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No Nike news

Andy Bourelle

The question of whether or not Douglas County is still in the running for the new Nike facility scheduled to be built after 2000 should be answered sometime early in 1998, according to the estimates of Bob Shriver, executive director of the Nevada Commission on Economic Development.

Nike had been planning to have the list of possible sites narrowed down to one or two jurisdictions by Dec. 15, but announced yesterday the self-imposed deadline would be extended.

“They had made an internal decision to narrow the sites down by Dec. 15,” Shriver said, “but we got word that was not going to happen.”

Nike officials came to the Carson Valley in August, considering it among many places in Nevada and other western states as a possible location for a large, multi-use office complex to be built around 2003 or 2005, which could employ up to 5,000 people. The group gathered information for comparison with other potential locations in Washington, Colorado, New Mexico and British Columbia.

“We were told we were still in the running – just like everybody else,” Shriver said.

Now, no date has been set for when an announcement will be made.

“We have learned a lot in the process, which has taken longer than expected,” said Lee Weinstein, Nike public relations director. “We have some further research to do and are under no self-imposed deadline to conclude our selection process. It’s also entirely possible we will expand the jurisdictions we are looking at if we are unableto find a suitable site.

County Manager Dan Holler said the county has not heard from Nike recently.

“I have not heard anything in the past several months,” Holler said.