convention and meeting planners choose locations and venues, take into account where their attendees are traveling from and how, determine necessary meeting and exhibition space and hotel rooms – and arrange for coffee. Coffee is important. Conventions thrive on coffee, served during events, before and after meetings and at meals, which also figure into the costs. Because … [Read more...]

Best Companies to Work For: Taking Care of People

In the midst of the recession, some employees might have argued that a “Best Company to Work For” is whichever company gives them a job.

In the midst of the recession, some employees might have argued that a “Best Company to Work For” is whichever company gives them a job. While times have been tough for many Nevada businesses, as the state comes out of this recession, it is clear there are a number of companies who continue to go above and beyond for their employees. These businesses make it a priority to take … [Read more...]

How Nevada Stacks Up 2014

The numbers are in and most data indicates that Nevada is making economic progress in recovering from the depths of the recession.

The numbers are in and most data indicates that Nevada is making economic progress in recovering from the depths of the recession.  The state’s unemployment rate, while still high, is lower than it was a year ago, the housing market is up, and tourism numbers are slightly higher.  This weak and prolonged recovery is taking its toll, but Nevadans – ever resilient – are hopeful … [Read more...]

Legal Elite 2014: Nevada’s Top Attorneys

This year’s Legal Elite polling garnered 6,454 nominations of attorneys from across the Silver State, highlighting top attorneys as chosen by their peers.

This year’s Legal Elite polling garnered 6,454 nominations of attorneys from across the Silver State. This annual list highlights Nevada’s top attorneys as chosen by their peers. All votes are based on nominations from other attorneys and the following pages highlight the top vote getters in Northern Nevada, Southern Nevada, the Best Up and Coming attorneys and the top 10 … [Read more...]

Health Insurance Update: The Real Cost of Healthcare

The healthcare industry has been undergoing a major shift in how insurers pay providers, against that backdrop the state began implementing the ACA mandates

The healthcare industry, over many years, has been undergoing a gradual but major shift in how insurers pay providers. Against that backdrop, the state began implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandates, several of which the federal government has delayed or amended since. The ACA or Obamacare, as it has become known, has caused additional … [Read more...]

Educating Nevada’s Workforce: Higher Education in Nevada

Education and economy go together. It’s almost like an equation: education plus workforce equals a healthy economy.

Education and economy go together. It’s almost like an equation: education plus workforce equals a healthy economy. A top flight, community-involved system of higher education is a draw for new industries looking to locate within a state. There’s a need for research institutions, an educated, trainable workforce and a healthy feeder K through 12 school system that prepares … [Read more...]

Nevada’s Employment Landscape: Drawing on New Opportunities

At its peak, in October 2010, the state’s unemployment rate hit 13.8 percent, and activity in numerous sectors dropped drastically.

It’s been a while now since the start of the nation’s recession that so harshly impacted Nevada. At its peak, in October 2010, the state’s unemployment rate hit 13.8 percent, and activity in numerous sectors dropped drastically. About two years ago, Governor Sandoval called for the creation of 50,000 Nevada jobs by the end of 2014. Numerous organizations—for economic … [Read more...]

Corporate Branding: A How To Guide

What makes one business stand out from the pack? Why do potential clients choose one over the other for their services? The answer is in the brands.

What differentiates similar companies, making one stand out from the pack? Why do potential clients choose one over the other for their services? The answer is in the brands. Branding, while second nature to some, remains a mystery to numerous other businesses. In fact, a common belief is that a company’s brand is its logo; this isn’t the case. So what exactly is a brand? What … [Read more...]

Nevada’s 2014 Economic Forecast: The Way the Wind Blows…

This year’s predictions offer more good news than has been reported in Nevada Business Magazine’s annual Economic Forecast in the last few years.

When it comes to fortune telling, nothing is ever certain, but a handful of industry experts share their thoughts on Nevada’s economy in 2014. This year’s predictions offer more good news than has been reported in Nevada Business Magazine’s annual Economic Forecast in the last few years. While most business executives are proceeding with caution, they seem to agree the worst of … [Read more...]

Rural Nevada: Independent Spirit Alive and Well

Rural Nevada seems to be rebounding in most communities that were hit the hardest, and recovering in a very positive manner.

Nevada’s rural economies are microcosms of the state’s economy, each with its own characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. While the rest of the country experienced the economic downturn, several of Nevada’s northeastern rural counties barely even blinked. As the economy dove and gold prices rose, mining counties like Elko are just now catching their breath as rapid growth … [Read more...]

The Cyber State: Nevada’s Burgeoning Technology Industry

So what’s next? In terms of the next big technology, the crystal ball is fuzzy. But in terms of Nevada technology, growth is in the works.

The Brookings Report; Unify, Reorganize, Diversify: An Economic Development Agenda for Nevada, commissioned by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in 2011, identified seven industry clusters Nevada should develop, specifically naming the technology and aerospace industries. In 2013, many in those industries are looking at and locating in, Nevada. Tech Comes to … [Read more...]

The Coming Tsunami: Healthcare Reform in Nevada

As healthcare reform moves forward, business leaders across Nevada are adopting a wait-and-see attitude. There is little else they can do.

Amidst dire predictions of monstrous cost increases, and in the wake of President Barack Obama’s recent unilateral (some insist unconstitutional) decision to delay enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate until after the 2014 elections, business leaders across Nevada are adopting a wait-and-see attitude. There is little else they can do. Across the … [Read more...]