The first installment of The Columbian's "Getting to Growth" series kicks off the search for a path to recovery, in part, by showing how one company came back from the brink. Columbia Vista's example also sheds light on the broader challenges the county faces as it struggles to effectively position its land, labor and capital.
The great recession of 2008-10 left a huge hole in the Clark County labor market. Recoveries after financial meltdowns are notoriously slow. The purpose of this paper is not to predict how long it will take for Clark County to return to full employment, but rather to illustrate how long it might take under different employment growth rates.