RENO — The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) has announced its board of trustees for 2012.
This year, EDAWN welcomes 16 new members to the board, which is comprised of private investors and industry experts that will serve a two-year term. The board will also include volunteer community leaders and elected officials.
The transition from EDAWN’s two governing bodies, the board of trustees and the EDC, to a single board stems from last November’s ReCharge Nevada forum, which called for a more unified approach and a new direction in economic development and recovery in the region.
“The smaller board will facilitate the aggressive timeline to develop a regional economic development strategy with an organizational focus on quality job attraction, retention and entrepreneurial job growth,” said Michael Kazmierski, president/CEO of EDAWN.
The group meets monthly providing guidance and oversight to the organization.
Stephanie Kruse has been named EDAWN’s new chair.
Kruse is the president and chief strategist of KPS3 Marketing in Reno. She has more than 30 years of marketing, public relations and advertising experience. Kruse and KPS3 have been actively involved in economic development marketing since the company’s origins in June 1991, after she received her MBA in marketing and organizational strategy from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Prior to starting KPS3, Kruse served as director of marketing for Saint Mary’s Health Network for nine years. In addition, Kruse also has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and theater and is a retired registered nurse.