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Successful local entrepreneur showcased at Healthy Communities Coalition’s monthly meeting


kassie with flowersHEALTHY COMMUNITIES COALITION NEWS RELEASE – The nonprofit Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey will hold its monthly public meeting on Thursday, October 10, at 9:00 a.m. at the Silver Springs Community Center at 2945 Fort Churchill Street.

This month’s featured speaker is innovative entrepreneur Kassie Mohler, a graduate of Silver Stage High and Truckee Meadows College. Kassie’s business Abandoned Treasures was recently recognized as having Dayton’s “Best Start Up Business Strategy” for 2013 by the Nevada Appeal and Dayton Chamber of Commerce. Kassie will describe the steps she took in high school and college that led to her business success. At age 20, she already owns stores in both Dayton and Silver Springs.

In addition, speakers from Western Nevada Development District, USDA Rural Development, and Community Chest will give updates on key economic development and workforce development strategies in the region, including: the new Buy Local Rural Nevada campaign, the upcoming Rural Nevada Summit and Stronger Economies Together Reconvening, and Comstock Youth Works job skills programs.

Several speakers will describe programs that are boosting college and technical career and K-12 success in the region. Jessica Angle will describe the GEAR UP college bound program and the Parent University events in Lyon County schools. Shaun Griffin, director of Community Chest, Inc., will give updates on the Lyon/Storey Classroom on Wheels preschool program (COW Bus). Pam Abercrombie will describe the development of the new community library in Storey County and how it benefits residents.

The meeting will also include updates and discussion on a new school-based health hub, the youth leadership Stand Tall teams in all high schools in Lyon and Storey, Nevada’s new Cottage Food Industries law and Volunteer Health Care Services Act, and on the Coalition’s healthy food hub strategies, such as the Silver Stage Food Co-Op, school and community gardens, farmers markets, volunteer-powered pantries, teen garden internships, and the Community Roots garden center.

For more information about the Coalition meetings, please contact Quest Lakes at 775-287-7598.

The coalition’s monthly public meetings include discussion and collaborative, multi-sector strategic planning on issues of regional importance that impact residents’ quality of life. Meetings include updates from Coalition community volunteers and from local, state, federal and tribal group partners. Meetings also include Coalition staff reports on work to increase access to health care services, good nutrition, and to arts, job training and education.

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