New Extension Educator named for Eureka County
Steinmann brings strong economic development background to community
Fred Steinmann, who recently completed his Doctorate of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California, is joining University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) as the new Extension Educator for Eureka County.
UNCE Central/ Northeast Area Director Loretta Singletary said Steinmann brings a strong background in economic development to his new job. He has taught courses in urban planning, public administration, public policy and environmental policy at UNR, and Singletary said his research has focused on state gaming tax revenue, economic development planning, urban revitalization and the state’s fiscal system.
Singletary also noted that Steinmann has deep rural roots. He was born in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada and was raised in Morinville, Alberta Canada, a small farming community.
"Fred has outstanding experience and brings a wealth of knowledge to Eureka," Singletary said. "As towns in rural Nevada explore ways to shore up and diversify their economies, people with the breadth of knowledge Fred has will be indispensible."
Steinmann said he was excited to work in Eureka, a county he says has "amazing potential and opportunity."
"Eureka County has invested heavily in a wide variety of areas related to community and economic development, and I look forward to working alongside members of the community in continuing this work," Steinmann said. "Given all the changes that Eureka County currently faces, there is tremendous potential in Eureka County to advance the understanding of community and economic development through applied and practical research and community participation.
"I’m looking forward to working with all groups in Eureka County, including local officials, farmers, ranchers, mining, youth and others," he said.
Cooperative Extension has 18 offices serving every county in Nevada. The Extension Educators working in each of those offices play a key role in identifying community needs and addressing those needs with research-based programs. UNCE’s role is to extend knowledge from UNR and other land-grant universities directly to the state’s citizens.
Steinmann is already familiar with various economic development efforts in Nevada. He has worked on a number of projects with the Nevada Small Business Development Center at UNR, and he serves on the Advisory Board for Nevada Business Connections. He’s a member of the Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association, the American Planning Association, the American Society of Public Administration, and the International Economic Development Council.