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.