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2012 Press Release Archives

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GBC Career and Technical Education programs win additional accreditation
October 31, 2012 Elko Daily Free Press

Future of Wells Workshop
October 5, 2012, The Wells Progress

Newmont wins national award
September 27, 2012 Marianne Kobak McKown, Elko Daily Free Press

LCA Architects open new office on Fifth Street
September 22, 2012, John Rasche, Elko Daily Free Press

City eyes five areas for growth potential
September 15, 2012, John Rasche, Elko Daily Free Press

Railport helping to diversify economy
Septermber 14, 2012, Dylan Woolf Harris, Elko Daily Free Press

“Supply Chain” group conntects with mines
September 14, 2012, John Rasche, Elko Daily Free Press

RAM hosts open house for new facility
September 10, 2012, John Rasche, Elko Daily Free Press

Shopping plaza makeover: Construction still under way for renovation
July 28, 2012, Heather Kennison, Elko Daily Free Press

Ground breaking scheduled for National Guard facility
July 28, 2012, Heather Kennison, Elko Daily Free Press

Moving mines provides windfall for Coach America
June 25, 2012 Rob Sabo, Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Elko leaders make pitch for investments to deal with growth
June 4, 2012 Rob Sabo, Northern Nevada Business Weekly

As area grows, Elko leaders seek help
May 31, 2012 Bill O’Driscoll, Reno Gazette Journal

Reno economic summit to promote Elko region
May 26, 2012 Adella Harding, Elko Daily Free Press

New owner at Elko Shopping Plaza
May 5, 2012 Andrea Glover, Elko Daily Free Press

Real Deals posts record sales figures
April 12, 2012 Andrea Glover, Elko Daily Free Press

Elko County second healthiest in state
April 4, 2012 Associated Press

Workshop offers “low-hanging fruit”
March 31, 2012 Adella Harding, Elko Daily Free Press

Scenario Planning Workshop under way
March 30, 2012 Adella Harding, Elko Daily Free Press

Natives bring home docor store to Elko
March 24, 2012 Andrea Glover, Elko Daily Free Press

Record breaking turnout surprises Ross’ management
March 17, 2012 Andrea Glover, Elko Daily Free Press

Elko- A great place to go shopping
March 16, 2012 Editorial Board, Elko Daily Free Press

A new million dollar city hall was dedicated in downtown Wells on Feb.21.
March 12, 2012 Elaine Swanson, Correspondent, Elko Daily Free Press

4R Recycling proposes to operate the Blue Bin
March 2, 2012 The Wells Progress

Ross, Maurices open Saturday
March 2, 2012 Andrea Glover, Elko Daily Free Press

Getting hired can be hard work
February 29, 2012 Adella Harding, Elko Daily Free Press

FedEx Buys land in City’s Industrial Park
February 24- March 1, 2012, Wendover Times

GBC celebrate 18 years of partnership offering students accelerated degerees
February 22, 2012 Elko Daily Free Press

Spring Creek career project
February 22, 2012 Elko Daily Free Press

2011 Press Release Archives

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Railport growth remains strong
December 28, 2011, Andrea Glover, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

Shoppers Have more options with new stores
December 28, 2011, Andrea Glover, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

Elko retail success draws national attention
November 29, 2011, Andrea Glover, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

Downtown makeover begins
October 24, 2011, Rob Sabo, Northern Nevada Business Weekly

RAM breaks gorund for $4.5M headquarters
October 12, 2011, Adella Harding, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

Local Jo-Ann Fabrics draws national focus
October 10, 2011, Andrea Glover, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

Housing market contrasts with remainder of state
October 1, 2011, Andrea Glover, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

AT&T talks potential merger
August 19, 2011, Danielle Switalski, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

Planning for the future
July 29, 2011, Danielle Switalski, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

Ruby Pipeline flowing- Natural gas goes through Elko County
July 29, 2011, Danielle Switalski, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

New stores filling up shopping center
July 29, 2011, Danielle Switalski, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

School officials on board for Dream It, Do it
Februay 2, 2011, Danielle Switalski, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

