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Regional Business Activity
Posting Date: 07/02/2012

Michael McGreer

The idea of using local tax payer funds for five years to fund a private sector regional business activity deserves serious public discussion

Ostensibly the role of this regional business activity is to recruit businesses to the community which Nevada's Secretary of State, Ross Miller, suggests is small- to medium-sized activities and not Fortune 500 companies.

Many business services already exist in Nevada. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides counseling, contracting and capital services, and micro enterprise loans. Additional micro enterprise funds are available under Nevada State's Small Business Credit initiative.

Nevada's SBA has a website, full of information to help business owners, entrepreneurs and those people just starting to think about working for themselves take those first steps. There are business tutorials, counselors available 24/7 on the net and phone counseling, manned throughout the country. If the person who can best help you is in Miami, that’s who you’re connected with. What business owners, or those people who want to be business owners, need to know is they’re not on their own – SBA and SCORE have services and resources available throughout Nevada

The SBA has a partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno, College of Business to help businesses plan, structure, conduct market research and make cash loan projections.

The College of Business also helps out-of-work individuals set up businesses by conducting assessments, helping them identify their tools, patterns and personality types. Financial management services are available in addition to learning the art of communication and networking via social media skills.

If an individual wishes to be in the government procurement

business, they can call upon the Nevada Commission on Economic Development (NCED) which is the home to the Procurement Outreach Program (POP).

Those wishing to start or relocate to the area can access the one-stop shop portal established under Nevada's digital formation act by the Secretary of State. The Portal serves businesses looking to start-up, renew, reorganize or expand in Nevada. It also provides a means by which individuals may form partnerships, put together corporate entities, and pay business licensing in one place

Recruiting and helping individuals establish businesses is just part of the economic redevelopment activity. Success requires a great deal of government-to-business as well as business-to-government collaboration. That's where Clark County's Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition (SNRPC) comes into play.

This group addresses all aspects of economic development, including environmental issues, economic prosperity, public safety, education, transportation, recreation and culture, the natural environment and health care

The SNRPC is comprised by elected and public executives from Clark County, the cities of Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas and Clark County School District. The activity also includes representatives from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV Energy, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Conservation District of Southern Nevada and the Clark County School District. Technical committees include city managers and the Superintendent of schools.

To be valuable the regional business activity would be required either to collaborate with or duplicate services already offered in Nevada.

Potentially Mesquite would benefit more, at a lower cost, from joining the Clark County's Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition (SNRPC) and encouraging the local Chamber of Commerce to recruit and refer potential businesses to existing services.


