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					 THE CARSON CITY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
                                                                                                                                                        Nevada

VOI E OF                                                                                                                                                 Primary
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BUSINESS
                                                                                                                                                             August 15


                                                                                                                                                         Chamber Briefs
REPRESENTING THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY                                                                                                                     Page 7

  VOLUME XVII                                                                                                                                             AUGUST 2006

Eminent Domain – one year later                                                                                                                         Exercise your
By Ronni Hannaman
                                                                                                                                                        right to vote!
On June 23, 2005, the Supreme Court voted
5-4 that the city of New London, CT had the
                                                      The opposition states                            assuring that their land is to be purchased at
                                                                                                       the highest price in an open market instead of   Nevada has made it easy for each and every
right to use eminent domain to further their
economic development vision allowing the
                                                      that opportunistic land                          the lower, fair-market value now in place and
                                                                                                       is to be developed only for public use. The
                                                                                                                                                        registered voter to exercise their right to
                                                                                                                                                        vote. No waiting in long lines, no crowds
condemnation of private property for the                                                               property owner would also be exempt from
purpose of private development. This
                                                      barons may overvalue                             attorney fees.
                                                                                                                                                        of people and no frantic candidates to hand
                                                                                                                                                        you their literature within certain expressed
decision shocked the nation and made many
established businesses nervous.
                                                      their property thus                              The opposition states that opportunistic land
                                                                                                                                                        limits of the polls. And, most important,
                                                                                                                                                        you have more than one day to vote!
                                                                                                       barons may overvalue their property thus
Exactly one year later on June 23, 2006,
                                                      getting rich off the                             getting rich off the taxpayer. Further, the      Early voting makes it easy for each of us to
President George W. Bush issued an                                                                     opposition states that paying the open market    fit into our busy schedules the opportunity
executive order (a legally binding edict)             taxpayer.                                        costs would increase costs for public works      to vote for the candidate of our choice.
stating in Section I that the Federal                                                                  projects and the ability of governments to       And, for some of us who like early voting,
Government must limit its use of taking             lawsuit maintains that the Nevada Property         control land use.                                it relieves our minds from having to listen
private property for "public use" with "just        Owners Bill of Rights also known as the                                                             fully to campaign rhetoric.
compensation", which is also stated in the          People’s Initiative to Stop the Taking of our      In the 2005 session of the Nevada legislature,
constitution, for the "purpose of benefiting the     Land (PISTOL) should be declared illegal and       Assemblyman William Horne (D) Las Vegas          Author James David Barber (The
general public." He limits this use by stating      eliminated from the ballot even though the         reintroduced his bill to limit redevelopment     Presidential Character) reminds us that
that it may not be used "for the purpose of         plan received almost 25,000 more signatures        agencies from using eminent domain unless        when you vote, you must choose “from a
advancing the economic interest of private          than needed to be placed on the ballot. The        certain conditions have been met. Governor       cloud of confusion, a rain of phony
parties to be given ownership or use of the         coalition maintains that if this initiative        Guinn signed AB 143 into law on June 17,         advertising, a storm of sermons, a hail of
property taken."                                    passes, it could potentially be crippling to       2005 with an expiration date of July 1, 2007,    complex issues, a fog of charisma and
                                                    “prudent land planning and government              hence the proposed ballot initiative.            boredom, and a thunder of accusation and
Almost a month later on July 20, 2006, a            coffers.”                                                                                           defense.” When you vote, you are affecting
coalition of Southern Nevada governments                                                               Secretary of State Dean Heller has approved      the future of each and every citizen, so vote
and business alliances (including the Las           The basis for the measure would restrict the       the initiative for November's ballot which is    for the best candidate who has the same
Vegas and Henderson Chambers of                     use of eminent domain and prohibit                 being challenged again on August 14. If          vision of the future that you may have
Commerce and various builders associations)         governments from acquiring private land            passed this November, the initiative would       regardless of party affiliation.
filed a lawsuit hoping to block from the             through eminent domain proceedings, then           have to be brought before and approved by
November ballot the proposal to restrict land       reselling the land to private developers. It       the voters in the next session before            The voter registration statistics count report
seizures by governmental agencies. The              further protects the private property owner        becoming law. ■                                  issued by the Nevada Secretary of States
                                                                                                                                                        indicates that as of June 2006, there were
                                                                                                                                                        24,764 active registered voters: 12,171

