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December 22, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Protect Nevada’s public lands

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Nevada’s small businesses drive significant economic growth in the state. Gov. Brian Sandoval’s Aug. 26 guest column, “State showing positive signs for business growth,” shows the importance of bringing new business to the state and helping current companies grow and prosper.

Sandoval notes that to maximize job creation, it’s essential for the state to support these entrepreneurs. And one way to do that is to protect Nevada’s public lands.

For many Nevada small -business owners, one of the primary reasons they do business in the state is because its great outdoors create business opportunities and attract quality employees.

Small Business Majority’s polling found four in 10 Nevada entrepreneurs agree that when choosing where to live and own a business, access to outdoor opportunities provided by public lands is a large factor. In fact, six in 10 find the president’s all-of-the-above energy policy proposal — which promotes a mix of energy sources including solar, wind, natural gas and more — most attractive if it protects public lands.

With Nevada seeing economic growth, the state can encourage job creation by paying attention to what its entrepreneurs have in common, the desire to protect public lands. It’s good for business.

The author is the Western outreach manager for Small Business Majority.

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  1. Amen letter writer. Small businesses are the back bone of the country. Not just because they create 50 percent of all the news jobs and employ 70 percent of all American workers. But because they keep the big businesses honest. Small businesses should be embraced and encouraged. Not impugned and villified.


  2. PS: As Americans we have an obligation and duty to protect and preserve the gifts of the Almighty. And pass these along to our children as they were passed on to us.


  3. I agree with Carmine on both points. I work with and buy from small businesses whenever I can. They are making Las Vegas a better place in which to live and work.
    And Mr. Gaudette nails it - the recreational opportunities that we are building in the Southwest make us a premier destination for visitors worldwide. People are visiting because we have protected public lands, and that's helping out Las Vegas businesses of all sizes.