Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid and members of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) met on Thursday in Reid’s Washington, D.C. office. They discussed how to promote economic development and create jobs in Nevada. A key component of economic development in Southern Nevada is the creation of Interstate 11, and the “I-11 Corridor” with Phoenix. In 2012, Reid inserted in the transportation jobs bill the designation for Interstate 11, which is the first step toward funding the highway to connect Las Vegas and Phoenix. Reid and LVGEA President Tom Skancke spoke of the importance of I-11 and working with local stakeholders to make it a reality. Another key element of improving Nevada’s economy that they discussed is Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants. Reid has worked to bring EDA grants to the state and committed to working with LVGEA to provide these resources to Southern Nevada. Last week, LVGEA joined a growing chorus of business groups in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Reid thanked them for their support of the bipartisan bill he shepherded through the Senate. Reid agrees with the LVGEA that it is unacceptable that a comprehensive immigration bill reform bill can’t make it to the President’s desk for his signature. Immigration reform is good for our economy and our Country.
“The high unemployment rate in Nevada continues to be of great concern,” said Senator Reid. “There is a lot of work to be done to improve the employment situation, but with the help of Tom Skancke and the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance I believe we can make great strides. We agree that investing in transportation projects like Interstate 11 and other improvements in our roads will bring thousands of jobs to the state. We discussed how we can help Nevada’s economy through grants with the Economic Development Administration and other agencies. Additionally, I was glad to hear that the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance recently endorsed immigration reform. Comprehensive immigration reform will boost Nevada’s economy by $325 million and reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion. I worked hard in the Senate to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and will continue to fight for its passage in the House of Representatives.”
“It’s always a pleasure to meet with Nevada’s senior senator, Harry Reid,” said Tom R. Skancke, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. “Over the past year, we’ve published our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, we’ve taken stances on education issues, and we’ve studied how we can better penetrate the air cargo and manufacturing industries. Every single one of those issues has a federal component, and to make any progress on the federal level, we need representatives with the seniority and stroke to get it done. Over the coming year, we look forward to working with the Senate Majority Leader to drive economic and community development and truly make Southern Nevada a global destination for business.”