I live in Las Vegas, so that kills one problem. Their are over 50 gaming companies where I live.
Where did you get this number from? Does it include gaming in the gambling sense? That might be a viable way to get some experience, but it isn't direct industry experience.
Does it include 1 man indies such as yourself?
Not to offend anyone working out of Las Vegas, but I think Petroglyph is the only major studio in the area.