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Checking county’s vitals

Staff Reports
Kurt Hildebrand

In the middle of the Great Recession, Douglas County officials came together to come up with ways to strengthen the county’s economy.

Focusing on those things that make the county different, they determined a dozen projects.

On Tuesday, the public is invited to review the progress made on implementing the plan at the Douglas County Economic Vitality Showcase 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

A brief presentation will be made at 5:30 p.m.

The event, which is set in an open house format, is designed to give businesses, residents, and community members the opportunity to learn more about the many projects under way and progress made since the plan’s adoption in September 2010.

The projects, based on public-private-nonprofit partnerships, focus in three areas: revitalizing historic downtowns, capitalizing on outdoor recreation and lifestyle, and improving innovation, education and workforce.

“We are really seeing results from many of our project teams,” said Douglas County Commission Chairman Greg Lynn. “Since the plan’s kick-off, a net of eight new businesses located in Genoa and 38 in Main Street Gardnerville. Twenty new miles of multiuse trails were added including the new Genoa Vista Trail and the first phase of the new Stateline Trail.

“At the Minden-Tahoe Airport, there are two new businesses, four expansions and 21 additional employees. And, of course, it was one of our project teams that identified a site and funding for the soon-to-be constructed Community & Senior Center.”

Showcase attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the many ways they can become involved in activities and nonprofits that support the work of the project teams and implementation of the plan. Economic Vitality project champions and team members will be on hand to showcase their progress and answer questions.

Douglas County Job Development coordinators and other economic development partner organizations will be at the event to discuss their business and economic related activities and services. Those include the Business Council of Douglas County, Business Resource Innovation Center, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, Connect Nevada, Nevada Industry Excellence, Nevada Small Business Development Center, Northern Nevada Development Authority, Service Corps of Retired Executives, Western Nevada Development District, Western Nevada College, USDA Rural Development, U.S. Small Businesses Administration, and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.

The event is free to the public. Those who plan to attend to should RSVP to the County Manager’s Office at (775) 782-9821, or