 Students and teachers to be commended                                                                                                                  Republican; 8,392 Democrat; 3,211
                                                                                                                                                        nonpartisan; 731 registered as Independent
                                                                                                                                                        American Party; 140 Libertarian; and the
 By Dr. Mary Pierczynski, Superintendent, Carson City School District
                                                                                                                                                        remainder under Natural Law or other.
 The federal accountability legislation              and students at the poverty level must all        “adequate yearly progress”. I am pleased to      There are a total of 948,336 voters in the
 governing public schools in our nation, No          score at the proficient level.                     report that this year, the story is quite        state with less than a 10,000 voter spread
 Child Left Behind, is a demanding piece of                                                            different.                                       between Republicans and Democrats and
 legislation which evaluates public schools          If any one of these sub groups does not                                                            over 137,000 nonpartisans.
 using test, attendance and graduation data.         reach the proficient level, the entire school is   Of the ten schools in the district, eight of
                                                     deemed “in need of improvement.” Last year        them have made “adequate yearly progress.”       Your primary vote is
 Student assessments encompass                       the Carson City schools all made adequate         Students in the district scored well above the   as important as your
 English/language arts and math. In order for        yearly progress when the entire school            state average on the state mandated tests this   vote in the general
 a school to be deemed to have made                  population was considered, but each of the        year. The schools that made adequate             election. Wear your
 “adequate yearly progress” the total school         schools had at least one “sub group” that did     yearly progress were Bordewich/Bray              “I have voted”
 population, five ethnic groups, special              not score proficient. Therefore, none of the                                                        sticker proudly.
 education students, limited English proficient       schools were deemed to have made                                  continued on page 8 ➤


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                             Ballot Initiatives: love them or hate them                                                                                                        BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                                                                                                                                                                                     OFFICERS
                                                                                                                                                                                 Chairman of the Board
                                                                                                                                                                                Robert Crowell, Partner
                                                     The Nevada Property Owner’s Bill of Rights,           with the political process where the                                   Kummer, Kaempfer
                                                     a constitutional initiative sponsored by the          constitutional provisions guaranteed by the                                First Vice Chair
                                                                                                                                                                                       Joe Lushina
                                                     the People’s Initiative to Stop the Taking of         First Amendment are at their “zenith.”                                      Edward Jones
                                                     Our Land (PISTOL), was certified by the                                                                                        Second Vice Chair
                                                     Secretary of State earlier this month and is          It is because of the importance of freedom of                   Phillip Harrison, Plant Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                     Taiyo America
 By Robert L. Crowell                                currently undergoing a legal challenge in the         speech in the political process that courts are                               Secretary
                                                     Clark County District Court. A second                 generally reluctant to overturn the right of                            Betty Brogan, owner
                                                                                                                                                                                  State Agent & Transfer
 By the time this column is printed, the 2006        constitutional initiative, Tax and Spending           citizens to promote ballot questions. In
                                                                                                                                                                                       Treasurer
 primary election will be underway with early        Control for Nevada (TASC), was the subject            Nevada, challenges to the legal sufficiency of                   Sarah Hill, Relationship Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                  Wells Fargo Bank
 voting ending on August 15, the date of this        of litigation earlier this year in the Carson         a ballot question must be made within seven
                                                                                                                                                                                    DIRECTORS
 year’s primary election. Your Chamber of            City District Court and was recently certified         days of the date the Secretary of State
                                                                                                                                                                                   John DiMambro
 Commerce does not endorse candidates in             by the Secretary of State. It is believed that        certifies the question as having secured the                        Sierra Nevada Media Group
 any election. It does, however, review all          this constitutional initiative will likewise see      requisite number of signatures. Those                                      Steve Forester
 ballot initiatives and ballot questions. The        a further legal challenge.                            challenges can address the procedural                                     Casino Fandango

