December 14, 2018
HCC publishes 2018 member policy survey report
To view the entire report click here.
December 1, 2018
Political action committee announces board leadership for 2018-2020
The board for the 2018-20 Henderson Chamber Issues Mobilization Political Action Committee (IMPAC) has been announced. IMPAC is a bipartisan group that makes direct contributions to candidates who promote and vote for an agenda of a favorable business climate. Being a participant of the board is a volunteer position and volunteers serve two-year terms. Eric Hone, H1 Law Group, and local architect, Jason Andoscia, were elected as chair and vice chair.
November 7, 2018
2018 Nevada General Election Report
When the book is closed on the 2018 election cycle, historians will likely look at several key trends that developed early on. Those trends led to dramatic sweeps by the Democrats in Nevada on Nov. 6th. From the top to the bottom of the ticket, Democrats in Clark County overwhelmed the rest of the state and ushered Steve Sisolak, Kate Marshall and Aaron Ford into office.
As Carrara Nevada clients are acutely aware, voter registration numbers matter as they are an important factor in determining outcomes. This year, the Democrats had a sizable, but by no means insurmountable, lead in registered voters statewide at the time of the registration deadline.
Midterm Elections Draw Lower Turnout
Astute observers of past elections know that turnout in midterm elections - the election in between Presidential elections - has historically elicited lower voter turnout. Such was the case in 2014, the last midterm in Nevada, when a historic low turnout created Republican majorities in both the Senate and the Assembly, and elected the likes of Adam Laxalt, Ron Knecht and Dan Schwartz into office. The question going into early voting in this midterm election cycle was whether or not Democrats would turn out, and how motivated they were to turn Nevada blue. We had our answer fairly early. CONTINUE READING
October 16, 2018
Henderson Chamber of Commerce to oppose Question 3
Business organization states decision based on risk of amending state constitution
The Henderson Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 1,400 businesses throughout Southern Nevada, announced opposition to Question 3, which will appear on the 2018 Nevada Ballot this November during the general election. Question 3 addresses how energy is regulated in the state.
As the ballot initiative would change the Nevada constitution – rather than by the legislative process – any amendments to it thereafter also would require a ballot initiative passed by voters in two elections, making the slightest change difficult to make, and thus, a primary point of concern for the Henderson Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the organization seeks to support meaningful, free market choices that give equal footing to all businesses, regardless of size, to which the measure did not address.
Over the last five months, the Henderson Chamber has conducted meetings and research, which culminated this week and resulted in its position on the initiative.
The Henderson Chamber of Commerce is the only organization in Henderson that represents businesses of all sizes, industries, and stages on business policy matters.
August 24, 2018
Henderson Chamber's IMPAC issues endorsements for state general elections
Committee used results from interviews, questionnaires to select candidates
Henderson’s Issues Mobilization Political Action Committee (IMPAC), in support of its policy agenda, followed its process of recommending a slate of candidates seeking election in the 2018 Nevada General Election to which it endorsed the following state and county candidates: Michael Roberson (R), Nevada Lieutenant Governor; Barbara Cegavske (R), Nevada Secretary of State; Wes Duncan (R), Nevada Attorney General; Tiffany Jones (R), Nevada State Senate District 9; Susan Martinez (D), Nevada State Assembly District 12; Ozzie Fumo, (D) Nevada State Assembly District 21; Melissa Hardy (R), Nevada State Assembly District 22; Glen Leavitt (R), Nevada State Assembly District 23; Stephen Silberkraus (R), Nevada State Assembly District 29; David Schoen (R), Nevada State Assembly District 35; and Sandra Jauregui (D), Nevada State Assembly District 41.
“We are confident that we are putting forth a slate of candidates who have the ability to strengthen our business community here in Henderson,” said Matt Engle, IMPAC chairman and Henderson Chamber of Commerce member. “There is considerable strength in numbers, and as the voice for business in the second largest city in the state, it’s imperative we are politically engaged to ensure we are supporting existing businesses and legislators who will create an environment that makes us competitive with other markets.”
In determining candidates for endorsement, IMPAC conducted interviews and requested responses to a questionnaire from each considered candidate. Board members of IMPAC, which is compromised of 25 professionals from various business sectors, also reviewed and evaluated each candidate’s history, professional experience and commitment to civic service along with voting records of incumbents and those currently serving in office. All information was compiled by the committee to determine which candidates would understand business issues and provide long-term strategic visioning and implementation policies as well as support the growth and attraction of successful businesses in Henderson and throughout Southern Nevada.
IMPAC’s endorsements this month are in addition to earlier endorsements made prior to the primary election and included the following candidates who will also appear on the November ballot: Joe Hardy (R), Nevada Senate District 12; Ben Kieckhefer (R), Nevada Senate District 16; James Settelmeyer (R), Nevada State District 17; Keith Pickard (R), Nevada Senate District 20; James Ohrenschall (D), Nevada Senate District 21; Daniele Monroe-Moreno (D), Nevada Assembly District 1; John Hambrick (R), Nevada Assembly District 2; Jason Frierson (D), Nevada Assembly District 8; Steve Yeager (D) Nevada Assembly District 9; Tyrone Thompson (D), Nevada Assembly District 17; Chris Edwards (R), Nevada Assembly District 19; Jill Tolles (R), Nevada Assembly District 25; Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D), Nevada Assembly District 27; Jill Dickman (R), Nevada Assembly District 31; John Ellison (R), Nevada Assembly District 33; Jim Wheeler (R), Nevada Assembly District 39; and James Gibson (D), Clark County Commission District G. DOWNLOAD SLATE CARD HERE
May 15, 2018
HCC advocates for business at federal level; Delegation visited Washington D.C. in April
Last month your HCC met with Nevada’s federally elected leaders while in Washington D.C. as part of the organization’s growing advocacy program. to discuss key issue including: workforce readiness, funding for career and technical training, impact of the tax reform package, discussion on the administration’s proposed Affordable Healthcare Act rollbacks, and need for continued an approved infrastructure funding package. While on Capitol Hill the delegation met with U.S. Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto; and house representatives U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus, Jacky Rosen and Congressman Ruben Kihuen, as well as with varying policy directors at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Download 2018 Federal Policy platform
April 12, 2018
HCC's IMPAC endorses pro-business candidates for 2018 Nevada primary elections
In support of its pro-business agenda, the Henderson Chamber’s Issues Mobilization Political Action Committee (IMPAC) conducts candidate interviews while evaluating a number of criteria/considerations that aid in its collective endorsement decisions.
Early Voting: May 26 - June 8 | Primary Election: June 12
Nevada State Senate
Dr. Joe Hardy (R), District 12
Ben Kieckhefer (R), District 16
James Settelmeyer (R), District 17
Keith Pickard (R), District 20
James Ohrenschall (D), District 21
Nevada State Assembly
Daniele Monroe-Moreno (D), District 1
John Hambrick (R), District 2
Jason Frierson (D), District 8
Steve Yeager (D), District 9
Tyrone Thompson (D), District 17
Chris Edwards (R), District 19
Jill Tolles (R), District 25
Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D), District 27
Jill Dickman (R), District 31
John Ellison (R), District 33
James Oscarson (R), District 36
Jim Wheeler (R), District 39
Clark County Commission
James Gibson (D), District G
“We are confident that we are putting forth a slate of candidates who have the ability to strengthen our business community here in Henderson,” said Matt Engle who serves as IMPAC’s chairman and is a member with the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, which is currently the fastest growing chamber in the valley with more than 1,300 members. “There is considerable strength in numbers and as the voice for businesses in the second largest city in the state, it’s imperative we are politically engaged to ensure we are not only supporting existing businesses, but also supporting legislators who will create an environment that makes us competitive with other markets.”
In determining candidates for endorsement, IMPAC requested responses to a questionnaire from each considered candidate and conducted interviews. Board members of IMPAC, which is comprised of 25 professionals from varying business sectors, also reviewed and evaluated each candidate’s history, professional experience, and commitment to civic service along with voting records of candidates currently serving as office incumbents. All information was compiled by the committee to determine which candidates would bring the expertise in understanding business issues, provide long-term strategic visioning and implementation policies, as well as, support the growth and attraction of successful businesses in Henderson and throughout Southern Nevada.
IMPAC will host a ‘Meet the Candidates’ reception and fundraiser on Tuesday, May 15 for newly endorsed candidates. You can register to attend here. Additionally, IMPAC will evaluate and make endorsements for added candidates prior to the 2018 General Election.
The Issues Mobilization Political Action Committee (IMPAC) is a bipartisan group that makes direct contributions to candidates who promote and vote for an agenda of a favorable business climate. IMPAC operates separately from the Henderson Chamber of Commerce (HCC) by independent volunteer members of HCC and follows the mission of the HCC and its member businesses.
April 11, 2018City of Henderson seeks business community input for “Opportunity Zones;” Public comment deadline April 18
The City of Henderson was recently asked to nominate areas for consideration by the Nevada GOED Department as potential Opportunity Zones. If chosen, these areas will benefit from tax incentives for investors to reinvest unrealized capital gains into low-income urban and rural communities. Many believe this program has significant potential to encourage the private investment of billions of dollars in low-income communities across the United States.
Please make public comment between now and April 18. Comment using the GOED Nomination Form and enter one of the Henderson Census tracts being considered. There are six Henderson tracts eligible for consideration. Suggested tracts for support include:
32003005200 (Downtown Water St & Lake Mead): The Water Street District and Lake Mead Corridor are both located in this tract and have seen the addition of several flagship food and retail outlets in the last 1-2 years including the Public Works Coffee Bar, the Lovelady Brewery Company and Flaming Fajitas currently under construction and slated to open this year. The area was also deemed an opportunity site in the recently completed and adopted Henderson Strong Comprehensive Plan. It was chosen for its readiness, current momentum and resident desire for change. Engagement efforts reached more than 26,000 residents and received nearly 5,500 direct inputs; residents said they prioritized Downtown Henderson, Lake Mead Parkway and the Boulder Highway Corridor for continued focus and reinvestment.
32003005439 (Pittman Neighborhood): In 2016, the city of Henderson participated in the Invest Health Strategies for Healthier Cities grant program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Reinvestment Fund. Out of this cross-sectoral program, the Pittman Neighborhood Revitalization Plan was developed. The Plan aims to improve health outcomes in the Pittman neighborhood, which suffers from being in a food desert, aging infrastructure and housing, and having poor connections to nearby amenities and services. The resulting Pittman Plan is a short-term, action-oriented plan to better health outcomes in the Pittman Neighborhood by improving access to parks, health care, fresh foods, housing, transportation, education and workforce development. The plan has created significant momentum with the addition of a mobile farmers market, community garden classroom, after school super program, mobile healthcare clinic and additional grants and in-kind funding. The Pittman Neighborhood is ripe for reinvestment and would benefit greatly from continued focus, partnership and leverage.
32003005438 (S. Boulder Highway Corridor): During the recent Henderson Strong comprehensive planning effort, the community prioritized increased investment in the Boulder Highway Corridor among others. Boulder Highway was also recognized as a regional connector and prioritized as an opportunity site in the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development-- Southern Nevada Strong. In response, the City of Henderson applied for and received the Brownfield Community-Wide Assessment Grant through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that allows the city to fund site research and environmental assessments on eligible properties in the area. The assessment process better positions property owners to more easily market their vacant or underutilized properties or repurpose them for a higher return on investment. There is significant momentum on the Boulder Highway Corridor and it is well positioned for an Opportunity Zone designation.
The HCC askes members to consider taking the time to fill out the GOED Nomination Form and submit on behalf of one of the Henderson tracts listed above or otherwise. Redevelopment and reinvestment in key areas is critical to our continued economic and community livelihood.
Remember, public comment runs only through April 18.
The Opportunity Zones program was enacted to encourage investment in low-income communities. Created as part of the 2017 federal tax reform package (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act), the program affords Governor Sandoval the ability to nominate up to 61 census tracts in Nevada to be part of an "Opportunity Zone." These census tracts must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible; primarily, they must be low-income communities. Being part of an Opportunity Zone provides a tax incentive for investors to reinvest unrealized capital gains into low-income urban and rural communities.
There are several bills enacted by the Nevada State Legislature following the 2017 session that went into effect starting January 1, 2018, with some that may be of particular interest to our Henderson Chamber of Commerce member businesses.
Assembly Bill 474 - Makes various changes relating to drug overdoses and prescribing and using drugs. -- The legislation sets targets on those prescribing drugs to curb over prescription of narcotic drugs. Doctors are now attempting to adhere to the enacted legislation, but not without difficulty as the legislation does not clearly outline provisions and reporting details. Oversight of the legislation now falls under the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners and the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners, which is now creating a working group to discuss oversight details that may have been missed and/or not addressed within the bill itself.
Senate Bill 232 – Enacts Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. – Enacted law requires employers of domestic works, and others, to provide workers with certain written documentation of the conditions employment and right to work under the law. Law also addresses changes in mandatory payment of wages and overtime wages for a certain number of hours works, outlines limitation of deductions for food and lodging expenses, and addresses workers rest break and days off.
Other bills enacted on January 1, 2018 also include:
Assembly Bill 204 – Name changes on marriage licenses
Assembly Bill 261 – Motorcycle learner’s permits
Assembly Bill 335 – Moped drivers must drive in the right-hand lane on highways
Assembly Bill 384 – “Banning the Box” (i.e. criminal history notification) for government job applications until in-person interview
Assembly Bill 420 – Electronic device access for prisoners
Senate Bill 19 – Dual credit courses for high school students
Senate Bill 189 – Child Care Facility training for employees
Senate Bill 194 – Prohibition of selling products derived/containing certain animal species under certain circumstances
Senate Bill 339 – More cars eligible for issuance of vintage plates
Senate Bill 482 – Health care facility ratings display
Senate Bill 511 – Changes to boating and wildlife licenses
September 1, 2017
HCC’s Issues Committee kicks off, to develop federal policy platform
June 22, 2017
2017 Legislative Report
February. 8, 2017
HCC continues to advocate for business at state and federal levels
February 8, 2017
IMPAC prepares for City of Henderson municipal elections
June 20, 2016
Nevada Commerce Tax notification
April 25, 2016
HCC to co-host inaugural “Campaign School 101” April 29
February 2, 2016
HCC publishes 2016 “Member Policy Survey” report