RENO — According to a recent survey of Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) member companies, the most frequently mentioned issue affecting businesses in the greater Reno-Tahoe region is workforce and the record unemployment rate.
EDAWN addresses the workforce topic when it kicks off its Business BUZZ economic series on Dec. 1 featuring Heath Morrison, superintendent of schools for the Washoe County School District (WCSD), who will present “K-12 Education and Economic Development” and how the WCSD is preparing a future workforce to meet the needs of a diversified business community. This forum will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tahoe Tower lobby at Renown Health.
Morrison will provide candid insight into a new strategic plan, “Envision WCSD 2015 — Investing in Our Future,” and other programs WCSD is implementing to try to reverse Nevada’s historically low high school graduation rate and develop a skilled workforce that supports regional business recruitment and expansion efforts. He also will discuss national education rankings, how Washoe County stacks up against other states and the impact that has on companies considering relocating to Reno-Tahoe.
“K-12 and higher education are interconnected with economic stability. You can’t have one without the other,” said Chuck Alvey, president and CEO of EDAWN. “Dr. Morrison and the school district are implementing new and innovative programs that will have a long-term positive impact on economic diversification and our ability to recruit companies to the area that may currently not think about Reno-Tahoe as a viable business location.”
The Business BUZZ is $15 for EDAWN members and $25 for non-members and includes a hosted reception sponsored by Renown Health. RSVP to Meghan Wagonseller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 829-3768. For more information, go to www.edawn.org.