Business Retention | Expansion | Workforce Development

The Business Retention, Expansion and Workforce Development team visited over 140 new and existing primary companies over the past 12 months, and assisted 94 companies in a variety of ways including making introductions to resources, helping facilitate connections with education, taking business concerns forward to the appropriate entities, and assisting with expansions. 

 They also worked closely with the Washoe County School District Career and Technical Education Program and others, to support the alignment of education with the “New Nevada” workforce needs.

The team launched and improved multiple tools to assist new and existing companies.

These include the Employer Workforce Resource Guide, which provides a straightforward reference guide to help employers navigate the numerous workforce resources that exist in the area. The team also launched, a one-stop location that makes it easy for recruiters and others to access to a wide variety of information about our community. The Business Toolkit continues to improve and expande and includes information about Background Checks, Transportation Programs, Tips from Experts, Foreign Trade Zones and other important topics. All of these can be found here.
The team also partnered with the Washoe County School District to create and distribute the My Future Activity Book for children, to help students and their parents learn more about careers in Northern Nevada’s key sectors. 


Workforce efforts of the team included many components geared toward connection between seekers and resources, increased connections between service and training providers, encouraging education and business connections, support for internship and apprenticeship programs, and attraction of talent to the region.

Nine attraction activities were implemented over the past 12 months to encourage those outside the state to consider Northern Nevada as a place for a career.

Check out built for businesses who are attracting employees to the area.

If your logo and employment page is not included under your industry, make a request at the bottom of the home page. Also, consider being a community Ambassador and ADD THE website to your website.

Nevada’s Apprenticeship Project is for smarter employers and better employees.

Nevada is experiencing significant growth, and many of these jobs will require a highly-skilled, trained and ready workforce. Whether you’re an employer interested in getting positions filled now through a registered apprenticeship program or you’re a job seeker ready to earn and learn, the local community colleges are the right place to start. TMCC programs include CNC Machine Operator, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, and Certified Nursing Assistant. Additional programs are being developed and will be recruiting soon. For more information, go here.

Biggest Little Recruiting Tips: 

The H2B visa program  is a temporary work visa for foreign workers with a job offer for seasonal or temporary, peak load, non-agricultural work in the US. The H2Bvisa program is open to nationals of countries designated by the United States Secretary of Homeland Security, and there are numerous companies that can assist with the application process. For more information consult with an immigration attorney or contact H2 labor specialists.

Job Seekers:

If you have clients or friends looking for work, be sure they get registered and enter detailed information about their work history and skills in the Nevada JobConnect database. 
Nevada JobConnect regularly search this database for people to fill the local open jobs.

Partner Updates

Communities in Schools of Nevada (CIS) Fill the Bus event is collecting school supplies to distribute to At-Risk CIS students during the 2017-2018 school year.

Consider collecting at your place of work to  donate on on August 4th.
Nevada Association of Employers (NAE) announces the first annual 2017 Nevada Employers Conference, which brings together state and federal regulators (Department of Labor, Nevada Equal Rights Commission, Office of the Labor Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, etc.), industry experts, and legal professionals to discuss the latest developments in labor and employment in Nevada and nationwide. Here is their flyer.

The Governor’s Conference on Business 2017, presented by the State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry is being held in Northern Nevada, on Thursday, August 17th at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks.

This conference is designed to support business growth and connection in the region, and includes a business resource expo, great speakers and a business pitch competition. Display booths are also available and sell out each year, so don’t delay! For more information or to register go here.

What role does philanthropy play in creating a vibrant and healthy community?

Attend the 2nd Annual Philanthropy Leaders Summit, Reno and learn how philanthropy can positively impact your employees and customers. Friday, September 15th at the Nevada Museum of Art. To register, please go here.

High Sierra Industries (HSI) is a leader in serving persons with disabilities in Northern Nevada!

HSI will once again stage its signature annual fundraising event, the X-treme Ability Challenge Races and invites you and your business to be part of the big event on August 19th! Please contact them if you are interested in registering or sponsoring the event at 775.829.7400.

The 12th Annual Run for Education is a fun, family community event to raise physical education and nutrition funding for students in the Washoe County School District.

 It will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Outlets at the Sparks Marina/Sheels. 100% of sponsorship proceeds go back to schools and students through the Education Alliance, a non-profit 501(c)3 community outreach organization, which works in partnership with educators to support all students in Washoe County by fostering educational excellence and student achievement.

Need Employees? The Strikeforce Meets the Workforce. 

The National Guard and Army Guard of Nevada have skilled work-ready candidates for your open positions. Meet possible employees July 19th 4:30 to 6 pm at the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, 449 S. Virginia St. Reno. Visit the website for more information.

Major Investor Of The Week

Gilbane Building Company – Gilbane Building Company is a full service construction management company with over 3000 employees around the world. We specialize in Higher Ed, K-12, Mission Critical, Healthcare, Government along with many other types of construction.