Business Retention | Expansion

Happy Holidays from the EDAWN Team! On behalf of the EDAWN Board of Trustees and staff, we wish you the very best this holiday season. We are excited about the progress we’ve made over the past year: more than 2,100 new quality jobs; the attraction of 15 new corporate headquarters; with a 38% increase in the average wage of assisted companies over the past two years. With a full pipeline and some significant announcements planned, 2019 looks like it is setting up to be another great year!
**EDAWN’s new address** as of December 19, 2018: 401 Ryland Street, Ste. 101, Reno, NV 89502
There were plenty of great achievements by existing Northern Nevada companies in 2018! Here’s a quick recap! The EDAWN team celebrated expansions for local companies: Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, US Ordnance, and Arconic Fasteners and Rings, and also celebrated grand openings and launches for the Panasonic Reno Recruiting Center, Horiba’s new Reno facility, Elemental LED, and Mary’s Gone Crackers. Primary companies visited by EDAWN reported 281 jobs added in the past year, not including the creation of jobs by newly located companies. Elemental LED Inc. and Rubik Environmental were named Company of the Year (large and small respectively) in the annual EDAWN Existing Industry Awards. Go here for more information.
Other noteworthy awards for 2018 included Noble Studios, named NCET’s Technology Company of the Year award and Breadware, named Technology Startup of the Year. There were also a number of Primary Employers who won top honors as Best Places to Work including CustomInk, Server Technology, and Healing Health Care Systems. A number of great non-primary companies recognized in the past year by the Small Business Administration included: Sup-Family Owned Small Business of the Year Reno; Microenterprise Business of the Year: Craft Wine & Beer, Reno; and Rural Small Business of the Year Royal Floors, Fernley. Congratulations and thank you to all the existing companies in the region who are the foundation of our local economy!

Workforce Updates

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Employers are encouraged to attend “Work Smart Nevada – Careers for a New Economy” hosted by ACT and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Western Nevada College in Carson City. The purpose of the conference is to create connections between K-12, post-secondary, and workforce development. Registration is FREE! View the agenda and REGISTER.
For companies interested in hiring UNR Spring Graduates and Interns register for the UNR Spring Career & Internship Expo on February 14, 2019 on Handshake recruiting system.
Just a reminder to post your jobs on Nevada JobConnect, the statewide network that connects business with employees. Contact your local JobConnect office now!

Partner Updates

Attention Students and Friends/Parents of High School Juniors and Seniors: Great News! The Student Leaders® program offered by Bank of America, has expanded to include Reno! This program enables a Student Leader who is a Junior or Senior in High School in the Washoe County School District to work as a paid intern at a local nonprofit for eight weeks, attend the week-long Student Leaders Summit in Washington, DC, develop leadership and career skills and connect with like-minded students from across our region and the country. Apply by February 1st, 2019 at


The State recently launched the Employment Services EmployNV  Mobile Phone App. The site can now be downloaded for free on both Android and Apple phones on Google and Apple application stores respectively.  Now accessible by mobile, the website is the state’s online job resource where jobseekers can find local and statewide employment information.

Congratulations to TMCC for launching their 4.0 Manufacturing Lab, which includes the new cyber-physical factory.  TMCC is home to the only Festo cyber-physical manufacturing training program in the Western United States, and is only the fifth lab of its kind in the country. To read all about it, go here.

UNR Advanced Leadership Academy, running from Feb 13th to June 5th, offers tools and techniques for senior leaders to cultivate exceptional teams.

WGU offers accredited programs, unparalleled flexibility and accelerated progress with a low tuition at $7,500 per year, or less for, as many classes as students can master.  They also offer WGU $2,000 Sage Scholarships for new business students until December 31, 2018. For more information,  go  here.

As a business professional you can make a big difference in the initial college career of a local student. Volunteer as a Nevada Promise Scholarship Student Mentor and help a student in their last semester of high school through their graduation or their transfer from a Community College. Over 350 mentors are needed. Find out more here.

Are you a member of an organization that holds their meetings elsewhere around the country? Don’t forget the RSCVA team is ready and able to help you bring one of those meetings to the region. Be a Superhero and help the RSCVA attract meetings and conventions to our area. For more information, go here.

Major Investor of the Week

Founded and headquartered in Reno, NV, Dermody Properties is a privately-held, national developer of industrial properties, with a 50-year history as one of the most agile and visionary private industrial developers in the country. Consistently ranked Nevada’s largest industrial developer, it has developed and leased more than 35 million square feet to many Fortune 500 companies across the nation. The company is actively doing Build-to-Suits and joint ventures, with a current portfolio of 3.5 million square feet.

EDAWN Events

“EDAWN’s State of the Economy” – Economic Update Luncheon
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Atlantis Casino Resort
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Invitations will be emailed as the event nears
Please click here to view a list of EDAWN’s 2019 events. For more information, please contact Sheila Imsdahl or call 775.829.3704.
For the Startup Digest Reno calendar of events, go here:2018 EDAWN Entrepreneurial events. For more information, please contact Katie Romanko or call 775.829.3702.