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Mesquite Regional Business

The Pleasure of Your Company is Desired

by Rachel Dahl, President/CEO of Mesquite Regional Business

Left to Right- Rachel Dahl, Mayor Al Litman, and David Bennett.
Left to Right- Rachel Dahl, Mayor Al Litman, and David Bennett.

Mesquite Regional Business (MRB) is the economic development organization serving Mesquite and Moapa Valley in beautiful Clark County, Nevada, just one hour northeast of Las Vegas, thirty minutes east of the stunning Valley of Fire State Park, the newly designated Gold Butte Monument, and an hour-and-a-half from magnificent Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. A gateway to incredible recreation at these and other state and national parks, the Mesquite area boasts unparalleled climbing opportunities, hundreds of miles of off-roading, seven championship golf courses, year-round youth sports tournaments, senior games, long-drive competitions, and a temperate climate that brings snowbirds from the northern states to winter in our amazing community.

Mesquite had its beginnings in the late 1800s when Mormon pioneers settled the area and began farming, relying on the abundant water of the Virgin River and their innovative irrigation system to grow cotton, grapes, sugar cane, and pomegranates. Known for their agriculture and their dairies, these hearty settlers expanded their business efforts to include motels and campgrounds for early travelers and tourists, leading to the beautiful modern-day resorts that attract visitors for world-class golf, entertainment, and events.

Situated on Interstate 15, halfway between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, Mesquite is uniquely situated to provide a logistics and transportation mecca. With the completion of Exit 118 in April of 2016, the ease of access for transportation-related opportunities are opened into both the Mesquite Technology and Commerce Center (MTCC) and the Sports and Events Complex (SEC).

With all the exciting new projects in their launch phases, now is the time to make the move to Mesquite. The 333 Eagles Landing Travel Plaza that will include a convenience store, gas and diesel pumps, a fast food restaurant, and a tire store is slated to employ at least 80 people. That’s not to mention the expansion and remodeling of the Solstice Motorcoach Resort, eventually resulting in 240 spaces. The REV Group is breaking ground on a 76,000-square foot RV repair and warranty center on land they have purchased in the MTCC, and anticipate the need for 75 new employees.

The new Mesquite Sinclair Station opened this spring and has brought jobs, and travelers to the Virgin Valley
The new Mesquite Sinclair Station opened this spring and has brought jobs, and travelers to the Virgin Valley

Both Mesquite and Moapa Valley are rich in water resources, which is somewhat of an anomaly in Nevada. With abundant underground water from deep aquifers, as well as a plentiful system of surface water rights, we are blessed with a resource that is the envy of many western communities.

During the 2015 legislative session, the City of Mesquite was successful in getting legislation passed in cooperation with Southwest Gas authorizing the gas company to work with the Public Utilities Commission to supply natural gas to unserved rural areas to facilitate economic development. Southwest Gas is slated to make application to the PUC on behalf of Mesquite, and plans to begin construction of the 14-mile pipeline and the distribution system in the fall of 2018.

With the growth of the APEX industrial park, a 50-minute drive from Mesquite toward Las Vegas, we anticipate the location of many supply-chain industries that have little interest in locating in the traffic and bustle of Las Vegas. We suspect many employees will also not want to live in Las Vegas, and will instead choose to commute from our valleys, in turn, causing a demand for more workforce housing in addition to our robust inventory of retirement homes.

MRB has recently completed, with the assistance of Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA), a housing survey resulting in a partnership with NRHA which allows that organization to serve as the housing authority of Mesquite and to help facilitate the development of a desirable mix of housing inventory.

Believing a strong, prepared workforce is key to a strong, successful community, we have worked diligently to build a culture of education and a skilled workforce in the Mesquite area. With the creation of Mesquite Works, our local workforce development organization, and the College of Southern Nevada, we have been able to create innovative training programs to meet the needs of local employers, and can react quickly to build training courses for new companies looking to locate their operations to our community.

As a part of this workforce effort, MRB will be participating with other communities across the country in Manufacturing Week coming up the first week of October. The event will culminate on Friday, October 6 in tours for the local high school students of the Mesquite campus of the College of Southern Nevada as well as local manufacturers, including LOADTEC, Primex Plastics, and Simplot in Moapa Valley.

The culinary kids of Virgin Valley High School have teamed up with local Mesquite businesses, such as MRB, to cater events, and futher their culinary education.
The culinary kids of Virgin Valley High School have teamed up with local Mesquite businesses, such as MRB, to cater events, and futher their culinary education.

Mesquite is currently the fastest growing city in the state of Nevada–with a growth rate of roughly five percent, and we suspect this growth is poised to continue. Boasting a beautiful medical campus at Mesa View Hospital which operates a 25-bed facility along with full emergency and surgical facilities, Mesa View also operates an Urgent Care facility. And directly across from the hospital is a medical park with a variety of providers from pediatrics to aging services.

Mesquite Regional Business is here to help navigate the relocation process from site selection to retention. To find out more about our great region in southern Nevada as a possible location for your business or for the business of one of your associates, contact Rachel Dahl at Mesquite Regional Business at 702-613-0109, rdahl@mrbnv.org, or visit our website at www.chooseMesquite.com.

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