Economic Vitality Program

The Economic Vitality Program, established in 2010, utilizes and unprecedented approach with community members as champions to implement projects creating economic, social, cultural and environmental capital.  The plan was updated and approved by the Board of County Commissioners in December 2021. Click here to access the 2021 two-page Summary Handout and PowerPoint.

Four Focus Areas

  • Developing a Thriving Climate for Business & Learning
  • Create Distinctive Downtown
  • Capitalize on Outdoor Recreation & Lifestyle Opportunities
  • Enhancement of Arts & Culture

Eight Priority Projects

Prior Projects Completed

  • Genoa Destination
  • Community and Senior Center

Economic Vitality Plan Strategy

Vital Progress

  • Watch a Progress Video showcasing the first decade of the program's success.

January 2023 - Economic Vitality Champion Reports 
2015 Economic Development Performance Measures Report
2014 Economic Development Performance Measures Report

The county's work in Economic Vitality was featured in the Government Finance Review Journal.

A 2013 report on our progress is also available.

Main Street Revitalization Toolkit - 2017

2021 Retail Market Analysis & PowerPoint for the downtown areas of Minden & Gardnerville

Main Street Gardnerville 2010 Market Analysis & Business Activity Update

Historic Pony Express Trail Conceptual Plan

Prior Success Celebrated!

As part of the development of the Economic Vitality Plan in 2010 a gathering was held to recognize, promote and celebrate the significant progress that was made in Douglas county during the last decade. The State of the county PowerPoint celebrated the past decade of success.