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"That’s something as a region we’re going to have to figure out."
- Eugenia Larmore, PhD, MBA, President of Ekay Economic Consultants, says that while it’s beneficial that the area is bringing in more jobs to the manufacturing industry, it’s also creating growing pains. She explains that as manufacturing increases, it’s shifting the population, causing issues staffing lower paying businesses, like the leisure/hospitality industry. - Friday, September 2, 2022.
"We’re supporting winning in Nevada, and not only that, it’s in Nevada for Nevada."
- Yale Spina, President, Sky Tavern Board, shares news that NCAA Division I skiing is returning to the University of Nevada, Reno, saying they believe that Sky Tavern could be the place where all race training happens. He explains they have a certified race hill, brought in Mike Savage, the Alpine Director and 500 Level Coach — noting that there are only three of these level coaches in the United States — and can prepare to surface, schedule effectively and make the hill available for training with repetition. - Thursday, September 1, 2022.
"It gives one more market, one more opportunity, to sell their product."
- Jennifer Ott, State Director, Nevada Department of Agriculture, explains the newly launched Home Feeds Nevada Agriculture Food Purchase Program, where the department receives funding to purchase products directly from Nevada farmers, ranchers and processors, then distributes it to local food banks. She says the program will help farmers and ranchers recover some of the market they may have lost during the pandemic, boost the supply chain in Nevada and address food shortages and food insecure populations. - Wednesday, August 31, 2022.
"That was a new way we could help really small businesses, especially ones without websites, do e-commerce."
- Winnie Dowling, State Director, Nevada Small Business Development Center, UNR, says they used part of their CARES Act funding to create a shopping platform, Shop Made in Nevada, where local business owners can list their products at no cost. - Tuesday, August 30, 2022.
"You never want to call anyone a liar, but she certainly has a problem with the truth."
- George Harris, Chairman, Nevadans for Sound Government, responds to the recent Nevada Newsmakers episode with Amy Tarkanian, saying she called Sigal Chattah — who is running for Attorney General — a racist and disparaged her. He believes it’s due to Chattah not supporting Tarkanian’s husband, Danny Tarkanian, and later says Chattah has an impeccable record and is a great attorney. - Friday, August 26, 2022.
"It’s really a great multi-purpose facility that’s never been used for anything other than bowling."
- Hillary Schieve, Mayor of Reno, hopes to change the National Bowling Stadium to the Wolf Pack Bowl and make that part of their home, adding that maybe there will be a collegiate bowling team and an Esports team in the future. She says they’re bringing in different programming and amenities — like a coffeehouse, brewery and the ability to host Esports — to open the stadium to the community. - Thursday, August 25, 2022.
"Their vote is absolutely up for grabs."
- Peter Guzman, President, Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce, says while there are big numbers of Hispanics leaving the Democratic party, they’re not running towards the Republican Party; he believes they’re running towards Independent and Non-Partisan. He explains that Hispanics will likely decide some elections, adding the group he sees that are the most upset are Latina soccer moms. - Wednesday, August 24, 2022.
"It needs to be stopped. People need to go to jail for stuff like this."
- Dr. Sondra Cosgrove, History Professor at the College of Southern Nevada, responds to election administrators being threatened and harassed, explaining that there have been periods in our history where this happened, but there were rules that you don’t hurt people without going to jail. She says we need to remember that and make sure our political officials and parties are reminding people that you have the right to assemble and to free speech, but that you don’t hurt or threaten people. - Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
"These agreements are about domestic production and ensuring our lithium ends up in the U.S. supply chain."
- Bernard Rowe, Ioneer USA Corp President, says one of the main focuses of the company is to place the lithium produced into the U.S. domestic supply chain. He explains they have an offtake agreement with Ford to provide lithium carbonate for electric vehicles to be manufactured domestically, and a similar agreement with Prime Planet Energy & Solutions, the joint venture company between Toyota and Panasonic. Roughly three-quarters — about 18,000 tons — of the product will be under bonding offtake agreements, he explains. - Friday, August 19, 2022.
"We did the most robust constituent engagement program the state’s ever done."
- Zach Conine, Nevada State Treasurer, says the governor and himself did 123 events over 82 days to ask Nevadans where they want to spend the state’s money and what their priorities are. He says those answers have come through in Governor Sisolak’s work since then, specifically highlighting affordable housing, childcare and bringing mental and physical health professionals to the state. - Thursday, August 18, 2022.
"As the industry as a whole, we have to figure out how to innovate."
- Aaron West, Chief Strategy Officer, NVO, says there are several things the construction industry needs to do better, including doing more with less labor and figuring out logistics and manufacturing. - Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
"You have to do what’s best for the citizens of the state of Nevada as a whole, and a lot of times, that’s not national politics."
- State Senator James Settlemeyer, District 17, says it’s important for voters to not only look at who they feel is the best candidate overall for a particular office, but also look at how that candidate performs within their own party. He explains that if the candidate is beholden to their party, it doesn’t matter what they say, it matters what they do. - Tuesday, August 16, 2022.
"It’s companies like BlackRock, like KKR, Vanguard, the largest private equity and investment firms in the world, who are saying we want to be net zero or essentially have a net zero impact onto what our organizations, and what we invest in, are doing."
- Adam Kramer, CEO, nZero discussing the potential multi trillion dollar business net zero carbon impact is, and how his firm is helping all kinds of companies and investors track that carbon impact. - Friday, August 12, 2022.
"I’m pretty upset with Kevin McCarthy. I think it was very self-serving on his part."
- Amy Tarkanian, Former Republican State Party Chair says that the Republican leader was whipping votes for himself, if he becomes speaker, by coming in through his PAC to drop a half million dollar TV buy against Danny Tarkanian, in the last two weeks of the Primary election cycle, to favor Congressman Mark Amodei - Thursday, August 11, 2022.
"I think he is a lot more concerned about having to stand in a room with me and having me ask him why his former partner (Eglet Prince law firm, now Eglet Adams) got a monopoly on the opioid litigation."
- Sigal Chattah, Republican candidate for Attorney General referring to Attorney General Aaron Ford saying that he refuses to debate her because, in his words, she wanted to see him hanging from a ****ing crane. - Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
"Talking about lithium without acknowledging that there’s a requirement for gold, silver, copper, silica, in order to support the green technology that we need, is like talking about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without acknowledging that you need bread for the peanut butter and jelly sandwich."
- Tyre Gray, President, Nevada Mining Association discussing critical minerals. - Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
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