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Critical issue 1998: Douglas economy

by Andy Bourelle

Economics is the focus of the 1998 Business Council of Douglas County’s Sixth Annual Critical Issues Conference, scheduled for June 25.

“I think it’s an exceptional, well-rounded program, and an opportunity for a tremendous amount of information to be shared,” said Sandy Cable, executive director of the business council.

The conference – titled Gateway to the Future: The Douglas County Economy – will focus on economic issues in Douglas County. Speakers will cover a variety of topics, including retail and manufacturing development, redevelopment, tourism, taxes and policies affecting business development.

In addition to county residents, Cable said, the business council always brings in outside experts for the critical issues conferences.

This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Reed, dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Other speakers include Mike Clark, economist with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation; Mary Walker, director of finance and redevelopment for Carson City; Gary Horton, state water planning economist and economic and financial consultant to Comstock Bank; Bill Henderson, director of sales and marketing for the Carson Valley Inn; Lew Feldman, of Stateline Redevelopment Partnerships; Stan Hansen, vice president of planning and government affairs for Heavenly Ski Resort; and Skip Sayre, marketing liaison for the Tahoe-Douglas Visitors Authority.

During the morning session, a panel discussion will be held regarding manufacturing and retail development. Panel members will include Robert Shriver, director of the Nevada Commission on Economic Development; Mary Lau, executive director of Retail Association of Nevada; Chris Barrett, economic development liaison for Sierra Pacific Power; Ray Bacon, executive director of Nevada Manufacturer’s Association; and Fred Jones, economic development liaison for Douglas County.

“The conference is planned to bring as much information on all aspects of the economy as possible,” Cable said.

Critical issues conferences in past years have been big successes, according to Cable. Each year, the conference focuses on one important county issue, and last year’s conference on the Minden-Tahoe Airport drew in more than 125 people.

The conference will be held at the Carson Valley Inn, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The cost is $45, and registration forms can be obtained by calling the business council at 782-6715.

“The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum to educate, inform and bring a level of awareness that allows informed decision making at both the private and public sector levels,” Cable said.

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