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The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada

Our Mission

The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) is a private/public partnership established in 1983, committed to adding quality jobs to the region by recruiting new companies, supporting the success of existing companies, and assisting newly forming companies, to diversify the economy and have a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater Reno-Sparks.

Our Focus

EDAWN is focused on assisting primary companies that produce goods and services in Greater Reno-Sparks and exports the majority  of those goods and services, bringing in “new” money into the community.

Our Role

We assist new companies interested in relocating to the area or existing company expansions by providing the following services:

  • Real estate selection
  • Permitting, licensing
  • Data sourcing
  • Public relations
  • Access to key community members
  • Access to workforce resources
  • Conduct competitive analysis
  • Secure State business incentives/tax abatements

EDAWN’s Strategic Plan

As part of EDAWN’s role in ReCharge Nevada’s efforts to continue the region’s economic diversification, EDAWN has submitted a Three-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan to the State.

This plan reflects input from our economic development partners, stakeholders and several companies in our target industries:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Distribution, Logistics & E-Commerce
  • Back office, Business Support & Data Centers
  • Clean Energy
  • Financial & Tangible Assets
  • Aerospace, Aviation, Defense
  • Headquarters of any industry type
Strategic Plan Part 1
Strategic Plan Part 2
Strategic Plan Part 3

EDAWN Board of Trustees

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Mike Kazmierski

President and CEO


Pam Matteoni

Executive Assistant


Rae McElroy

Director of Finance and Human Resources


Tamera Pitts

Office Manager


Investor Relations & Events

Sheila Imsdahl

Vice President, Investor Relations & Events


Business Development

Stan Thomas

Executive Vice President, Business Development


Chris Ault, Jr.

Vice President, Business Development


Norma Yamaji

Manager, Business Development


Business Retention, Expansion, and Workforce

Nancy McCormick

Senior VP, Business Retention, Expansion & Workforce


Cynthia Egan

Manager, Business Retention & Expansion


Amy Fleming

Manager, Workforce Development