Executive Summary

The New Nevada Task Force was convened on July 12, 2010 by Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki.  In conjunction with his role as Chairman of the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), the Lt. Governor enlisted the services of a coalition of Nevada business, community and political leaders to search for the next big idea(s) that will strengthen and diversify the Nevada economy. 

The full report can be found here.

The mission of this unique and accomplished group of thirty-seven leaders was to engage their creative minds to collectively “chart the best course for Nevada’s strategic economic development efforts to improve the state’s economy and to create attractive jobs for our citizens – now and into the future.”  The task force was scheduled to complete its work, and report on the first phase of the mission by January 2011, in advance of the legislative session. 

The taskforce members included:
Krys Bart, Reno/Tahoe Airport
Marybel Batjer, Caesar’s Entertainment
Mike Baughman, Lincoln County Regional Development Authority
Richard Bryan, State of Nevada Senator
Kimberlie Chambers, DK Productions
Glenn Christenson, Velstand Investments
Tim Crowley, Nevada Mining Association
Michael Dermody, DP Partners and NAIOP North
Norm Dianda, Q&D Construction
Heidi Gansert, Former Assembly Minority Leader / Governor’s Chief of Staff
Dorothy Gallagher, Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Regent
Brian Greenspun, President & Editor, Las Vegas Sun
Steve Hill, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
Terri Janison, Former President, Clark County School Board / Governor’s Staff
Daniel Klaich, Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)
Mike Klowden, President & CEO Milken Institute
Kevin Klowden, Managing Economist & Director, Milken Institute
Brian Krolicki, State of Nevada Lt. Governor
Ralph Murphy, NAIOP South
Maureen Peckman, Cleveland Clinic
Ian Rogoff, Chairman, Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization
Jeff Schnitzer, General Electric
Dan Schochet, Ram Power
Mary Simmons, NV Energy
Peter Thomas, Thomas Investment
Danny Thompson, Secretary, Nevada AFL-CIO
Randolph Townsend, Former State Senator / Gaming Commission
Randy Walker, Director, McCarran Airport
Steve Wells, President, DRI
The late Governor Kenny Guinn

Ex-Officio Members included:
Tony Dazzio, Commissioner, GOED
Miranda Du, Commissioner, GOED
Leroy Goodman, Commissioner, GOED
Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Nevada State Assembly
Larry Mosley, Director, Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation
Charlie Myers, Commissioner, GOED
Patty Wade, Commissioner, GOED
Michael Skaggs, Executive Director, GOED

Over a series of five meetings and interim sub-committee meetings, nine initiatives were identified, each with goals and objectives for near term and long term impact on economic and employment growth.  Each initiative was assigned a sub-committee with “champions” as chair and co-chair, tasked with vetting the strategy for its viability, and potential for contributing to the long term well-being of our state.  Each sub-committee was charged with identifying purposes for pursuing the initiative, subject matter experts or organizations through which the objectives may be attained following the conclusion of our task force, and a path for implementation.    

The initiatives and the sub-committee chairs / co-chairs:
Technology Commercialization:  Ian Rogoff, Chair; Daniel Klaich, Co-Chair; Heidi Gansert, Co-Chair
Film and Digital Media Production:  Kimberlie Chambers, Chair; Terri Janison, Co-Chair
International Business Development:  Miranda Du, Chair; Mike Baughman, Co-Chair
Renewable Energy Industry Development: Patty Wade, Chair; Tim Crowley, Co-Chair
BLM Land Acquisition & Use: Richard Bryan, Chair; Peter Thomas, Co-Chair
Public / Private Partnership:  Tony Dazzio, Chair; Norm Dianda, Co-Chair
Medical Industry Expansion & Tourism:  Maureen Peckman, Chair; Glenn Christenson, Co-Chair
Road, Rail & Air Transportation:  Ralph Murphy, Chair; Randy Walker, Co-Chair
Business Expansion in National Defense: Newly formed -- working group to be determined.

Initiatives that are immediately actionable were incorporated in the Governor’s State of the State address, and his budget plan for this biennium.  Our New Nevada Task Force leadership achieved the initial goal of providing the preliminary steps on the road map to economic diversification for our great state. 

The implementation steps for each initiative include:
         
Technology Commercialization:
Coordinating with Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization (NIREC) and Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). Identifying start-up firms for consideration by the new NV Catalyst Fund.

Film and Digital Media Production:
Working with legislators for incentive programs that incorporate worker training; and seeking potential opportunity for constructing studios.

International Business Development:
Incorporate the work of GOED international team regarding exports, and coordinate activity with GOED international reps.  Work with Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) on international conventions.

Renewable Energy Development:
Provide complete report to the Nevada State Energy Office for implementation of asset development.

Public / Private Partnership:
Work with NAIOP and other private organizations to create a “Team Nevada” to incorporate the private sector in business creation and expansion.

BLM Land Acquisition and Use:
Coordinate with Energy Office task force; enlist the aid of Senator Reid’s office to devise a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land transition plan; and coordinate need for right-of -way corridors with the NVEnergy Assistance Corporation Board.

Medical Industry Expansion:
Break into three categories:  medical  industry growth; bio-science technology development; and medical tourism. Enlist Nevada Biotechnology and Bioscience Consortium for bio-science development; form a committee for medical tourism development; and assist existing facilities with staffing shortage and other training needs.
         
Road, Rail & Air Transportation:
Provide findings to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NVDOT) for evaluation and implementation.  Lt. Gov. Krolicki is Vice Chair of NVDOT. 

Business Expansion in National Defense:
Enlist the aid of subject matter experts to formulate plans for objectives at each Nevada facility.  Plans TBD.

Planning is underway for the first annual Nevada Economic Outlook Summit scheduled tentatively for Fall 2011.  We will re-convene our New Nevada Task Force, invite the participation of the Nevada Congressional Delegation, and ask that key Nevada influencers and thought-starters join us to review our progress toward creating a New Nevada.  We’ll push, prod and think-tank our way to the future with our key leaders moving Nevada toward the goal of sustainable diversity.

The full report can be found here.