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Company relocation expert to offer insight on regional strengths, weakness at EDAWN breakfast



edawn-8034567-3483816Dennis Donovan, a partner at worldwide site selection services firm Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting (WDGC), will share his perspective on the Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe region’s “locational competitiveness” and corporate site selection trends with local community and business leaders at a breakfast event co-sponsored by the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) on Tuesday, May 15, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in the Tuscany Ballroom.

Donovan, who specializes in global location strategy consulting for Fortune 500 companies such as Amerigroup and Verizon, spent time researching aspects of the greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe region based on “site selection” requirements and business advantages that large and mid-sized corporations look for when considering a relocation or expansion to a new market. Donovan plans to present his findings, impressions of how the area is viewed for business from an outsiders’ perspective, both positive and critical, and his knowledge on what is currently driving corporate location decisions to breakfast attendees.

“Dennis Donovan represents one of the largest site selection agencies in the country and his insights are important to our understanding of how we can more effectively promote our region to companies looking to expand or relocate,” said Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of EDAWN.

EDAWN’s strategic plan for increased external marketing and company attraction includes a focus on connecting with the top site consultant firms in the U.S., ensuring that the greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe region is accurately portrayed and is more likely to make the “short list” of the companies that are considering relocation or expansion in the United States.  WDGC boasts clientele from over 30 percent of the Fortune 500 companies.

Registration for the EDAWN breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Cost for EDAWN investors is $25 and cost for non-investors is $30. Those interested should register on or before Thursday, May 10, at www.edawn.org/about-edawn/events or contact Sheila Imsdahl at 775.829.3704 or [email protected] for more information.


EDAWN is a private, non-profit corporation founded by community leaders in 1982.  EDAWN works to recruit and expand quality companies that have a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe. In 2012 Nevada was named the No. 3 Most Business Friendly Tax Climate by the Tax Foundation and Reno was among the 50 “Best Places to Live” in BusinessWeek magazine. For more information, visit www.edawn.org.

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