Economic Development / Vitality

About Economic Vitality

The Economic Vitality Division is responsible for implementing the Economic Vitality Plan and working with new and existing businesses to connect them to needed economic development services and resources.

Business Spotlight Awards

Each year Douglas County presents Spotlight Awards to businesses in categories that reflect some or many of the principles that guide the Economic Vitality Program. Read about the businesses honored.   Click on the award winning business names to watch each of the videos shown at the presentation ceremony.

Spotlight Award Winners:  Bently Nevada, A Baker Hughes businessStarbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant & Distribution CenterJT Basque Bar and Dining RoomThe Pink House and Daniel’sEdgewood Tahoe Resort and Carson Valley Medical Center.


Updated Economic Vitality Plan

Click here to access the two-page summary and PowerPoint

Evacuation Checklist

With wildfires reoccurring from time to time in our surrounding our area, it never hurts to be prepared.  
    Business evacuation checklist
    Household evacuation checklist

Need Data?

The Nevada Economic Assessment Project provides a variety of socioeconomic data about the county. 

Small Business Disaster Assistance Loans

Need help with your SBA funding application, contact our Small Business Development Center Counselor

     Kathy Halbardier, Rural Business Advisor
     Email Kathy Halbardier
     (775) 720-4428

Visit the Nevada Small Business Development Center  with links to information about Small Business Administration (SBA)  Disaster Loans, Business Resiliency Plans and other resources. 

Progress Video


Tremendous Private/Public/Non-profit partnerships at the core of the Economic Vitality Program. To watch the video click here.

Business Survey

For the fourth year in a row businesses surveyed at the Critical Issues Conference in September 2019 indicated plans to add new positions and invest in capital or equipment. Access the survey here.  


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Nikki Verdile

Nikki Verdile

Economic Vitality Manager


1594 Esmeralda Ave. Minden, NV 89423


Ph: 775-782-6268

Fx: (775) 782-6255

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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