Mineral County Joins Nevada’s Sierra Region
The economic development service area of the Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA) has now been expanded to include Mineral County. The addition grows Nevada’s Sierra region to a total land mass of 7,009 square miles and a population of over 165,450. In addition to Mineral County, the region includes Carson City and Douglas, Lyon and Storey Counties. There are three incorporated cities, approximately 30 unincorporated towns, seven tribal communities and four opportunity zones within the Sierra region.
Google Announces $600 Million Investment in Nevada
Google recently broke ground on a new data center in Henderson and announced a new Google Cloud region. The data center facility represents a $600 million investment in Nevada’s internet infrastructure. The Google Cloud region is designed to better serve customers operating the Western U.S. In conjunction with the groundbreaking, Google launched the $1 million Impact Challenge Nevada which encourages local non-profits to submit ideas to create economic opportunities for their community. The top five submissions will receive at least $175,000 to implement those ideas.
Attorney General Announces Crackdown on Robocalls
Nevada Attorney General (AG) Aaron Ford joined the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and other agencies across the U.S., in announcing a major crackdown on illegal robocalls. The joint effort, entitled “Operation Call it Quits”, is part of the FTC’s effort to stop pre-recorded telemarketing calls. The project released tips to help consumers avoid scams and the AG’s office will work to educate Nevadans on what to do when they receive illegal robocalls.
Nevada’s Second Tier Rooftop Solar Program Reaches Full Subscription
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has announced that the tier two net-excess energy credit has reached the full subscription of 80 megawatts of rooftop solar generation. The second tier opened in August of last year and participants will receive a net-excess energy credit of 88 percent of the retail rate. Tier three is now open for applications and participants will receive 81 percent of the retail rate.
Nevada DETR and JobConnect Partner with Hope for Prisoners
The Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) and JobConnect have partnered with Hope for Prisoners to aid individuals that were previously incarcerated and reentering the workforce and the community. The partnership will include JobConnect hosting Hope for Prisoners at its North Las Vegas facility to provide employment services. The reentry program offers training programs to build skills necessary for employment readiness, leadership development and success through the reintegration process.
CCSD Participates in Accelerator Program
The Clark County School District (CCSD) is participating in a MAP Accelerator pilot program designed to bring greater equity and access to students. The classroom tool was created by non-profit organizations and is designed to allow teachers to integrate personalized learning and assessment to accelerate student learning. The pilot will have a limited release coming this school year for certain grades and subjects. The accelerator aligns with the school district’s five-year plan to increase proficiency in reading, math and science and to narrow opportunity gaps among students.
Governor and GOED Approve Incentives for 10 Businesses
Governor Sisolak, along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) recently approved applications for incentives for 10 companies to expand or relocate in Nevada. The companies are expected to create approximately 1,100 jobs and over $150 million in capital investment within the next two years. Sisolak also indicated, at the board meeting approving the company’s incentives, that he will reevaluate how Nevada uses tax abatement incentives to entice business so it does not adversely impact funding for schools.