RENO — The Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC) announced this week that its 13th Annual Global Gala will be held March 30 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Highlighting the evening will be the awarding of its inaugural Corporate Global Citizen Award.
“We seek to recognize a local institution or company for its vision as a global citizen and how their vision impacts our community and our economy,” said NNIC’s Executive Director, Carina Black. “We know there are dozens of local businesses, non-profits and educational institutions creating connections with global markets, building partnerships around the world and helping to diversify northern Nevada’s economy. We want to shine a spotlight on one of those entities for their leadership.”
Nomination forms, due by Feb. 14, are accessible on NNIC’s web site, www.nnic.org. A panel of judges will review the submissions and an announcement of the honoree will be made on Feb. 21. The organization will be showcased at the Gala.
“We are delighted that First Lady Kathleen Sandoval has agreed to serve as honorary chair for this event,” said Paul Dugan, chairman of the Gala organizing committee and an NNIC Board member. “We will showcase Reno’s cultural and culinary delights, have a silent auction with an international flair and, for the first time, recognize a Corporate Global Citizen.”
In discussing the background for the first-ever Corporate Global Citizen Award, both Black and Dugan pointed to a recent report from Brookings Mountain West and SRI International commissioned by the state. The report, entitled “Unify. Regionalize. Diversify. An Economic Development Agenda For Nevada,” points to the need for Nevada to “expand global engagement particularly with rising nations. Global engagement matters because Nevada firms sell their goods and services in an increasingly globalized market.”
“There are already businesses and other organizations in northern Nevada responding to that call and we want to find one champion to recognize,” Black said.
For more information visit www.nnic.org or call 784-7515.