Economic Development

Targeted Sectors and Industry Profiles

The Brookings/SI report, Unify Regionalize Diversify: An Economic Development Agenda for Nevada called out over 30 opportunities and categorized them across seven sectors.  It is within these opportunities, and others that may be identified within certain regions, counties and/or cities, that Nevada will realize its potential for producing high-quality jobs.

The State's resources are being marshaled to assist regions to develop and execute sector-specific and cross-sector strategies toward capitalizing on targeted opportunities, especially through innovation.

While working with all companies looking to expand or relocate to Nevada, NV Energy Economic Development and Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development have targeted the following industries:

Aerospace & Defense

Nevada plays a major role in the nation's national security, with Nevada businesses having a long history reaching back to World War II of researching, designing, developing and applying a variety of technologies for defense applications.

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) supply, assembly and testing
  • Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of aircraft systems


Nevada agriculture is focused mainly on range livestock production. Nevada ranches rank third in the nation in size, averaging 3,500 acres.


Nevada's renewable energy portfolio has attracted significant domestic and foreign investment to the state, with its potential for generating wind, solar and geothermal power.

  • Renewable component manufacturing
  • Expanding transmission capacity
  • Advancing and internationalizing geothermal development
  • Energy efficiency upgrading

Health & Medical

Nevada health-care providers are focused upon the reduction of costs and the improvement of health results for Nevadans.

  • Surgical specialties
  • Geriatrics and related services
  • Disaggregation of medical service delivery
  • Leveraging a strong medical/health sector to build other emerging industries

Information Technology

Nevada is at the forefront of technological research, development, innovation and commercialization.

  • Call centers/customer service and back office/BPO/shared services
  • E-commerce operations/headquarters
  • Corporate data centers
  • Cloud computing/high-performance computing
  • Cyber security

Logistics & Operations

Nevada is a gateway to domestic and global exporting opportunities via ground, rail and air.

  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Advanced logistics
  • Air cargo
  • Integrated manufacturing/distribution
  • Assembly manufacturing
  • Food processing operations
  • Freight transportation (ground and rail)


With excellent location and transportation infrastuctures, Nevada's manufacturing industry continues to grow. 

  • Organizing and marketing of manufacturing base


Nevada's mineral wealth has made mining the state's largest export industry. 

  • Expanding participation in upstream mining activities
  • Medium-value mineral supply chain development
  • Manufacture of advanced composite materials

Source: Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development