 Chamber has a committee made up of a                                                                      process used to secure the signatures as well                           Robin Grayshield
                                                                                                                                                                                  Economy Tree Service
 broad spectrum of community leaders that            The Secretary of State advises that the last          as the legal sufficiency of the ballot question                           Ken Hamilton
 performs this review and makes                      day for changes in the 2006 ballot is August          itself. One of the more interesting questions                      Hamilton Business Machines
 recommendations to the Board of Directors.          22. Given the level of litigation over these          that will be debated this year with some                               Kathy McClintock
                                                                                                                                                                               American Family Insurance
 The Board of Directors then makes a                 initiatives and the procedural time lines of          ballot questions is the Nevada requirement
                                                                                                                                                                                      Bill Miles
 considered judgment about the ballot                the Secretary of State, the court system will         that ballot initiatives embrace only one issue                     Miles Brothers Construction
 questions. That judgment is expressed as a          be moving quickly to resolve the final                 at a time. While the issue has been litigated                             Robert Pence
                                                                                                                                                                               Capital Wholesale Electric
 Board position either supporting or opposing        questions in order to meet the general                in other states, this year will present the first
                                                                                                                                                                                   Mary Pierczynski
 a particular ballot question. Alternatively,        election deadlines.                                   time for such challenges in Nevada.                                 Carson City School District
 the Board can determine that it takes no                                                                                                                                           John Procaccini
                                                                                                                                                                                   Brewery Arts Center
 position.                                           Ballot initiatives are an interesting facet of        Once the initiatives that will appear on the
                                                                                                                                                                                    Jeff Woodward
                                                     our democracy. Some call them the hallmark            upcoming general election ballot are known,                             Carson Jeep Nissan
 There may be several questions appearing on         of direct democracy and others call them an           the Chamber will be undertaking it review.                               Executive Director:
 this year’s general election ballot which the       end run around the rigors of traditional              If you would like to express a particular                                Ronni Hannaman
 Chamber will review. Locally, there will be         legislative enactments. In Nevada, the                point of position on an initiative, please feel                           Layout & Design
                                                                                                                                                                                        Rob Fair
 a tax neutral $25 million school bond.              initiative process, both constitutional and           free to contact the Chamber, preferably by         The Carson City Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes input, ideas,
 Statewide, as of this writing, it is unclear        statutory, finds its genesis in the Nevada             written communication, or simply talk to one       comments, and suggestions. Members may submit calendar items,
                                                                                                                                                              story suggestions and business news by the 20th of each month for
 which questions will actually appear on the         Constitution. Fundamentally, however, the             or more of your Board members. In any              consideration for the following month’s publication. We reserve the
                                                                                                                                                              right to edit all materials.
 ballot as a result of pending legal challenges.     legal principles applicable to ballot initiatives     event, don’t forget to vote.                                                      Send to:
                                                                                                                                                                             Carson City Area Chamber of Commerce
 The statutory initiative named the Nevada           are rooted in the First Amendment to the                                                                           1900 South Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701
                                                                                                                                                                                Phone: 882-1565 ■ FAX: 882-4179
 Clean Indoor Air Act and sponsored by the           United State Constitution. That is, the               And also don’t forget, when you have                                    www.carsoncitychamber.com
                                                                                                                                                                             E-mail:director @carson citychamber.com
 American Cancer Society and other groups            initiative process is an element of freedom of        business to conduct, try a Chamber member             The Voice of Business is a partnership with the Nevada Appeal.
 survived a district court challenge and is now      speech. Indeed, the United State Supreme              first. ■
 being litigated in the Nevada Supreme Court.        Court has held that ballot initiatives deal
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 for Nevada Day?                                                                                                                                               Advertising in the
 Have we captured your                  The annual celebration and                                                                                               Chamber Voice
 attention? Could this possibly         parade has been held in Carson                                                                                         makes good “cents”
 be true?                               City since 1936. Carson City
                                        continues to showcase all the                                                                                         When you compare our rates
 It could be if Nevada Day, Inc.        best that Nevada has to offer by                                                                                      for the amount of circulation,
 does not receive financial              keeping this commemoration of                                                                                         you can't beat it! The Chamber
 support from the community at          our statehood alive. Our parade                                                                                       Voice is mailed to over 1200
 large. That means support from         has been termed “the best                                                                                             Chamber customers the first
 each and every business and            hometown parade in the west”                                                                                          week of the month, inserted in
 individual. Nevada Day, Inc. is        and deserves your support.                                                                                            every issue of the Nevada
 a business run by volunteers                                                                                                                                 Appeal the second Monday of
 who change over the years.             This year’s theme is “Nevada                                                                                          each month and is available on
 Each year, it appears to be a          Day Meets the V& T Railway”                                                                                           our website.
 struggle to attract willing            and will feature as the grand
 volunteers and dollars to stage        marshal the old steam engine,                                                                                                    That's quite
 this great parade that has             Inyo, Number 22. Just picture                                                                                                  the circulation!
 become so much a part of               that big ole steam engine                                                                                             To view the advertising rates,
 Carson City’s heritage.                rolling down Carson Street!                                                                                                       go to
                                                                                                                                                              www.carsoncitychamber.com
 This year will be the 142nd            Please help keep Nevada Day
 Nevada Day Celebration. The            alive for generations to come.
                                                                                                                                                                        Grow your business,
 purpose of Nevada Day, Inc. is         Send your financial support in                                                                                                     advertise in the
 to “keep Nevada Day alive.”            any amount to Nevada Day,                                                                                                         Chamber Voice!
 The group is “dedicated to the         Inc., P.O. Box 999, Carson
 celebration, education, and            City, NV 89701-0999. For
 promotion of our Nevadan               more information, log on to
 Heritage.”                             www.nevadaday.com                                                The cover of the 1975 Nevada Day souvenir program.


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                               Shaping Our Community by Engineering Our Future


                               Economic development key
                               to a stable community
                               By Joe McCarthy, Carson City's Economic Development & Redevelopment Manager

What is economic development? The                • Fortifying primary, secondary and               Economic development programs vary based
International Economic Development                 post-secondary education opportunities          on the needs of the community. There are
Council defines economic development as                                                             several benefits of a successful economic
the process of creating wealth through the       • Attracting visitors to spend money within       development program:
mobilization of human, financial, capital,          the community
physical and natural resources to generate                                                         • Higher quality public services.
marketable goods and services. It is the
response side of business startup and              Carson City is                                    By increasing the tax base of a
                                                                                                     community, our local government is able
                                                                                                                                                    Above and Below:
expansion, location and site selection. The                                                          to provide higher quality public services
economic developer's role is to influence the       fortunate to                                      to its citizens. This translates into
                                                                                                                                                    Telegraph Square attracts locals
                                                                                                                                                    and visitors alike.
process for the benefit of the community                                                              additional police officers to ensure public
through expanding the tax base and job
opportunities.
                                                   have the most                                     safety, effective fire protection, additional
                                                                                                     parks and recreation areas, cultural

In basic terms, economic development is the
                                                   diversified                                        amenities and so forth;
                                                                                                   • More job opportunities.
process of creating greater wealth within a                                                          By increasing the number of primary jobs
community by bringing in new "outside"             economy in                                        within the community, citizens have more
dollars. This is mainly achieved by:                                                                 opportunities for employment locally.
                                                   Nevada.                                           Primary jobs usually pay a higher average
• Retaining, expanding, creating and                                                                 wage than the average per capita income
  recruiting “primary” jobs                                                                          nationwide. “Primary” jobs also create
                                                 In defining economic development, it’s also          additional “spin-off” jobs within the
• Attracting new capital investment and real     important to define a “primary” job.                 economy.
  estate investment                              A “primary” job is a job that produces goods
                                                 and services for customers that are               • Greater protection from
• Providing a diversity of retail amenities      predominantly outside the community.                economic downturns.
                                                 After the sale of goods or services, the            Because one of the focuses of economic
• Building an urban town center                  employer receives new “outside” dollars in          development is to diversify the economic
                                                 payment. The employer then redistributes            base of the community, it increases the
• Creating strong, sustainable arts and          that wealth within the community through            cushioning in the community against
  cultural institutions                          payroll and the purchase of other goods and
                                                 services.                                                         continued on page 8 ➤


                                                                                                                                                    In practical terms…
What is affordable housing?                                                                                                                         a teacher, firefighter,
By Lynn Gondorcin, NHRA
                                                                                                                                                    or city employee in the
The technical answer is; housing                 to standard Fair Market Rents for a one-          own home. To assist working families
affordability describes the ratio between a      bedroom apartment in the Carson City area,        purchase a home NRHA has developed               middle of the company
household’s income and the cost of housing.      they will likely pay at least $573 per month      (through tax-exempt bond financing) a first-
The Department of Housing and Urban              for rent and utilities. Even more dismal is the   time homebuyer mortgage program. This            pay scale cannot
Development (HUD) specifies that no more          outlook for a retired widow depending upon        program provides a 5.95%, 30-year loan and
than 30 percent of a household’s income          her $1,200 per month Social Security check.       4% down payment assistance grant to
                                                                                                                                                    afford a home in the
should be spent on housing expenses.             She can afford only $360 per month for rent.      eligible first-time homebuyers. Homebuyers        community where they
                                                                                                   have access to mortgage loans (FHA, VA,
In practical terms a teacher, fire fighter, or     How Nevada Rural Housing                          RHS and Fannie Mae eligible conventional)        work, send their kids
city employee who, in the middle of the          Authority addresses the                           that provide a grant for down payment and
company pay scale, is earning $21.32 per         affordability gap.                                closing cost assistance equal to 4% of the       to school, and vote.
hour (far above the minimum wage of                                                                original loan. Prospective homebuyers may
$5.15/hr), or about $44,345 per year. This       Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA) is          apply by directly contacting the following
family wants to buy their first home;             in the business of helping people obtain          participating lenders: Chase Home Finance,
according to their income they could afford      decent, safe, and affordable housing. For         CTX Mortgage, Greater Nevada Mortgage
$1,108 monthly payments. The monthly             many years NRHA has administered the              Services, Us Bank Home Mortgage, or Wells
payments on a modest home, with a loan of        HUD Section 8 rental assistance program.          Fargo Home Mortgage.
$250,000 at 6.8% (30-year loan plus taxes        Currently there are over 525 households in
and insurance), will be $1,884. Families like    Carson City who receive rental assistance         For further information about how Nevada
these are key to a community’s economic          through Section 8, and over 100 senior            Rural Housing Authority is aggressively
health and wellbeing, but they cannot afford     citizens who receive rental assistance at the     pursuing affordable housing solutions
a home in the community where they work,         NRHA owned Southgate Apartment property.          through its programs, please contact me at
send their kids to school, and vote.             With 1,639 households on the waiting list,        775-887-1178. ■
                                                 NRHA sees no decrease in the need for
Another way to look at affordability is          assistance.
through the eyes of a 20-something single
person who works full time in a warehouse        NRHA is supporting home ownership by
for $8.00 per hour. They can afford to rent      providing a way for families to achieve and
an apartment at $416 per month. According        afford the American Dream of owning their


