Gov. Brian Sandoval wants $5 million to support the state's application to be a center for drone development in the U.S.
The Federal Aviation Administration asked for applications in February. It is looking for six places to develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for commercial use.
Boulder City is one of four places around the state that could be used as a testing site, others include: Desert Rock, near the former Nevada Test Site; Stead, north of Reno; and Fallon Naval Air Station.
Sandoval announced plans Friday to propose a budget amendment setting aside $5 million to support Nevada's application.
The governor said if the state is selected it would bring thousands of jobs, generate millions in tax revenue and have an economic impact of $2.5 billion.
Nevada has hosted military drone operations for several years. Sandoval pointed to that, the state's military air space and dry climate as reasons Nevada should be chosen for the program.