Nevada leads nation in job growth

As Nevadacelebrates its 150th anniversary of statehood, we are proud of the great strides our state has made as it recovers from the Great Recession.

Nevadapossesses an exceptional ability to endure and adapt to a variety of ever-changing challenges, which has allowed the Silver State to lead the nation in job growth for the first time since 2006.

Though Nevada was one of the hardest-hit states during the recession, our determination and spirit were never lost. The Nevada family stood together, and Nevada became the fastest-growing state in the nation, with 3.4 percent job growth over the last year.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval

In February 2012, I challenged businesses across the state to create 50,000 jobs by the end of 2014. As of January, 60,700 new private-sector jobs were created, exceeding my goal by more than 10,000 jobs.

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Our job gains are diverse and strategic.

In addition to deepening the development of Nevada's targeted sectors— aerospace and defense, agriculture, energy, health and medical services, information technology, logistics and operations, manufacturing and mining, and tourism, gaming and entertainment—we are currently working to establish the state as a leader in emerging industries, such as unmanned aerial systems, indoor agriculture and water technology.

As one of six states designated by the FAA to be a test site for unmanned aerial systems, Nevada is providing testing grounds for UAS companies and establishing the infrastructure to encourage research and development. Working with private industry, the university system, community colleges and local school districts, we are creating Nevada's UAS workforce for the future.

Nevada will continue to support K-12 and higher education to ensure today's young Nevadans are prepared for new, exciting and growing industries. Through a new funding program, the Knowledge Fund, the Nevada System of Higher Education is working with the Governor's Office of Economic Development to spur research, innovation and commercialization to further expand our state's goals.

In Nevada, there is no corporate or personal income tax, no inventory tax, no franchise tax, no unitary tax and no special intangibles tax. This makes Nevada an attractive and competitive business environment.

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Additionally, through the Governor's Office of Economic Development, a variety of resources are readily available to assist companies interested in relocating to Nevada and to help existing companies in Nevada expand.

Since taking office, my top priorities have been to expand economic development, increase job growth and improve education in Nevada. By partnering with the business and educational communities and creating an environment that provides assistance and promotes emerging businesses, I am happy to say Nevada is on the move again.

All Nevada!

—By Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval