Consultant Connect, a national consulting firm for economic developers and site selection consultants, has recently named Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) Chief Operating Officer Jared Smith to its 2022 North America's Top-50 Economic Developers List.
Smith joined LVGEA in 2016 to lead the organization's operations team. He also heads the Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) and leads the organization’s partnership with Vegas Chamber for its annual DC Fly-in event. During Smith’s tenure at LVGEA, the organization has broken its annual job creation record twice and pivoted to respond to the community’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Smith also led the release of two Workforce Blueprint research publications.
“To be nominated by and recognized among thousands of my peer economic developers and consultants is the highest of honors,” said Smith. “It’s especially an honor because this recognition is based on the mutual respect of peers for hard work and outcomes.”
Smith has a BA from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and an Honorary Commander for Nellis Air Force Base.