CARSON CITY — The Stronger Economies Together Regional Planning Team met in Minden on May 8 and 9 to focus on demographics and economic data for an eight-county region. Nearly 60 participants attended the workshop, which is part of a 10-month training and strategic planning process for the Western Nevada Development District.
University of Nevada Center for Economic Development Director Tom Harris said Nevada is second only to Florida for the fewest number of native-born residents, adding that manufacturers love the natural amenities Nevada has to offer, especially the natural environment.
Harris pointed out that the region is made up of between 20 to 50 percent blue-collar jobs, and that workforce sector in the region lost 40,000 blue-collar jobs between 2006 and 2011, with most losses in construction and the service industry.
Lisa Granahan, the Douglas County vitality manager, noted that Douglas County leads the state for college graduate degrees. She said Douglas County may have benefited between 2003 and 2007 from the infusion of highly educated retirees who have moved to the area.
Both Carson and Douglas showed higher educational levels and higher median income than the other six counties in the region.
Although the data sharing was intensive, there will be still more targeted information to study and dissect in the near future. At the next SET meeting in Virginia City on June 20, the team will hear a presentation on the state’s targeted economic clusters by sector specialists from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
To learn more about the Nevada SET initiative, call Carl Dahlen at 230-0075 or visit the website at www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/set/.