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LAS VEGAS --  A new report card from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks Nevada as one of the best states for job growth. The state ranks third in technical and engineering job growth.

The Tech Center at Summerlin's LINQ 360 started off with 14 small businesses in March. They've now grown to 20 businesses and plan to expand even further. They're one example of why Nevada ranks high in the report.

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David Liebner with Social Office Suite designs marketing for Nevada's resort companies. He's found a home at Summerlin's LINQ 360, an office center for emerging tech start-ups.

"From dirt to door, living here has just been really great compared to our other options like California or Austin," said Liebner.

"We've gone from three employees in '09 to seven now. We think we're probably going to be sitting in the next year or two with 35 employees," he said.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranked Nevada first in export growth, third in tech job growth and fifth in entrepreneurial activity. The chamber's report also highlighted Las Vegas' growing electronics manufacturing including Bally's Technologies and Foliot Furniture. But Nevada is having to start nearly from scratch in its diversified industries, leaving much room for improvement.

It's up to LINQ 360'S Scott Garrison to find a home for tech businesses interested in Nevada.  "If you look at the housing that you can live in. I tell people this all the time. Go to Palo Alto, go to the Silicon Valley or go to LA and look at the houses you can buy in Nevada."

From Norwegian based Cenium, to Texas based Symon, more than a dozen small companies are designing the technologies they hope will be the next big thing in the hospitality industry.

"Symon Communications took a look at Nevada about five years ago. We were seeing a hospitality growth and also digital sign growth within this market and other markets. We took the opportunity and saw that it was a great benefit and advantageous for Symon to actually move into this area," said Brent Vincent, Symon Communications.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also mentioned Nevada's international trade representatives bringing in foreign trade. The state is looking to expand its network to Spain and the United Kingdom.

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