Allegiant Air and Bigelow Aerospace expanding in Las Vegas Region

by Nicole K. Santero

With the assistance of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), G4 Works, LLC (a subsidiary of Allegiant Air) and Bigelow Aerospace were approved for state aviation incentives today by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) board of directors.

“Aviation and aerospace are growing sectors in the region that are helping to strengthen our diversifying economy,” said LVGEA Chief Operating Officer Jared Smith. “We have a great business environment for aviation and aerospace, and companies like Allegiant, Bigelow Aerospace and others that already exist in Nevada are making greater investments because they see the value in it. This is just adding to the trend of companies utilizing the aviation abatements offered by the state, which is working and paying dividends.”

Since Jan., the LVGEA has assisted in the expansion and relocation of 22 companies, projecting a total of more than 3,000 jobs.

G4 Works, LLC

G4 Works, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air, one of America’s premier ultra-low-cost carriers offering non-stop service to leisure travelers from under-served small and medium-sized communities to world class destinations.

The company plans to open a unique regional maintenance and distribution center in Southern Nevada, with aircraft parts and tools housed, maintained and distributed efficiently in a streamlined operation. This will strengthen Allegiant’s core operations, increase its presence in the state and support its growing network—particularly in the Western U.S.

“Nevada has been home to Allegiant’s headquarters since 2001, and the company’s ties to the Silver State go back even further to our first route between Fresno and Las Vegas. It’s an ideal base of operations in virtually every way – from the business-friendly environment to the incredible network of supportive partners and world-class academic institutions,” said Allegiant Executive Vice President, COO and CFO Scott Sheldon. “As we look to streamline and grow our parts distribution operation through the establishment of G4 Works, we are fortunate to base that operation here, expanding in our home community of Southern Nevada.”

The LVGEA provided G4 Works not only with guidance in the incentive application, but also connected the company with community organizations, potential academic partners and other local resources.

Allegiant Air employs more than 1,500 full-time employees in Nevada and supports over 3,800 jobs across the state. This amounts to more than $2.7 billion annual economic impact across the state. Learn more at allegiantair.com.

Bigelow Aerospace

Bigelow Aerospace is considering expanding its current operations in North Las Vegas, which would accommodate the company’s new project: the development of its flagship spacecraft, the B330, an entirely autonomous platform outfitted with two dissimilar propulsion systems and entire suite of environmental life support systems. The B330 is the only spacecraft of its kind in the world.

Bigelow Aerospace is an American space technology company that manufactures and develops expandable space station modules that provide for greater volume, safety, opportunity and economy than the aluminum alternatives. To date, Bigelow Aerospace has successfully launched two subscale spacecraft called Genesis I & II into orbit in addition to the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which is attached to the Tranquility node of the International Space Station.

The LVGEA provided Bigelow Aerospace with assistance in the incentive application—an integral factor in the company’s expansion strategy, which supports the Governor’s initiative to provide more Nevadans with long term work and career opportunities. Bigelow Aerospace expects to create at least 100 jobs over 10 years.

Learn more at bigelowaerospace.com.

About Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) is a public-private partnership dedicated to growing the economy in Southern Nevada through connectivity, community development, and strong business recruitment, retention and outreach. As Southern Nevada’s regional development authority, the LVGEA’s vision is to help residents thrive in a global economy by fostering a more prosperous, diverse and connected regional economy. To learn more, visit lvgea.org.

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