Washoe County can improve its business climate by making improvements to K-12 education, by providing more workforce development training, and by increasing the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) graduates. Those are among the findings in a survey of 120 business leaders asked how they would improve Washoe County’s business climate.

The Reno Business Leader Survey was funded by First Independent Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank and conducted by WestGroup.  Surveys were sent to members of The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, Northern Nevada in July of 2016.

The survey found half of business leaders listed the quality and availability of the workforce as the number one business challenge in Washoe County.  The education system came in second, followed by health care costs, employee recruitment/employee retention and local government.

Asked to define three ways local government could improve the business climate, a majority said improve K-12 public education, followed by instituting a sales tax increase for school renovations and construction and more community college training/workforce development.

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