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                                                                                                                                       Greater Nevada Mortgage Services opened

 The month                                                                                                                             swanky new offices on June 29 at 4070
                                                                                                                                       Silver Sage Drive. Chamber Ambassadors
                                                                                                                                       were on hand to cut the ribbon.
 in pictorial                                                                                                                          Pictured from left: Peter Fishburn, Brown &
                                                                                                                                       Bigelow; Ken Hamilton, Hamilton Business

 review...                                                                                                                             Machines; Rob Taylor, CEO, GNCU
                                                                                                                                       Mortage Services; Marilyn Koschella, Sierra
                                                                                                                                       Nevada Associaton of Realtors; GNCU
 pictures                                                                                                                              board member Barbara Byington; Nicole
                                                                                                                                       Block, State Agent & Transfer Co.;

 speak louder                                                                                                                          John Hoy, Doc John's Restorations.


 than words.
 For information on                                                                                                                    Karen Coleman (center not in bathing
 forthcoming events, go to                                                                                                             attire) received a singing birthday salute on
 www.carsoncitychamber.com                                                                                                             the day of her birthday (July 19) from the
                                                                                                                                       BAC actors who performed at the July
 photo credit unless otherwise indicated:                                                                                              Chamber mixer. And, no, we won't give
 Ronni Hannaman                                                                                                                        away her tender age.




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                                                                    Eileen Webb of Streamline Consulting is
                                                                    welcomed to the Chamber membership by
                                                                    Chair Bob Crowell at the Chamber's annual
                                                                    meeting.


     Dr. Mary Pierczynski presents new members Michael and Carol Peterson of Houseworks, LLC
     with their new member certificate at the July Mixer.




                                                                                                                Dr. Mary Pierczynski, Superintendent of the Carson City School
                                                                                                                  District, thanks host John Procaccini, executive director of the
                                                                                                                     Brewery Arts Center, for hosting the fun July outdoor mixer
                                                                                                                   featuring talented kids who gave a preview of "Go Go Beach."

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  E Y E      O N                 C A R S O N




                                                                                           You bet there are ghosts in Carson City,
                                                                                           according to Joy Evans (far left), Events
                                                                                           Coordinator for the Carson City
                                                                                           Convention & Visitors Bureau, who led the
                                                                                           Chamber leadership class on a ghostly tour
                                                                                           of historic downtown. Next month, the class
                                                                                           meets the communication gurus of our city.

Ghosts in Carson City?…                                                                    photo by Hallie Murphy



                                                      Mayor Marv Teixeira, members
                                                      of the board of supervisors and
                                                      other city officials assist Sheriff
                                                      Kenny Furlong in shoveling dirt
                                                      on the official groundbreaking
                                                      of the new Sheriff's facility on
                                                      July 7.




                              The Sheriff's DARE
                         department gave kids the
                        opportunity to learn how to
                  "knock out meth," over the 4th
                  of July weekend during the three
                  day steam up at the Nevada State
                                Railroad Museum.


