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September 2, 2015

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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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