Top 5 Strategies

for creating jobs

  1. Create the Nevada Job Bonds Support Fund
    11,495 Jobs
  2. Require State and Local Governments to Dedicate Annual Appropriations / Authorizations
    3,823 Jobs
  3. Eliminate Tax Rate Sunsets Dedicated to Capital Projects
    3,077 Jobs

  4. Provide a Streamlined Permitting Process and Permit and Planning Fee Abatements
    3,483 Jobs
  5. Index the Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax
    5,192 Jobs

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Economic Conditions

Nevada’s economy has been ravaged by the economic recession that began in December 2007. The economic downturn has required private sector employers to cut 179,400 jobs, and, at the same time, reduce hours, wages and benefits for their remaining employees. There is no precedent for these impacts in Nevada’s modern history.

Building Jobs Coalition

Northern Nevada
316 California Avenue
Reno, Nevada 89509
Phone: (775) 685-6550

Southern Nevada
150 N. Durango Drive
Suite 100
Las Vegas, Nevada 89145
Phone: (702) 796-9986


About the
Building Jobs Coalition

The economic impact of the Great Recession has been devastating on Nevada. Nowhere is this more apparent than within the State’s construction industry. As of October 2010, the construction sector accounted for 60,500 jobs in Nevada, with roughly 6 out of every 10 construction jobs having been eliminated since the economy peaked in late 2006. In just the past 12 months, the industry has shed 20 percent of its workforce, or 14,700 positions. Importantly, these figures do not include the tens of thousands of additional jobs that have been lost in design, engineering, planning and support businesses throughout the state. The Building Jobs Coalition was formed with a single purpose in mind – getting these Nevadans back to work.

An essential element of Nevada’s ability to recover is needed investment in the state’s roads and highways; its schools and universities; its water, sewer and flood control infrastructure; and its hospitals, prisons and other government facilities. It is vitally important that Nevada not only stop the diversion of money away from these programs but also find ways to accelerate their construction. It is also imperative that Nevada-based companies, employing Nevada-based workers, are given first priority for all state and local projects. This puts Nevada’s construction and development workers back to work while at the same time positioning the economy for future growth.

The Coalition’s origins are in the construction and development industries, but its focus is broad- based. Today, there are more than 180,000 Nevada residents actively looking for work, translating into the highest rate of unemployment in the United States. Getting construction workers back on the job will require wide-spread economic recovery. To this end, the Coalition is working together with other industries, legislators and other community leaders to develop and vet a series of job-creation strategies.

This white paper is a working draft of those strategies. It is not offered as, nor intended to be, a comprehensive solution. Rather, it is a compilation of ideas developed through research, discussions with legislators in and out of Nevada, and input from industry leaders. Some strategies may be mutually exclusive; others may be proven infeasible. That said, the ultimate objective of this exercise is to refine this document over the next several months so that vetted, actionable strategies that can be delivered to the Nevada State Legislature in advance of convening its 2011 Regular Session.

For more information regarding the Coalition please contact the Coalition at (702) 796-9986.

Coalition Members
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
  • Associated General Contractors, Las Vegas Chapter (AGC)
  • Builders Association of Northern Nevada (BANN)
  • Construction Financial Management Association Las Vegas Chapter (CFMA)
  • Electrical Workers Local 401
  • Framing Contractors Association (FCA)
  • Frohnen Consulting
  • Ironworkers Union Local 118
  • Laborers International Union of North America No. 169
  • Laborers International Union of North America No. 872
  • Las Vegas Chapter American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of Southern Nevada (MCA)
  • National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC)
  • Nevada Association of Mechanical Contractors
  • Nevada Chapter American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Nevada Chapter Associated General Contractors (AGC)
  • Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)
  • Nevada Subcontractors Association (NSA)
  • Northern Nevada Building Trades Council
  • Northern Nevada Chapter American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • Operating Engineers Union Local 3
  • Operative Plasters and Cement Masons Local 797
  • Painters and Allied Trades Local 597
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 350
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 26
  • Sierra Nevada Concrete Association
  • Southern Nevada Building Trades Council
  • Southern Nevada Chapter American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • Southern Nevada Home Builders Association (SNHBA)
  • Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA)
  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters