Anderson leaving top job at economic development office

paul go goedAfter just a year at the helm of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, former Assembly Majority Leader Paul Anderson is stepping down, according to a news release from Governor Steve Sisolak.

Spokeswoman Helen Kalla says the governor will name an acting director and begin a search for a new executive director.

“I appreciate all that Paul has done for Nevada and his positive efforts to foster a diverse economy and encourage businesses to expand and open in our state,” Sisolak said. “I thank him for his years of public service both in state government and as an elected official and business owner. I know that he will continue to champion economic development in his future endeavors.”

Anderson served as majority leader during the contentious 2015 legislative session, which was marked by unrest in his Assembly Republican caucus.  He was first elected to represent Assembly District 13 in Las Vegas in 2012. He left the elected post in September 2017 to become deputy director of GOED.

The news release says Anderson indicated he is leaving at the end of March to pursue new opportunities. He could not be reached for comment Friday morning.

“It was an honor to have had the opportunity to serve the constituents of Nevada Assembly District 13,” Anderson said. “Equally, I’ve had the privilege to serve Nevada in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to help diversify the economy, bring new businesses to our state, and help our small businesses grow here at home and expand into international markets. Nevadans are the beneficiary of great policy in action. I wish Gov. Sisolak and his administration nothing but the best. I know how important GOED is to the continued economic development of the state and to Gov. Sisolak’s goals to support small businesses.”

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

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