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.

Small Business Disaster Assistance Loans in response to  Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Streamline your application process by starting with 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) Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Business Resiliency Plan and other resources.  Access information about the different SBA Coronavirus relief options here and view a spreadsheet overview of the products here.

Weigh-in.  How is the Pandemic Affecting your Business?

Businesses are encouraged to complete the COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey being conducted by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).  The information you provide will be held in strict confidence and only used in providing aggregate, summary statistical reporting. Your input is critically important in supporting policy and decision makers as the Silver State moves through this health emergency.

COVID-19 Business Directives & Resources

Visit the GOED and the Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA) websites for information on business directives and links to more business resources.

Updated List of Essential & Non-essential Businesses

Click here to access the Governor's directive 003 (3/27/20) regarding Essential & Non-essential Businesses.  

Click here to access the Governor's directive 013 (4/8/20) regarding Essential Businesses and Leisure Activities.  Click here for guidance on directive 013.  

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.

Business Spotlight Awards

Each year Douglas County presents Spotlight Awards to businesses in seven categories that reflect some or many of the principles that guide the Economic Vitality Program. Read about the businesses honored.


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Lisa Granahan

Lisa Granahan

Economic Vitality Manager


1594 Esmeralda Ave. Minden, NV 89423


Ph: (775)782-6268

Fx: (775)775-782-6255

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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