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              M E M B E R                            P R O F I L E                                                            Upcoming Chamber Events

 Bill Gibson, Jr.                                                                                         8/10 Leadership Class: Communications, Media & State Government
                                                                                                          8/10 Live taping: Voice of Business Live - Carson City School District
                                                                                                          8/15 Leadership Planning: 4 p.m. Chamber board room
                                                                                                          8/16 August Mixer: Come celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Little People's Portraits, 5-7 P.M.
                                                                                                               3246 N. Carson, Ste. 127 (near Eagle Fitness in the former K-Mart center)
                                                                                                               Make sure you look your best for we'll be doing some photos right on the spot!
                                                                                                          8/24 Board of Directors Meeting: Nevada Appeal Board Room, 11:30 a.m.
                                                                                                          8/25 14th Annual Beer Tasting: Brewery Arts Center, 883-1976
                                                                                                          8/25-8/27 Jazz & Beyond Festival: Special three day event sponsored by the
                                                                                                                Mile High Jazz and the Brewery Arts Center featuring over 20 musicians.
                                                                                                                A great annual event not to be missed. Free to all.
                                                                                                          9/5    September Breakfast Club: Valerie Straw invites you to enjoy a continental breakfast
                                                                                                                 at Western Title Co., 2310 S. Carson, Ste. B in Quail Park.
                                                                                                          9/20 September Mixer: The Nevada Appeal will host the September mixer.

                                                                                                                If you are interested in hosting a breakfast club or mixer in 2007,
                                                                                                                                        call us at 882-1565.
                                                                                                                                 Always check the website at
                                                                                                                 http://www.carsoncitychamber.com for the latest information.

 New to our chamber community and new to             Did we mention that Bill generously
 the region, Bill Gibson, Jr. director of sales at   provides us with great prizes for our
 Thunder Canyon, is fast making his mark as          breakfast club and mixer raffles? We
 one you most want to see at any chamber             appreciate Bill’s involvement and know that
 function. His ready smile and handshake has         you will enjoy meeting him as well. When
 already made him many new friends.                  you are enjoying Thunder Canyon, make
                                                     certain to pop in and say hello or shag a ball
 In his current job for a little over three          or two!
 months, Bill comes to Thunder Canyon from
 a sales background in the computer software
 industry in Reno. He is a 1988 graduate of
                                                      “I think your
 UNR and commutes daily from his home in
 Spanish Springs.
                                                      Chamber is great!
 Bill feels that this opportunity is perfect for
                                                      You are far more
 his sales talents – and, oh yes, he is a golfer
 and loves to eat, a perfect combo if you are
                                                      personal than the
 directing sales at this beautiful golf resort.       Reno Chamber and
 When asked how he is enjoying our Chamber            I find it easier to                                  Ambassadors have long been a tradition with the Chamber as shown in this old photo that we recently
 functions, Bill replied, “I think your                                                                   found tucked away in a drawer. The photo is undated and shows the ribbon cutting ceremony at
 Chamber is great! You are far more personal          communicate with                                    Westside Square. Who these folks are is unknown to your current staff. If you know who ALL these
 than the Reno Chamber and I find it easier to                                                             folks are, Ronni Hannaman, executive director, will take you to lunch. If you want to know how to
 communicate with the members.”                       the members.”                                       become an ambassador, call the Chamber at 882-1565.




    Welcome!
    Accounting Solutions, LLC
    Freya Oberer-Brown
                                                        AllCom Nevada, LLC
                                                        Marc Ellis
                                                                                             TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS…
                                                                                             New members to meet this month:
                                                                                                           Carol Perry & Associates, LLC
                                                                                                           Carol Perry
    204 N Minnesota - 89703                             PO Box 1680 - 89702                                896 West Nye Lane, Ste 102- 89703
    Accounting Consulting, Bookkeeping –                Telecommunications: Installation & Repair          Financial Advisor, Broker
    Controller level                                    VOIP                                               If you want to grow your nest egg,
    775-841-7878                                        Marc can handle all your telecommunication         Carol can teach you how. It’s never
    If it’s accounting solutions you are seeking,       and installation needs fast and efficiently.        too early to prepare for the future.
    Freya knows her stuff and has many local            775-283-0289                                       775-841-4277
    satisfied clients.
                                                        Candy Bouquet                                      Houseworks, LLC
    AD CO, Ltd.                                         Mary Anne Teeple                                   Michael Peterson
    Meghan Cole                                         584 Ranch Rd Fernley 89408                         2205 Glenn Drive
    2533 N Carson Street - 89706                        Florists, Gifts                                    Carson City, NV 89703
    Advertising, Direct Mail, Printing, Design          You’ll want to keep the candy bouquet              Handyman, Carpentry, Painting,
    AD CO can handle all your direct mail               (chocolate & more) instead of sending it out to    Electrical, Plumbing
    needs from design to mailing.                       your friends and relatives. A great alternative    Specializing in high end cabinetry,
    775-885-0748                                        gift idea certain to please!                       Michael can build your dream furniture
                                                        775-835-0370                                       and can fix anything.
                                                                                                           775-315-2371


