July 27, 2022

Jared Smith has 15 years of economic development experience and led record-breaking job growth within the region


HENDERSON, Nev. (July 25, 2022) – The City of Henderson named Jared Smith as the City’s new Director of Economic Development and Tourism.

As Director, Smith will lead the advancement and implementation of the City of Henderson's economic development efforts through business recruitment, retention, and expansion.

“It truly is a privilege to join the City of Henderson and work alongside an astounding team committed to enhancing the City's economic vitality,” said Jared Smith. “I look forward to developing strong relationships with our existing business community while expanding our portfolio with new and innovative partnerships.”

Smith has a distinguished 15-year career in economic development and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. In this position, Smith led teams to break records in new job creation, spearheaded the largest federal economic development grant application in the region's history, and was Chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Group for Southern Nevada. 

He also served on the Board of Directors for Workforce Connections and as Honorary Commander in the Civic Leader program at Nellis Air Force Base.

Smith is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), an active member of the International Economic Development Council and named one of the 2022 Top 50 Economic Developers in North America by Consultant Connect.

“Jared’s extensive experience and success for leading business development and strategy are proven assets that will serve to strengthen our City’s economic diversification efforts,” said Henderson City Manager and CEO Richard Derrick.

Smith earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University, a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute from the University of Oklahoma.




Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with more than 332,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY and Liveability.com), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), one of the safest cities in America (Forbes, InsuranceProviders.com, Law Street Media, Movato.com), and a Bicycle Friendly Community (League of American Bicyclists), Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who choose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson … a place to call home. 



Maddie Skains 

Senior Public Information Officer | City of Henderson 


O: 702-267-4035 | C: 702-277-3836 


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