County gives funding increase to NNDA |

County gives funding increase to NNDA

Lorna McDaniel

County commissioners approved a request by the Northern Nevada Development Authority Thursday for increased funding from $1,000 to $10,000 with the knowledge that half the money would be considered for the salary of a public business liaison.

The Business Council of Douglas County prompted the commission to approve the funding request as the NNDA would give a $5,000 grant to the council for the hiring of the liaison.

The proposed liaison would help to encourage new business considering moving to the county by bringing obstacles to the attention of the county, said Mary Davis, chair of the council’s business resource group.

She said that according to a survey of 14 companies that considered moving to Douglas County and moved elsewhere, small business complained that the county was not business-friendly and large businesses disagreed with the potential for new taxes and poor road maintenance systems.

She said a semi-retired person would best suit the position that would be part-time up to nine months a year.

She then requested that the commission support an additional $5,000 to fund the position and the council would match those funds from the private sector.

“It would be merging of the private sector and the public,” she said.

The council’s additional $5,000 request was approved to be put on the agenda of the commission’s April 3 meeting.

The NNDA is a non-profit marketing and business development organization that promotes economic diversification in Northern Nevada.

Its objectives include is to recruit and assist new businesses, coordinate and participate in existing business retention and expansion programs, and develop of enhance special interest business committees.