Issues conference tackles economic indicators |

Issues conference tackles economic indicators

Staff Reports
Master of Ceremonies for the Critical Issues Conference, Sam Shad, speaks about his recent trip to Washington D.C. last year in Minden.
Brad Coman |

The Business Council of Douglas County’s Hallmark event of the year, the annual Critical Issues Conference will convene 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29.

Each year the event attracts hundreds of Northern Nevada’s top thought leaders in the worlds of business, politics and media. This year’s agenda is highlighted by a keynote address from economist Mr. Jim Rounds who will present an analysis of Nevada’s current economic data and discuss what the indicators for Nevada and Douglas County are in the coming years. How many new jobs if any? How many new businesses? Will housing be needed? Will Douglas be affected by Northern Nevada growth and if so, how much and when? Jim has delivered hundreds of economic presentations and is regularly quoted on television, radio, and in printed media and will bring his focused analysis to the top leaders attending giving them a roadmap of 2017 and beyond.

Lance Gilman, principal and director of the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, last year shared the massive changes coming to Northern Nevada. This year he will give a full update on the progress on those projects as well as details on new things coming that are not even on your radar.

Most likely they will affect how business moves forward. We will also hear from local owners and why they are here.

The conference will also feature Mike Pegram, businessman with many endeavors including owner of Carson Valley Inn, Bodines and Sharkey’s. Attendees will be part of a candid conversation about Mr. Pegram’s investment in the area and possible plans for the future. One of the most successful businessmen in the community will share what you have always wanted to ask.

Rounding out the speaker roster, Douglas County Manager Larry Werner will share his thoughts on how the county will handle the pivotal changes coming, how county services will handle the coming years, all while respecting the rural character of the community. During this session, a live digital poll will be conducted and all attendees will participate on their smart phones with real time results to real time questions and challenges facing the community. The 20-year master plan survey that was conducted all summer has concluded and during this session, the results will be unveiled.

What are the community’s top priorities now vs. 20 years ago? Be the first to know. This will be a key presentation for business leaders to participate in.

The event has a record breaking 34 sponsors, topping again prior year successes running 21 years straight. Making the day high impact includes Sam Shad of Nevada Newsmakers, 40+ year veteran broadcaster for NBC-RENO and longtime MC of the event, giving every attendee a huge return for their investment.

The Business Council’s Annual conference is the highly regarded annual event that provides an environment for attendees to learn, share and network with some of the best minds in business taking away solutions. Learn from highly qualified thought leaders who will discuss the wide-scale pivots in the economy and explore risks and challenges. Join the who’s who of industry leaders and speakers on every aspect of the changing economy. Connect with the decision makers, regulators and exciting speakers at the only business conference devoted exclusively to Douglas County.

For more information visit or phone 790-1544 Exhibits will be open during breaks and meals during the program.