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Nevada Stronger Economies Together

Nevada Stronger Economies Together

Stronger Economies Together (SET) is an exciting collaboration launched in 2010 by USDA Rural Development along with the nation's Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) and their land-grant university partners. The Stronger Economies Together Program (SET) is a strategic planning program designed to help communities in rural America to work together on a regional basis to develop strategic economic development plans based on current and emerging economic strengths in each region.

Partners in economic development in Nevada have now drafted a timeline to put SET into action in Nevada in 2012. To date, partners for the Nevada SET Executive Committee include --Tom Harris, UNR Center for Economic Development; Carl Dahlen, UNCE and Nevada Rural Development Council Director; Buddy Borden, UNCE; Des Craig, Governor's Office of Economic Development; Ron Radil and Mike Guss, Western Nevada Development District; Sarah Adler, David Foster, and Kelly Clark, USDA Rural Development; Lindsey Niedzielski, Connect Nevada, and Winnie Dowling, the UNR Small Business Development Center.

An initial workshop to explain SET and identify partners and interests was held Nov. 9-10, 2011, in Carson City. As a result, the 8-county Western Nevada Development District has agreed to host this innovative new planning program in 2012. The first recipients of the SET program are the eight counties of the Western Nevada Development District, which are Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing and Storey.

On Feb. 9, SET Partners met at the Capital to learn about the SET program curriculum. SET Partners will serve as experts and provide assistance with training modules.

On Feb. 16-17, 2012, USDA RD, in conjunction with Cooperative Extension, the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Western Nevada Development District held its inaugural SET workshop in Fallon.

The workshop in Fallon introduced the SET training modules and commenced the 6 to 8 month economic development process for the WNDD communities.

Thirty-five (35) hours of SET training will be delivered in the region, a process that guides the development of practical and viable regional economic development strategies. Much of this training involves actual hands-on work on the regional plan by team members.

Each region receives tailored economic analyses describing the region's current and emerging clusters and its comparative economic advantages.

To supplement the SET training, each region will receive some targeted technical assistance to help them launch their plans.

Experiences and insights will be shared among the regions and the State Partner Teams on this website.

If you want to learn more about this effort in Nevada, contact the following:

Tom Harris, Foundation Professor and Director
UNR Center for Economic Development

Des Craig
Governor's Office of Economic Development

David Foster
USDA Rural Development

Ron Radil, Executive Director
Western Nevada Development District

Buddy Borden
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Carl Dahlen
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

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