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.

Take the Nevada Speed Test!

Your help is needed to pinpoint the region’s most unserved and underserved homes and businesses. By logging on to, a mapping tool which measures internet speeds, we can analyze home and business connectivity to identify strategies and funding solutions to improve our regional broadband infrastructure.

Beginning in April 2022, the Douglas County School District is partnering with the county to encourage parents and all community members to take the speed test. The goal is better internet connectivity for the entire community to do those things online that you want to do such as connecting with health care providers, remote work, streaming videos, homework, etc. Access the flyer for more info and to learn what to do if you have no available internet service.

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. 

PPE for Businesses & Non-Profits

Douglas County through the CARES Act, has ordered PPE and sanitizing products to be made available to all businesses and non-profits within the county at no charge

The Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce has agreed to be the primary distribution point.  All businesses and non-profits, can obtain the PPE, by submitting their needs at the link below and the Chamber will contact you with your scheduled pickup date and time.   To put in your request for supplies, please complete the survey here.  Send an e-mail for questions.  (updated 1-06-21).

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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Lisa Granahan

Lisa Granahan

Economic Vitality Manager


1594 Esmeralda Ave. Minden, NV 89423


Ph: (775) 781-3775

Fx: (775) 782-6255

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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