GOED Awards Grants to Revitalize Nevada Main Streets
The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has awarded almost $100,000 in grants to help fund six projects around the state to revitalize main streets. White Pine County, Gardnerville, Lovelock, Wells, Humboldt and Downtown Reno all received funds ranging from just over $1,500 to $35,000. The grants are expected to grow private investment, job creation, new businesses or a stronger tax base in the communities receiving them.
Southwest Gas Brings Natural Gas to Mesquite
Adding gas service for rural communities, Southwest Gas turned on the first natural gas customer, Danielle’s Chocolates & Popcorn, in Mesquite last month. The city is home to over 20,000 people and new gas customers are being served by a virtual pipeline wherein compressed natural gas is trucked into the city. Southwest Gas is in the midst of a multi-year project to construct around 40 miles of pipeline to connect Mesquite to a transmission line. The project is expected to create 300 jobs during construction.
CCSD and Workforce Connections Develop New Partnerships
In an effort to create a pipeline for students to enter into skilled trade apprenticeships, the Clark County School District (CCSD) and Workforce Connections recently held a summit with Nevada businesses and labor unions to determine how best to improve perceptions about skilled labor and connect students with jobs. Approximately 73 percent of Nevada high school graduates do not go for a four-year college degree currently. CCSD and Workforce Connections hopes to filter those graduates to needed skilled trade positions.
NNMC Breaks Ground on Freestanding ER
The Northern Nevada Medical Center (NNMC) recently broke ground on the first free standing emergency department (FED) in Reno-Sparks. The FED will include eight treatment rooms, fast-track exam rooms and advanced imaging services as well as a lab and pharmacy. FEDs are similar to hospital emergency rooms in that they treat a variety of emergency medical needs. However FEDs are designed to produce shorter wait-times than those offered by a full-service hospital.
Mountain View Hospital Opens Level III NICU
Recently, Mountain View Hospital opened a 24-bed, level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), The 7,200 square foot NICU was designed so parents and babies are able to stay together. Each NICU bay has a full, pull-out sleep bed for parents. In addition the NICU features state-of-the-art equipment as well as isolation rooms and private pumping rooms for new moms. The new NICU is part of a larger, phased remodel of Mountain View Hospital’s women’s services unit.