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Speakers announced for Humboldt County’s annual economic outlook (sponsored)


Winnemucca Region Ready to Roar in 2020

Jan. 30, 2020 at Boys and Girls Club of Winnemucca

Winnemucca Futures will present 21 speakers who will share up-to-the minute information and trends on the Humboldt County region’s economic outlook and growth as we roar into 2020.

Winnemucca Futures is presented by the Humboldt Development Authority (HDA), the economic development agency formed by cooperative agreement between the City of Winnemucca and Humboldt County and produced by the Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority (NNRDA),

Winnemucca Futures 2020 is set for Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Boys and Girls Club of Winnemucca (1973 Whitworth Way, Winnemucca, Nev.) The format is a fast-paced series of panels featuring topics and speakers who will chart the year ahead. This year’s lineup:  

Government & Infrastructure

  • Alicia Heiser, City of Winnemucca Manager/Engineer
  • Dave Mendiola, Humboldt County Manager
  • Harold Gudmundsen, Owner, Performance Computing/PC Internet 

Education & Youth

  • Dave Jensen, Superintendent, Humboldt County School District 
  • Lisa Campbell, Director, Great Basin College Winnemucca Center
  • Chad Peters, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca                                                  

Workforce & Housing

  • Jan Morrison, Economic Development Officer, NNRDA
  • Denise Castle, Executive Director, JOIN, Inc.
  • Aaron West, Executive Director, Nevada Builders Alliance

Area Businesses

  • Ron Cerri, Owner, Rebel Creek Ranch & Humboldt County Commissioner
  • Johnny Hargrave, NV Energy Business Development
  • Demetria Gordon, Owner, Desert Design/Carpet One

Mining Industry

  • Andy Sholty, Underground Division Manager, Nevada Gold Mines (Turquoise Ridge)
  • Tracey Thom, VP Investor Relations, Hycroft Mining
  • Greg Gibson General Manager, SSR Mining – Marigold Mine

Cleantech & Renewable Energy

  • Joan Heredia Senior Manager Project Development, Con Edison Development
  • Jeff Neri Program Manager, Loon, LLC
  • Alexi Zawadzki CEO, Lithium Nevada Corporation

Economic Development Initiatives

  • Michael Brown, Executive Director, Governors Office of Economic Development   
  • Sheldon Mudd, Executive Director, NNRDA
  • Patrick Gray President, HDA Board of Directors

The event kicks off at the Boys and Girls Club of Winnemucca with networking, exhibits, and a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and wraps up by 12:30 p.m.

Registration is free. Visit the Winnemucca Futures tab at www.hdanv.org for a registration link. Details on the program and speakers will also be posted. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required so that the food and facilities will accommodate all.

“Winnemucca Futures 2020 will detail our region’s business and employment forecasts, initiatives to bolster our workforce training and attraction, along with unveiling exciting and innovative developments which will address current and future housing needs,” said Patrick Gray, Chairman of the Humboldt Development Authority Board. “Winnemucca Futures encourages community growth, shares business intelligence, and busts some of the myths about rural economic development.”

Winnemucca Futures 2020 is made possible by the following businesses:

  • Nevada Gold Mines — Founding Sponsor
  • NV Energy — Premier Sponsor


  • Nevada Builders Alliance
  • SSR Marigold Mining
  • Hycroft Mining Corporation
  • Performance Computing/PC Internet
  • Con Edison Development
  • Supporters
  • Southwest Gas
  • Lithium Americas
  • Humboldt Ford

About HDA and NNRDA

The Humboldt Development Authority with the Governor’s Office on Economic Development through the Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority (NNRDA). NNRDA represents a six-county region along Interstate 80 and US HWY 95 and is the third largest regional development authority in Nevada, covering over 50,000 square miles of opportunities.  For more information contact: Jan Morrison, Economic Development Officer Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority; [email protected] or (775) 217-0602

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