Critical Issues Conference scheduled for Sept. 27 |

Critical Issues Conference scheduled for Sept. 27

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The Business Council of Douglas County is hosting its 18th annual Critical Issues Conference 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 27 at Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Members and community leaders will come together to network, learn, plan and grow. Learn what 2013 holds for the Nevada economy and local businesses.

Jim Rounds is returning as keynote presenter. He is the senior vice president and senior economist with Elliott D. Pollack and Co.

Rounds specializes in preparing economic analyses for both public and private sector organizations, including economic overviews related to the national and state economies. He has expertise in matters of economics, finance, rural and urban economic development, public policy, taxation, real estate and litigation. He has written and co-authored a number of economic articles.

The annual tradition will continue with the appearances of U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and U.S. Congressman Mark Amodei; both lawmakers will share their views on the 2013 economy in Nevada.

Bobbi Thompson, manager of the Minden-Tahoe Airport, will detail the positive changes and growth since she has taken over.

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The investments and upgrades coming to Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood and Northstar will be presented by Vail Resorts President Blaise Carrig.

Other hot topics include the new Edgewood project at Lake Tahoe and the future of the Horizon property, as well as tourism planning for Stateline.

Sam Shad of Nevada Newsmakers will be moderating the event. Cost is $55. Seating is limited.

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Carson Valley Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer Bill Hale has announced his retirement effective Friday.

Hale has served as CVMC’s CEO since 2008. Prior to that, he served in various management positions at other healthcare organizations and actually came out of retirement to take the position as CEO of CVMC.

“We were extremely grateful to Bill then for his willingness to come out of retirement and help steer the direction of Carson Valley Medical Center,” stated a member of the CVMC board of directors. “We thank him now for his years of service and the progress he brought to both our hospital and our community. We wish him well in his retirement.”

The board is actively seeking a new CEO for the hospital, which is one of the largest employers in the Valley.

The Greater Genoa Business Association recently donated $418.50 to Austin’s House.

The money was generated during the association’s Sweet Sippin’ Sunday event in August.

“During this event, it’s a great time for people to come out and help out a local charity,” said Christine Cole of Genoa Trading Co. “Austin’s House was very pleased with the donation and appreciated everyone that came out in support of the organization.”

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