2010 Press Release Archives

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Nevada Economy: Sandoval hunts for business
November 29, 2010, Ed Vogel, Las Vegas Review-Journal Capital Bureau

Railport boosting jobs, employer base
October 25, 2010, Rob Sabo, Northern Nevada Business Weekly

ECEDA will discuss railport
October 5, 2010 Julie Wootton, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

SAS Global to celebrate ground breaking
September 4, 2010, Danielle Switalski, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

Carlin prepared to grow by leaps and bounds
July 30, 2010, John Pfeifer, Jeffrey Mullins and Marianne Kobak, Elko Daily Free Press Editorial Board

Regional recycler
July 26, 2010, Rob Sabo, Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Carlin oks major housing development
July 24, 2010, Lisa J Wolf, Correspondent, Elko Daily Free Press 

Gibbons reappoints Myers to NCED
June 15, 2010, Elko Daily Free Press 

Elko’s gateway to economic diversification
March 10, 2010, Julie Wootton, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

Pipe rolls into railport
March 6, 2010, Ali Helgoth, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press 

Regional railport ribbon cutting Tuesday
March 4, 2010,  Ali Helgoth, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press 

First train arrives at railport
February 19, 2010,  Ali Helgoth, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press 

Elko Junction revitalizatin New owners to upgrade cinema, bring in business
February 17, 2010,  Ali Helgoth, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press 

Au naturel heat
January 25, 2010, Rob Sabo, Northern Nevada Business Weekly

County’s population increased 1.5 percent 
January 6, 2010, Julie Wootton, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

Planning for the Future

Danielle Switalski, Staff Writer, Elko Daily Free Press

ELKO —The future of Elko County was up for discussion at the annual Elko County Economic Diversification Authority retreat and workshop.
Guest speakers Juliet Fox and David Buerle from Innovative Leadership returned to Elko to host the discussion after leading the Summit of Mining Communities in April.
The speakers specialize in helping resource-based communities stay afloat should the resource industry go away. They work all over the globe and are currently helping Winnemucca plan a survival strategy once the gold industry dissipates from the area.

Executive director of ECEDA Pam Borda said the goal of the workshop was for the speakers to help the county’s stakeholders brainstorm and plan for the future.

“What will we look like 25 years from now?” Borda asked, addressing ECEDA board members at the Wednesday workshop, including county, city, mining and business representatives.

The speakers presented their research to the board depicting what is occurring on a global level that may soon impact everything from energy to the way business is managed, trickling down to rural communities. Buerle said it is crucial to be prepared for global changes in technology, population, GDP, and China and India becoming work force powerhouses.

“We are going into a period of the most profound game-changing events and as leaders in a community we have a responsibility to position ourselves for stuff coming at us,” Buerle said, urging those in the room to think about will be best for Elko County.

The workshop was meant to get the group thinking of what the biggest challenges and opportunities are for Elko County. They also discussed strategies to keep the county afloat once the mining industry ceases to exist.

Elko County Commissioner Charlie Myers said building infrastructure, water rights and a trained work force are three elements needed to sustain the county.

One factor that must be countered is apathy, Borda said. “We can’t just sit back, we have to step up and go after it. We also need diversification because we are so dependent on mining and mining support it’s scary.”

Buerle said global changes do not have to be negative. The county could take advantage of changes, such as a need for renewable energy and natural resources. He said it is necessary for the leaders in the community to work together to plan for the future.

“We are in this period of rapidly increasing change and we can’t put out heads in the sand,” Fox said. “We have to get on our games here because it’s coming at us.”

Specific elements members of the community can begin to think about when preparing for the future revolve around the energy revolution. Borda said Elko County has a high rating for potential renewable energy sources, which could bring a non-mining industry to the area. Second, with a growing population, Buerle said water has the potential to become a precious resource, something this region can provide.

“We have a lot of land mass and have a lot of water compared to most, so we are very livable here and there is a quality of life attractiveness about this area,” Borda said. She said another economic opportunity important to pursue and expand upon for sustainability is transportation. Because Elko is situated in a central location, Borda suggested capitalizing on the transportation industry as a way to diversify the county.

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