LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) hosted its signature State of Economic Developmentevent, which took place at Four Seasons Hotel. This year’s event brought together elected officials, as well as community and business leaders from Southern Nevada and across the state to celebrate our advancements.
The program began with remarks from Michael Brown, director of Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), who addressed the reshaping of GOED. He announced they will focus on apprenticeship programs and raising wages. He also addressed the diversity in Nevada, officially a majority-minority state, and said this must be built into state planning.
Then, LVGEA President and CEO Jonas Peterson presented the economic case for the upcoming “Here, You Can” quality of life and workforce attraction campaign. He unpacked brand promises and utilized data to back them up, dispelling common myths about living and doing business in Southern Nevada. He unveiled the campaign’s first commercial, entitled “Sunday Funday,” which provides a look at all the activities open to Southern Nevadans. Watch it here.
Representatives from every municipality shed insight on the investments being made in Nevada through economic development, in addition to updates on new developments and redevelopments throughout the region. The panel was moderated by Derrick Hill, LVGEA 50 Chairman and VP of Cox Business and Hospitality Network.
WHO: More than 500 business and community leaders
LVGEA President and CEO Jonas Peterson
LVGEA 50 Chairman and Cox Business VP Derrick Hill
GOED Director Michael J. Brown
Shani Coleman, Clark County Nevada
Raffi Festekjian, City of Boulder City
William Arent, City of Las Vegas
Marty Knauss, Laughlin Nevada
Colton Teerlink, City of Mesquite
Gina Gavan, City of North Las Vegas
Derek Armstrong, City of Henderson
Attendees also received copies of LVGEA’s 2019 Annual Report and 2020 Community Map, in addition to the custom “Here, You Can” publication, created in conjunction with Conway, Inc., publishers of Site Selection Magazine.