By Doug Puppel
Hallmark doesn’t have a card, but this is Economic Development Week, when economic development agencies share their success stories with the public.
In the rural areas, the Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority is touting a $50 million support and service center in Elko for heavy equipment company Komatsu as well as an industrial hemp production facility near Ely.
“Northeastern Nevada is in the middle of everywhere,” Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority Executive Director Sheldon Mudd told KNPR’s State of Nevada. “That is one of the misconceptions. We’re actually halfway between all of the major metropolitan areas.”
Mudd pointed out that Northeastern Nevada is within a half-a-day drive of Salt Lake City, Reno, Boise, and Las Vegas along with being only a full-day drive from San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Another advantage to the area is small government, he said. Mudd said that many areas have just a single layer of government to deal with when getting licensing and permitting for projects.
Plus, with no traffic and very little crime, the lifestyle of the rural areas are appealing for many people.
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