Growth organizations report major donors

Douglas County's Coalition for Smart Growth collected more than $78,000 for its cause over the last year, the majority of that funding from businesses, developers and real estate organizations, according to information filed with the Secretary of State's office in January.

Developers Eagle Ridge at Genoa and The Ranch at Gardnerville contributed $10,000 each, as did Western Nevada Supply Co. in Reno, wholesale distributors of plumbing, heating and other construction-related products.

Bing Construction and Lake Tahoe Gaming alliance in Stateline contributed $5,000 each, as did developer Peter Beekhof and Village at Monte Vista Inc. in Minden.

Ranchers Jon and Paula Corley contributed $1,000 to the cause.

A political action committee formed in June 2006, the Coalition for Smart Growth, supports a residential growth cap consistent with the master plan and development that complements and strengthens Douglas County's economy according to their Web site.

Their fundraising efforts have outstripped those of the Sustainable Growth Initiative Committee, a group dedicated to preserving Douglas County's rural character, water resources and quality of life.

The coffers of the committee are more modest, a total of $13,629, most of the money coming in increments ranging from $100 to $500.

Rick and Jean Kester of Gardnerville donated $250. James and Agnes Golden of Minden contributed another $250 and Terese Angwin of Minden, added $500.

Sustainable Growth's spending, a total of $17,477, outpaced its fundraising efforts by almost $4,000, according to the report filed at the Secretary of State's office.

-- Susie Vasquez can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 211.


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