Guinn to speak Jan. 14 |

Guinn to speak Jan. 14

Sheila Gardner

Republican gubernatorial frontrunner Kenny Guinn will be the speaker Jan. 14 for the Business Council of Douglas County meeting, addressing economic diversification issues in Nevada.

“I am absolutely thrilled,” said Sandy Cable, Business Council executive director. “As a nonpartisan organization, we’re not bringing him in because he is the Republican candidate, we’re bringing him in because of his immense background in business and education.

“He’s worked with two major banks, major development companies in Clark County and in the county school system and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He can talk about what’s happening in economic diversification and what needs to happen.”

Cable said Guinn’s presentation before the Business Council will enable participants to have a one-on-one opportunity with the man who many believe will be the next Nevada governor.

“This will be very, very good for a smaller crowd,” she said. “Because of our space limitations, we usually get 40 to 50 people. Mr. Guinn will speak, answer questions and just talk to people about economic development issues, taxation and how that all fits into Douglas County.”

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy Restaurant in Gardnerville with refreshments. Guinn will speak at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Guinn served as Clark County School District superintendent from 1969 to 1978. In 1978 he joined PriMerit Bank as administrative vice president. He became president and chief operating officer in 1980, chief executive officer in 1986 and chairman of the board in 1987. In 1994, he became president of University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

He is chairman and trustee of the Nevada Gaming Foundation for Educational Excellence and has served as chairman and director of Southwest Gas Corp. He also served as a director for Norwest Bank, Boyd Gaming Corp. and Oasis Residential, Inc.

Despite Guinn’s ties to southern Nevada, Cable thinks he is well-qualified to address issues in Douglas County and Northern Nevada.

“He has a broad base and understanding of issues that affect all of Nevada,” Cable said.

“I would like him to talk about the overall relationship of gaming to Nevada taxation. I know he has the numbers for gaming in taxation in Douglas County,” she said. “I would like him to address that issue, particularly with the slip in gaming in northwestern Nevada.

“I’d like him to address some of the issues relative to taxation and the redistribution of taxes, what he perceives could be done to assist Douglas County and Northern Nevada to diversify our economy,” she added. “We just can’t seem to get businesses here. What does he think needs to be done to help local officials and groups like ourselves and the Chamber.”

For information, contact Cable at 782-6715.