Even as the Las Vegas economy recovered from the Great Recession, Ed Vance and his architecture firm survived almost solely on the business from the Lucky Dragon. For two years during the project, Vance said projects were relatively hard to come by as developers weren’t quick to pull the trigger.
Vance is adamant that all changed with the 2016 election. Since the election, Ed Vance & Associates Architects has been inundated with projects. In the quarter following the last presidential election, Vance said he had four major office building projects and two more since then.
“Since the election we’ve been over the moon,” Vance said. “It seems like since 2016, everybody pulled their thumbs out of the damn.”
The work has provided Ed Vance & Associates enough revenue to build a new office out of cash flow.
Chris Lovett, owner of Revolution Engineering, has similar sentiments when it comes to the steady stream of business coming in to his firm. Lovett left the Valley for several years before returning to Las Vegas in 2014.
“The last couple of years, to me, has been increasing,” Lovett said. “When I came back, things were still kind of, not scarce, but there was some hesitation to pull the trigger on projects. You’d hear about something, but no one would push forward. Now, I don’t see that as much in the last two or three years.”