Sandoval Wants to Create 50K Jobs by 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev.  -- Gov. Brian Sandoval is issuing a challenge to create 50,000 jobs by 2014.

During a news conference Tuesday in Reno, the first term Republican governor unveiled his state's economic development plan, a blueprint that calls for broader marketing of Nevada's business climate and studying tax incentives to spur job growth.

"We have one of the most attractive business climates in the U.S. and it's up to us to capitalize on that fact," Sandoval said.

The first term Republican made economic development a priority during his campaign and in his administration.

Peter Maksymec is starting a new business. "It's tough, it's definitely tough but the opportunities are here," he said.

Lawmakers last year passed AB449, a law that elevates the state's economic development director to a cabinet level position and provides for a coordinated approach with regional agencies. It also provided for a $10 million "catalyst fund" to create economic growth.

"Nothing is too small, none is non-significant not when so many of our neighbors continue to seek work." Sandoval said.

Nevada leads the nation in unemployment, bankruptcies and foreclosures.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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