  • Posted Date: 07/02/2012
    We tried joining one of those Vegas groups before and as former councilwoman Donna Fairchild said, we didn't get anything out of them. The CofC refuses to recruit new business and its director has very little real world experience. What we need is an aggressive business recruitment, very aggressive, and preferably not just from Utah.
    By: Vic M
  • Posted Date: 07/02/2012
    This is a nice list of resources, Mike, but the missing link is that none of them focus on the needs or the business development prospects here in our little disconnected corner of the state. A quick survey of your neighbors, or your own habits, will identify products and services that Mesquite residents routinely go to Saint George or Las Vegas to get – and a review of businesses will also reveal many products and services imported from “outside”. How many service vendor trucks with Saint George addresses on them can you count every day in Mesquite? All of the Nevada-Based agencies and resources you outline are filled with folks from other communities who are also looking to entice businesses to their communities. Mesquite sits alone – too far away from LV to benefit much from growth there and with a whole set of different features than Saint George. These two “competitors” will continue to suck money and employment out of Mesquite as long as Mesquite doesn’t do anything to change the dynamic – and that can only be done with a dedicated effort by an organization dedicated to the job. Yes, Mesquite’s representative should participate in the statewide and county resources, but that participation should be directed toward the unique market that exists in Mesquite. The “generic resources” offered by these services will not bring business to Mesquite! And the Chamber, by its very nature, has too many conflicts of interest to perform this job effectively. The recently approved Mesquite Regional Business private/public partnership has been well conceived and has the best chance at success – as long as it can attract a talented leader who is not beholding to special interests.
    By: John
  • Posted Date: 07/02/2012
    I would agree with Mr. McGreer to a certain extent but those resources would just throw Mesquite into the hopper with many other applicants. We need local action. Recall the fiasco with the Blue Oasis Pure Shrimp Farm that wanted to open a thriving business in Mesquite. The former mayor and special interest groups said no because of hidden agendas and so they moved to North Las Vegas. It now has major business with major casinos through the area and is very successful. If we had some smart, independent, honest local recruiters, Mesquite could a real jewel in the business desert.
    By: Kathy
  • Posted Date: 07/02/2012
    According to the Mesquite Tea Party, we should all just suck it up and let business run itself in Mesquite.
    By: Paul
  • Posted Date: 07/02/2012
    You article is well documented and researched. The new group will just duplicate free services that have been researched by higher level County, State, Federal and Educational institutions who will do this research for Mesquite, without charge. This new group has never mentioned, contacted or addressed “Conservation” as an Industry for Mesquite. You have written many many articles about this but we are still trying to flag tourists off the Freeway. The City is Land Poor but use of this Land for Conservation Industries goes unmentioned and unused. We don’t need years of research by another ED group to come to this conclusion. The existing County, State. Federal and Educational agencies have already concluded this, it is readily available. Mesquite is not unique, we have desert land available in abundance just as we did for the Scrimp Factory now blossoming in Vegas area. The Conservation industries is the one highest funded Industry in the Nation, with Billions upon Billions of our tax dollars available but we are still trying to find something what fits Mesquite and applied for very little if non. Fine article Mike McGreer, your are indeed a scholar as evidenced by the many articles you have written about bringing Conservation Industries into Mesquite. Don Muse
    By: Don Muse
  • Posted Date: 07/02/2012
    For once Mike, I have to disagree with you. Not that the gist of your article is wrong, but that public discussion would change anything. Despite public opinion, City Council is going to build the "Tent" with RDA funds that are a claim on future tax receipts, and by cannibalizing legitimate Government services if necessary. It doesn't matter that according to Small Business Administration stats, 90% of those entities it is supposed to help won't be viable in 10 years. It doesn't matter what the public wants, at least not until a month or so before the next election! God forbid they should be trying to improve the integrity of those businesses that give Mesquite a bad name. (Just for fun, go to, click on "Consumer Resources" then "download speed test". Anyone getting what they are paying for report back immediately!) As for the shrimp farm, I can only hope those people still wringing their hands wanted it built upwind from THEIR homes.
    By: someone's watching
  • Posted Date: 07/02/2012
    IThe comments on conservation are right on. As an example of our backward city, many community colleges and universities have training or degrees in renewable energy. Not Mesquite, we teach blackjack. Truckee Meadows has an Energy Tech degree in wind, solar and geothermal and got $2 million in grants, Great Basin CC working with a solar company to develop workforce needs, Univ of Reno has National Geothermal Academy and degree in renewable energy, UNLV has a solar and renewable energy degree and a graduate certificate in solar and renewable. Where is CSN Mesquite? And about the soccer tent, for those who aren't related to someone at city hall - yes, the mayor and council have caved in to their Utah special interests and they WILL build the tent with tax dollars. Where will it be - right where they wanted it all along. Watch and see. Want to prove it -call you councilmen and ask them how they would vote, no maybe's, how they would vote. This is why Mesquite is backward. No training, no jobs, mismanagement and no business. We can't continue to support Utah forever.
    By: Nathan
  • Posted Date: 07/02/2012
    It's a fact, the tent will probably be built even though it produces no jobs, brings in no money and uses tax dollars. It's 4-1 on the council with the mayor in favor of the tent. So Mr. McGreer is right, why pretend we are going to do something when the special interest groups do what they want anyway?
    By: Bill
  • Posted Date: 07/02/2012
    No big deal. Just put Romney in charge and he will outsource Mesquite to India.
    By: Jim
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