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                                                                                                                                                  BUSINESS TECH EXPO
     C H A M B E R                                                         B R I E F S                                                            SLATED FOR 10/4
                                                                                                                                                  This year, the surrounding Chambers will be
                                                                                                                                                  working with NNDA to put together their
     …for those who like their information capsulated                                                                                             biggest and best Business Tech Expo to
                                                                                                                                                  showcase member services on October 4 at
CARSON CITY ROADS                                 IS IT THE CHICKEN                                                                               the Nevada Appeal. Your Chamber is one of
                                                                                                                                                  the partners and will not hold a separate
RECEIVE FACE LIFT                                 OR THE EGG?                                                                                     showcase. For information and rates, contact
It’s always exciting to see our roads being       NNDA is spearheading Northern Nevada’s                                                          882-1565.
upgraded and that is what you have seen           first incubator facility in Fernley designed to
around town as the city has slurry sealed the     foster entrepreneurship and help startup                                                        USE YOUR U.S.
various roads downtown and is now in the          companies, usually technology-related, to
process of marking lanes. While a few may         grow through the use of shared resources,                                                       CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP
have been inconvenienced for a day finding         management expertise and intellectual                                                           We’re paying our dues to the U.S. Chamber
alternative routes and parking spaces, the        capital. For more information,                                                                  of Commerce so you can use their many
newly sealed streets give a nice fresh            Contact NNDA at 883-4413.                                                                       varied services for free! Yes, all of our
appearance enhancing the downtown.                                                                                                                members are federated members of this
The new WalMart entrance off Roop Street is       HOW FAT CAN YOU GET?                                                                            important business association that protects
a welcome addition and soon there is to be a                                                                                                      businesses in the U.S. legislature while we
                                                  The NV Restaurant Association has asked us
light at Roop Street and Northridge, a much                                                                                                       monitor happenings at home. If you have a
                                                  to support them on U.S. Senate bill 908 in
welcomed traffic light for those who live in                                                                                                       question about running your business, go to
                                                  passing the “Commonsense Consumption
that neighborhood.                                                                                                                                the U.S. Chamber website directly by going
                                                  Act of 2005” stating that the food service       beginning in 2004 with the first quarter ’06    to our website and clicking on the button
                                                  industry cannot be held liable for those who     pricing overvalued at 45.6%. That’s good for
FREEWAY ON TRACK                                                                                                                                  located on the right hand side of our
                                                  do not know when to stop eating or eat the       realtors and Carson City Assessor Dave         homepage. We update our list to the U.S.
NDOT assures us that the timetable for the        wrong foods. Hard to believe that a bill such    Dawley. Reno is overvalued by 48.6% and        Chamber monthly. All of our members have
remainder of the freeway bypass is on track       as this must be voted upon to curb our           Las Vegas is overvalued by 41.8% according     their own membership number and should be
and the second phase will be put out to bid.      obesity problem, which is a personal             to the same study. Perhaps this is why we      receiving weekly updates directly to their
The final phase (2B) is in the final design         problem. How does one regulate personal          are having a downturn in the market at the     computers.
stage. 2010 is still the completion date. You     eating problems anyway? And, legislation?        moment. The study analyzed 71 metro areas
will begin to see more work on relocating                                                          across the country. Want affordable housing?
utilities underground.                                                                                                                            MIXERS AND BREAKFAST
                                                                                                   Relocate to Texas where most of the cities
                                                                                                   are undervalued: Abilene (-9.2%), Dallas       CLUBS BRING BUSINESS
HAVE YOU TRIED JAC?                                                                                (-18.9%), Houston (-15.8%). Don’t even         We’d love to see more of our members
If not, try it. Costs only 50 cents for seniors                                                    think about Naples, Fl where the               attend our networking functions. These are
and $1.00 for the rest of the folks. No                                                            overvaluation is at 102.6%.                    fun events that allow you to meet new
parking problems, no hot car to enter and a                                                                                                       business acquaintances in a relaxed and
true bargain with gas prices the way they are                                                      KEN BEATON JOINS                               informal setting. Visit the chamber website
– not to mention less wear and tear on your                                                                                                       at www.carsoncitychamber.com to view the
                                                                                                   CHAMBER STAFF                                  current list of events.
car. Children are welcome to ride JAC to
                                                                                                   You’ll be seeing a familiar face around town
their games freeing up the family car. And,
                                                                                                   as Ken Beaton pops through your door to
those who work in the industrial area will
                                                                                                   find out what further services your chamber
find JAC a welcome alternative to driving or
                                                                                                   can provide. He’ll be attracting new
biking in this heat (or in the cold in the
                                                                                                   members and making sure the current
winter.) JAC has convenient stops and is
                                                  AREA HOUSING                                     members are happy. Ken has considerable
adding more as ridership increases.
                                                  OVERPRICED?                                      sales experience and will work with Deanne
                                                                                                   Jamison, Chamber manager, to keep our
                                                  Once Carson City became an urban area
                                                                                                   records current.
                                                  (after reaching 50,000 souls), we now find
                                                  ourselves on lists that we didn’t even know
                                                  existed. We are in the company of the big        NNDA MOVES
                                                  boys now and nowhere on these lists do you       HEADQUARTERS
                                                  see Dayton, Minden or Gardnerville (they’re      Just a few buildings to the east from their
                                                  just too small). Carson City is now on the       original site, NNDA has moved to a spacious
                                                  very same lists as Reno and Las Vegas!           new office at 704 W. Nye Lane – second
                                                  According to the study produced by Global        floor. NNDA has been most gracious in
                                                  Insight/National City Corporation in June        allowing members the use of their board
                                                  2006, Carson City housing was undervalued        room with advance reservations. The phone
                                                  in 2002 and 2003 and then overvalued             number remains the same.




