Join Us For The First Annual Winnemucca Futures Forum

February 13th, 2012 by wmcafutures Leave a reply »

Please join us for the 1st Annual Winnemucca Futures Forum at the Winnemucca Convention Center, from 1:00 PM until 8:45 PM on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.

The public is encouraged to attend, as are the nearly 200 people that have participated in the Winnemucca Futures Project to date.  Refreshments and snacks will be available throughout the afternoon, and a light meal will be provided during the early evening.

During 2010 and 2011, the Humboldt Development Authority carried out an extensive community engagement, visioning, and strategic planning process, dubbed the Winnemucca Futures Project.  It is now our intention to host an annual forum to bring together community stakeholders from across the county and the region, to explore the progress we have made in creating a more sustainable future for ourselves and our children.

The Winnemucca Futures Forum  will explore the worldwide trends in economics, science, communications,  and culture that will impact our future.  Likewise, national trends in population growth, educational attainment, food production and consumption, global competitiveness and workforce skills, as well as regional trends in income, housing, and employment will also be explored.

The Futures Forum is intended to provide an annual opportunity for members of our regional community to get together to think deeply about the future as it will unfold over the next few decades and to ensure that we have taken a serious look at how the prosperity of our own area may either benefit or suffer from these changes, so that we can begin to build a consensus based response.

The afternoon will start with a presentation and Q&A with Steve Hill, Nevada’s new Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  We hope to learn more about how rural Nevada communities fit into the just released state economic development plan titled “Moving Nevada Forward: A Plan For Excellence in Economic Development”.

A panel discussion about how Nevada’s rural communities and rural businesses add to a healthy state will then take place with a panel of well known experts from across the state.  This panel discussion and a question and answer period with the audience will help us determine how to best tell our stories among urban legislators and city dwellers in Nevada.

The local teams that have been working on building community capacity, developing a more collaborative culture, planning for long term infrastructure needs, and working to develop a more diversified employment base in the community will look back at the challenges they have met and the successes they have achieved.

David Beurle and Juliet Fox, the facilitators for the Winnemucca Futures Project, will be on hand to discuss the findings of the community wide network mapping survey carried out as a part of the initial project work and discuss how we can use this information to further our work.

Finally, we will look back to the findings of the community attributes survey carried out in 2010 and explore whether or not we are making progress in changing the both the reality and the perceptions of how Winnemucca, Humboldt County, and the region, are preparing themselves to adapt to change and proactively shape their own futures.

For planning purposes we ask that you let organizers know you are planning to attend.  You can RSVP by contacting the Humboldt Development Authority at 775.623.1064 or send your intentions by email to


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