Business Expansion | Retention Updates

The Business Retention and Expansion team closed the 2018 fiscal year with 143 total visits to companies and exceeded targets for Business to Business introductions (85), referrals to education providers and internship/apprenticeship coordinators (153), resolution of roadblocks/issues (10), and visitation of new companies. On the workforce side, the team rolled out 15 workforce recruitment initiatives and engaged 7,000 first time users from outside the region to review job opportunities. Thank you to all our partners who contributed to our success, and you can look forward to more great things from our team in the new fiscal year!
BREW works with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) and Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) on an ongoing basis to help identify transportation issues and opportunities. RTC offers a variety of shared ride options, and My Ride To Work offers private transportation services for employees.

Workforce Updates

TMCC is now offering 2 new on-line courses in  data analytics and data visualization. Improve your skills to analyze data for basic business decisions and to communicate insights about data. Interested in scholarship funding or offering this course to employees? Go here for more information.
Per the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s (DETR) June 2018 economic report, year-over-year employment increased in the State as a whole, and in all three metropolitan statistical areas (MSA’s), with the Reno-Sparks and Carson City MSA’s both adding jobs at a faster rate than the state. The Reno-Sparks MSA is the fastest growing in the state, and with a 3.5% unemployment rate, it is the only MSA with an unemployment rate less than the US as a whole. For the full report, go here.
Biggest Little Tip of the Month:  Ready to reduce turnover costs with employee engagement? Join NV State Council, NNHRA and SNVSHRM at SHRM NV:  HR’s Got Talent! 2 day conference on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Learn to expand, enhance, and engage your workforce. The first 5 primary companies to email will receive a complimentary registration to the conference.


Lack of high visibility is a primary obstacle for aspiring female leaders. For more insight, please watch this brief video with Kinetics, CFO, Suzy Taherian.
Just a reminder to post your jobs on Nevada JobConnect, the statewide network that connects business with employees. Contact your local JobConnect office now!

Partner Updates

Nevada Promise Scholarship App Now Open – High school seniors are encouraged to apply for the Nevada Promise Scholarship before October 31, 2018 to be eligible for up to three years of free tuition and fees at TMCC.

To meet the needs of the growing early stage companies in the region, Stanton Chase recently launched a special offer for Northern Nevada. Check out their new fee structure for their Retained Executive Search Program here.
Attention Manufacturers: Looking for workshops, events and resources that can help your business thrive? Connect with Nevada Industry Excellence (NVIE) and review upcoming events geared specifically for manufacturers.
Save the date – 3rd Annual Philanthropy Leaders Summit Reno – Transformational Philanthropy – held 
Are you a member of an organization that holds their meetings elsewhere around the country? Don’t forget the RSCVA team is ready and able to help you bring one of those meetings to the region. Be a Superhero and help the RSCVA attract meetings and conventions to our area. For more information, go here.

Major Investor of the Week

Lewis Apartment Communities – The Lewis Group of Companies continues today as one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development companies. The Lewis Group focuses on developing mixed-use planned communities and residential subdivisions in California and Nevada, as well as building and owning rental communities, shopping centers, and office and industrial parks. Since 1955, the Lewis organization has developed new communities in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, totaling in excess of 25,000 acres and housing more than 100,000 families.

EDAWN Events

Did you know that…Arts spark creativity and innovation?
The Conference Board reports that creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders-with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring. The biggest creativity indicator? A college arts degree. Their Ready to Innovate report concludes, “The arts-music, creative writing, drawing, dance-provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd millennium.” Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than other scientists.
EDAWN’s Arts & Business Luncheon and Awards – September 13, 2018!
EDAWN’s Arts & Business Luncheon and Awards will highlight and recognize businesses and individuals who have shown outstanding support and engagement with the local arts community. At this luncheon, learn about the important role a thriving arts and culture community plays in our region’s successful economic development efforts of attracting and retaining quality companies, as well as a qualified workforce.
Keynote Speaker:
Laura Zabel, Executive Director
Springboard for the Arts
Event Details:
EDAWN’s Arts & Business Luncheon and Awards
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Eldorado Resort Casino
11:30 am – Check-In
12 noon – 1:30 pm – Lunch, Keynote & Awards Presentation
Co-Partners: City of Reno, City of Sparks, Sierra Arts Foundation and the University of Nevada Reno/College of Liberal Arts
 For more information, please contact Sheila Imsdahl or call 775-829-3704.
Thank you to our Title Sponsor:
Nominations Still Open – SAVE THE DATE! – EDAWN’s 7th Annual Existing Industry Awards – The Corporate Citizen Award is just one of the categories where you can shine in the Existing Industry Awards on Thursday, October 18th, at the Grand Sierra Resort. Nominate your company or another primary company, that is deserving of recognition, and is making our region a better place. Don’t fly below the radar screen…step into the spotlight and get credit for your many contributions.  Award categories and General Criteria are posted on the EDAWN website hereNominations close August 17, so don’t delay.
Please click here to view a list of EDAWN’s 2018 events. For more information, please contact Sheila Imsdahl or call 775.829.3704.
For the Startup Digest Reno calendar of events, go here:2018 EDAWN Entrepreneurial events. For more information, please contact Katie Romanko or call 775.829.3702.