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Nominations now open for inaugural Existing Industry Awards



edawn-7132779-4366145Nominations are now open for the inaugural Existing Industry Awards hosted by the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN).  Awards will recognize primary employers,  companies with the majority of their customers outside the region, doing business in Northern Nevada. Nominations for  the “Company of the Year” award and other honoree categories are due by Friday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m.

The Existing Industry Awards serve to recognize primary companies in Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe which have made valuable contributions to the community through business growth and expansion –adding high-quality jobs or increasing capital expenditure. The awards, which will be given to one small (50 employees or less) and one large company (51 employees or more) in every category, also identify companies going above and beyond to “Think Local,” reduce carbon footprint and place high priority on corporate citizenship.

“It is important to take time to celebrate and recognize the success and accomplishments of the many outstanding companies that make up the backbone of our regional economy – our existing primary employers,”   said Mike Kazmierksi, president and CEO of EDAWN. “These companies drive our economy, and their success and growth will determine the economic future of our region.  As a community we want to thank them and let them know we appreciate their efforts.”

Nominations will be accepted from individuals, companies, community partners and an EDAWN partner nominating committee. Companies eligible for nomination are primary employers doing business in Washoe County, Storey County or Fernley. The “Company of the Year” must fall into one of EDAWN’s target industries: Aerospace/Aviation/Defense, Back Office/Business Support, Clean Energy/Geothermal, Distribution/Logistics, Financial and Intangible Assets, eCommerce Fulfillment, Manufacturing and headquarter operations in any industry. Click here for a nomination form, complete awards criteria and more information on the awards process.  Winning companies can expect notification by September 26, 2012.

The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. The cost for the event is $20 for EDAWN investors and $25 for non-investors. Attendees can register in advance on the EDAWN website at www.edawn.org/about-edawn/events. For more information contact Nancy McCormick, vice president of business retention, expansion and workforce development, at 775.829.3719 or [email protected].

EDAWN is a private, non-profit corporation founded by community leaders in 1982. It 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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