Economic Development And Tourism

Business Climate

Henderson, the fastest growing large city in the U.S. from 1990 to 1998, is widely recognized as a great place for business.  In the past two decades, city leaders, working in close partnership with the community, have been aggressively diversifying the city's economy by attracting new, modern industries and businesses.  Some of the nation's best known and most respected corporations have established major operations in Henderson.  These include, but are not limited to, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., Good Humor-Breyers, Amica, Toyota Financial and Levi Strauss & Company.

As the Las Vegas region continues to attract additional new residents each month and many new businesses each year, these residents and businesses generate a demand for products and services making Henderson an ideal place for business opportunities.  Some of Henderson's additional advantages include, but are not limited to:


A wide variety of centrally located and master-planned industrial parks are available to suit the needs of light manufacturers, distribution operations, and research/development firms.  Henderson also has an active real estate market for retail establishments and office uses such as corporate headquarters locations, back office operations, call centers, or executive suites.


Major highways serving Henderson include I-15, US 93/95, Highway 146, and the Southern Nevada Beltway (I-215).  I-15 also provides immediate east-west access from California to the East Coast via I-80, I-70, and I-40, as well as north-south access from Mexico to Canada via I-15.  Air destinations to and from Southern Nevada are easily served from McCarran International Airport.

Demographic Characteristics

Attractive demographic characteristics in Henderson include a fast-growing population base and impressive average household incomes.  Henderson was recognized as the fastest-growing large city in the United States by the U.S. Census Bureau from 1990 to 1998.

Work Force/Education

The combination of right-to-work legislation and population growth provides employers an expansive base for recruitment of entry-level and skilled labor pools at attractive wage rates.  A variety of educational, occupational and business assistance programs are also offered to employees and employers through the University and Community College system in Southern Nevada.  Area campuses include the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) located just minutes from Henderson, the College of Southern Nevada Henderson campus, and Nevada State College.

Postsecondary education and training programs are also widely available from private colleges in Henderson through 12 area campuses offering more than 75 programs and majors, from certificates, associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees to Ph.D.s.

Nevada's Millennium Scholarship, created in 1999 by Governor Kenny Guinn's Millennium Scholarship Initiative, provides college tuition to all state high school seniors meeting certain basic requirements.


Nevada's tax climate is very attractive, as Nevada does not charge corporate, franchise or personal income tax.  Nevada is often considered to have one of the least burdensome tax structures in the country.


Existing infrastructure, competitive rates, and reliability are important considerations for new commercial and industrial operations.  Henderson is a relatively young community and hosts some of the most technologically advanced water and sewer treatment facilities.  A highly competitive market for communications technology and the underlying infrastructure is making Henderson businesses some of the best connected in the country.  Commercial and industrial electrical rates in Henderson are among the best when compared against other major utilities in the desert southwest and California cities.

Utility Provider
City of Henderson          
City of Henderson
Natural Gas Southwest Gas
702-365-2191 (Economic Development)
Electricity NV Energy
702-402-5225 (Economic Development)

International Businesses

Henderson is part of a fast-growing international market connection and welcomes international businesses to consider the community for expansion or relocation projects.  Major trade shows and conventions hosted in Southern Nevada bring millions of convention delegates and buyers to the area every year.

Foreign Trade Zone #89 operates through a variety of sites in Southern Nevada, including Henderson, offering potential advantages for firms involved in the import or export of foreign and domestic merchandise.