Office of Workforce Innovation (OWINN)


Phone: (702) 486-2500

Manny Lamarre, Director

Zachary Heit, Program Officer

Office of Workforce Innovation
Office of the Governor, State of Nevada

    Director’s Message

    Dear Fellow Nevadans,

      In 2008, the United States witnessed the worse economic downturn since the Great Depression. No other state felt the impact of the nation’s “Great Recession” more than Nevadans. During these unprecedented times, the Silver State led the nation in unemployment, bankruptcies, and foreclosures.

        However, one of the state’s greatest assets is its resilience. The morning sun is rising quickly on the state as a result of Governor Sandoval and the Legislature’s leadership in making bold investments in Nevada’s future, focusing on education, economic development, and diversification across the state. Currently, “Nevada has the third fastest growing private sector employment in the nation, with a 3.8% growth rate” and, among other companies, has attracted the likes of Tesla and Faraday Future to the Silver State. Additionally, “Nevada has set records for six consecutive quarters for number of employers, increasing by 1.9% in the fourth quarter of 2015.”

          In 2016, Governor Sandoval signed Executive Order 2016-08 to continue to take significant action in diversifying the economy and creating high-quality jobs through the creation of the Office of Workforce Innovation (OWINN). Among many other objectives OWINN will provide leadership in creating career pathway strategies for Nevada in the fields of information technology, advanced manufacturing, education, and healthcare; apply for and administer grants; provide support to the Governor’s Workforce Development Board (‘State Board’) and industry sector councils; provide strategy in supporting the state in its implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014; and enhance collaboration and coordination among all entities engaged in workforce development.

            I look forward to humbly serving as the Director of the Office of Workforce Innovation within the Governor’s Office and engaging with youth, employers, and the community to create a skilled, diverse, and aligned workforce. As the Governor recently wrote in the WIOA Unified State Plan, “The pioneering spirit of exploration, optimism and opportunity will continue to define our efforts to create a New Nevada.” Thus, let us move forward prouder, stronger, and better to ensure Nevada’s long-term prosperity through economic development, education, and workforce development. 


              Manny Lamarre
              Director, Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation