Working with Nevada’s Legislative Leaders
As the premier economic development policy group in Southern Nevada, LVGEA works with legislative leaders to advance policies that spur regional economic development.
Why the LVGEA has Legislative Priorities
Since LVGEA’s formation in 2013, the organization has been active in several policy areas both inside and outside of the confines of the traditional definition of “economic development.” The LVGEA Board of Directors believes, to truly affect regional economic development, the region must move “as one” on legislative issues important to economic development.
To ensure that the region moved as one on economic development issues, in 2013, the LVGEA formed the Southern Nevada Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG). This group, composed of economic development directors from each Southern Nevada municipality, public higher education institution, NV Energy and Southwest Gas has endorsed the legislative priorities listed on the accompanying memorandum related to economic development. It is the LVGEA’s belief that the priorities listed in that document will significantly advance Southern Nevada’s economic development agenda.
Separate from these efforts, the LVGEA has been a leading voice in a number of issues related to education but outside of the sphere of EDAG. The LVGEA’s efforts have been guided by the organization’s two guiding documents, the Southern Nevada Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and the LVGEA Strategic Plan.
Modernizing Southern Nevada’s PK-20 Education System
The LVGEA recognizes that education and economic development are inextricably linked. In order to have a successful economic development system, Southern Nevada must have a successful primary and higher education system. In the pursuit of its community development goals, In 2014 and 2015, the LVGEA engaged numerous community groups and public institutions and endorsed Governor Sandoval’s education priorities, including:
Specific and targeted investments in PK-12 education using new tax dollars generated from a variety of sources, including the business community
- Universal full day kindergarten
- Grants to improve and expand teacher professional development systems
- Mechanisms to spur new school construction and fund capital Improvements to existing schools.
- Targeted investments in Read By 3, English Language Learners, At-Risk students, Special Education, Career and Technical Education, and Gifted and Talented Education.
- New incentives to hire and retain highly qualified teachers in Southern Nevada.
reforms to the k-12 education delivery system
- Implementation of teacher evaluation and Peer Assistance & Review
- Expansion of charter schools in Southern Nevada
- Creation of an Achievement School District to manage under-performing schools
Specific and Targeted Investments in Nevada’s Public Higher Education System
- Full funding for an independent allopathic public medical school at UNLV
- Continued allocations to the Nevada Knowledge Fund, which supports research-based technology transfer initiatives
- Expansion of teacher preparation programs to meet the need for highly qualified teachers
Targeted Incentives for Business Development
To ensure that Southern Nevada’s business climate is competitive with other western states, the LVGEA supported increased allocations to various targeted incentive programs in the 2015 Legislature. Those programs included:
- The Nevada Catalyst Fund, a deal closing fund that has directly led to the creation of thousands of high skilled jobs in targeted industry clusters in Southern Nevada
- Abating the sales and use tax on aircraft equipment to spur development in the aviation, defense, and unmanned aerial systems industry
- Special incentives for data centers in the state of Nevada
Investment in Regional Transportation Infrastructure
To spur connectivity in the region, the LVGEA supports the development of infrastructure, transit, rail, and air service optimized for the regional and global economy. Nevada has a proud history of investing in transportation infrastructure improvements to support economic development. The LVGEA supports the following priorities for regional infrastructure development:
- Increased investment in transportation infrastructure projects in Southern Nevada, including the expansion of Interstate 15 in Downtown Las Vegas, commonly known as Project Neon, and the completion of Interstate 11, an all new interstate highway which will run from Phoenix through Las Vegas to Reno.
- Continued support for regional revenue measures for transportation infrastructure, including the indexing of the county fuel tax to inflation.
- Consolidation of ballot measures related to state and local fuel revenue indexing