                  We will miss
          Senator Lawrence Jacobsen
       who passed away on July 27, 2006,
          and echo the sentiments of
            Governor Kenny Guinn
        when he stated that “Nevada lost
          a treasured public servant.”

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Students and                                    Economic                                      local economy. This information includes
                                                                                              local demographics, costs of doing business,
                                                                                                                                                 In basic terms,
teachers to be                                  development key to                            infrastructure solutions, available real estate,

                                                a stable community                            quality of life and business assistance            economic
commended                                                                                     programs.

                                                continued from page 3 ➤                       The second function of an economic
                                                                                                                                                 development is
continued from page 1 ➤
                                                                                              development program is to market the
                                                  economic shocks. A community with a         community to existing and potential                the process of
Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary,                diverse economic base is better equipped    businesses. Like any company, if a
Fritsch Elementary, Seeliger Elementary,
Carson Middle School, Eagle Valley Middle
                                                  to handle the impact of major lay-offs or   consumer isn’t familiar with your product,         creating greater
                                                  job losses. Carson City is fortunate to     they won’t purchase the product. An
School, Pioneer High School and Carson
High School. Carson Montessori Charter
                                                  have the most diversified economy in
                                                  Nevada, with its strong mix of public
                                                                                              economic development program markets the
                                                                                              community to specific businesses and
                                                                                                                                                 wealth within a
School also made adequate yearly progress.        sector employment, a robust local           industries that fit with the community’s
                                                  construction industry, legal and            current and future vision. Marketing               community by
Congratulations to the students and staff         accounting, finance, insurance and real      activities often include print advertising,
of these schools! Considering how                 estate services, and hundreds of boutique   public relations, recruitment trips to targeted    bringing in new
difficult it is for any school with a diverse      manufacturing firms.                         industries, tradeshows, multi-media
population to meet the requirements to
                                                The three main functions of an economic
                                                                                              presentations, direct mail campaigns, and
                                                                                              so on.
                                                                                                                                                 “outside” dollars.
make “adequate yearly progress,” they
                                                development program are to provide
are to be commended!                            information to potential and existing                                                            incentives, proximity to educational
                                                                                              Finally, an economic development program
                                                businesses; market the community to           works with public officials, elected officials       institutions, concentration of existing
(Editors note: The Chamber congratulates        businesses and work with elected and public   and community partners to ensure that a            businesses and telecommunications.
the CCSD in its continuing efforts to meet      officials to ensure a positive business        positive business climate exists within the        Economic development programs strive to
the strict NCLB standards on school             climate.                                      community. The same things that attract            strengthen any gaps related to business
districts with a diverse population. Not all                                                  new employers will retain the existing firms.       needs. This simple focus continues to make
children who enter our schools are              Economic development programs do not          There are several reasons why companies            Carson City attractive to existing and
proficient in our language and the tests         create jobs; they only strive to influence     thrive in certain communities and struggle in      potential businesses.
make no distinction for the ethnic diversity.   business decisions on behalf of the           others. These factors include a sufficient
                                                economic health of the community. One of      trade area to justify investment, close            Joe McCarthy is a regular contributor to
One child can cause a school to be labeled
                                                the ways that economic development            proximity to markets, ease of travel, labor        Voice of Business and welcomes your ideas,
“in need of improvement.” Our
                                                programs can influence a business decision     skills and availability, tax and regulatory        suggestions and comments at
administrators and teachers have worked
                                                is to provide the most comprehensive and      environment, quality of life, costs of doing       jmccarthy@ci.carson-city.nv.us or
hard to leave no child behind.)                 current information on the community and      business, stable political leadership,             775-887-2101 x1208 ■