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MAJOR FUNDING FOR THE WINNEMUCCA FUTURES PROJECT WAS PROVIDED BY THESE PARTNERS

Funding has been solicited from these sources to support this project.  The entities below have committed funding for the project in the amounts indicated.

 

 

The Winnemucca Futures Project is designed to proactively promote the public interest by encouraging community growth and sustainable development through communications and collaboration.

By necessity the Winnemucca Futures Project actively sought financial contributions from both public and private sources. Private contributions were important for securing grant funding for the project.

An investment in Winnemucca Futures is a reflection of each sponsor’s belief in the value of the project and does not entitle sponsors to any special treatment or consideration in the decision-making processes.

The Winnemucca Futures Project is designed to be an open and fair process. We are dedicated to hearing all voices.

 

 

This page last updated on 06-08-10

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9 comments

  1. Tracy Austin says:

    I have a few questions on the list above.

    1. Is a sponsor the same as a contributor to fund this study?

    2. I understand some of the entities above have provided funding for this project. From an ethics perspective, does it make sense for this project to be funded by those that appear to have a vested interest in the project outcome?

    3. I understand Recology provided $3500 to fund this project. They are not listed here as of 6/2/10 10:45amPST. Is this true? If so, in addition to my comments in item #2 above, how can it be that a business who’s current involvement in the community has been to sue the county, the commissioners, blame ‘angry citizens’ for their own lack of completion on their 3-year conditional use permit, and direct the DA to stop the voters initiative limiting out of town waste, is helping to pay for a project defining the community future?

    4. Why isn’t this being funded by the community and community leadership?

    5. How did/does the steering committee decide who would fund this project?

    In the spirit of transparency, the community should be able to see a page that lists all businesses and agencies that have provided funding for this project and the amount on this web site.

    Thank you. I urge you to consider the ethics and openness you wish to exemplify on this project. It will directly impact the acceptance of the project’s outcome and the value of the dollars you are spending.

  2. Fred B says:

    Bill,
    I have an issue with some of the partners listed above as well as those not listed but listed on the sponsors list provided at the sessions held June 2-3, 2010

    I make an assumption that a sponsor is the same as a contributor helping to fund this study. If, in fact that is the case, I contribute the following for your consideration:

    1. I believe projects like this one, which hopefully will shape the sustainability of our community and the county for years to come, should be transparent and meet all ethical standards normally applied to projects of this magnitude.
    2. I further believe the funding of such projects should come from grants from the federal and state government entities and not from those who might economically benefit from the process.
    3. Given the futures project’s costs have already been covered by contributions from the community and industry in the county, I would like to see a list of contributors and the amounts each contributed. At least that way interested citizens of the county can evaluate, for themselves, the pros and cons of such contributions.
    4. Even though Recology is not listed as a partner my understanding is that Recology has committed $3,500.00 to help fund the futures project. If this is true, how can it be that a corporation that is suing the county, the commissioners, and blames the citizens of this county for their lack of completion on the 3-year conditional use permit granted them in 2007, and who suggested the DA stop a citizens’ initiative, limiting out of town waste, is helping to pay for a project defining the community future?
    5. How did/does the steering committee decide who would fund this project?

    Once again, in a spirit of transparency, the community should be able to see a page that lists all businesses and agencies that have provided funding for this project and the amount on this web site.

    Thank you for promoting the Winnemucca Futures Project, I believe the process is timely and viable. I have been part of like projects, at the corporate level, and have seen the rewards first hand. I urge you to consider the ethics and openness you wish to exemplify on this project. It will directly impact the acceptance of the project’s outcome and the value of the dollars you are spending.

  3. Stephen Dick says:

    I am writing regarding the total lack of transparency and conflict of interest that has surfaced concerning the Winnemucca Futures Project and the involvement of Recology as a sponsor of this endeavor.

    It seems as though you and others involved in our local “government” have learned absolutely nothing in the last couple of years. Yes, soliciting the opinions of the citizens of this community as to their preferences the future of this county should take is a good idea. Allowing outside interests a seat at the same table is a betrayal of the public trust and interest. And I don’t think the public, for the most part, trusts our local government at this point. Congratulations, you have just managed to make a bad situation worse.

    I can see allowing Newmont and Barrick sponsorship. They have been a part of this community for years, have played by the rules, and have many employees and families who live here. But Recology? They have come here largely under the radar with little public awareness (not entirely their fault). They have not met the conditions of their original CUP, and when their application for an extension was ultimately denied, they elected to sue the county and the commissioners. Their venture is “speculative” by their own admission. They have no vested interests in this area. To them, this area is just a cheap, easy way to dispose of bar area garbage and make a huge profit in the process. To allow them ANY say, input, or presence in this project smells of an insider deal, compromised process, and even outright corruption. This may not be the case, but good arguments can be made that this is what is happening. As of this email, your website still does not list Recology/Jungo as a sponsor. Some on your Steering Committee were not aware of this situation until June 2. They had solicited others in the community to participate in this project and now feel betrayed, as do some of those who chose to attend.

    Appearances matter. Transparency matters. You must earn the trust and respect of the citizens of this community. Put yourself in their place. Just what are they supposed to think about all of this? If this process is not engineered to a beneficial outcome for Recology, do you think for a second they will drop their lawsuit, abandon their plans and leave our community? Not a chance. Ask them.

    The best thing for the HDA to do at this point is to step forward and admit you made a mistake and uninvite Recology and their representatives from the project. Next, I would suggest being open and honest about everything you are doing. Find out what the residents of this county want, not what the politically connected deal makers in this community want us to accept. You have a great opportunity here to do this and to help repair damage done over the last several months. Please don’t waste it. Best of luck.

  4. wmcafutures says:

    Ms. Austin, thank you for your comments. I have answered each of your points below:


    1. Is a sponsor the same as a contributor to fund this study?

    Yes, I have used the term interchangeably, referring to the entities that have funded or have offered to provide funding for the overall project.

    2. I understand some of the entities above have provided funding for this project. From an ethics perspective, does it make sense for this project to be funded by those that appear to have a vested interest in the project outcome?

    Yes this is logical, in fact the project is funded by exactly by those that have a vested interest in the future of Winnemucca and Humboldt County. If you are connected to, or know of an organization or entity that would like to contribute, please have them get in touch with us.


    3. I understand Recology provided $3500 to fund this project. They are not listed here as of 6/2/10 10:45amPST. Is this true? If so, in addition to my comments in item #2 above, how can it be that a business who’s current involvement in the community has been to sue the county, the commissioners, blame ‘angry citizens’ for their own lack of completion on their 3-year conditional use permit, and direct the DA to stop the voters initiative limiting out of town waste, is helping to pay for a project defining the community future?

    Yes again. The list that was posted on the site, when I created the site during the evening hours of May 21, 2010, was a list of funders that had by that date either committed funds to the project or had indicated a strong willingness to lend their support.

    And yes again. After I approached Recology for a financial contribution to the project, they agreed to provide $3,500 as did the Humboldt General Hospital who contributed $4,000. Neither of these entities names appeared on the site when you posted your comment. Whether Recology contributes to our efforts or not, they are certainly engaged with the community we live in, and like it or not they are already impacting our future, so it seems only proper to seek a dialog with them, and to include their input as a part of our project. It is also our intent to allow them the opportunity to better understand the values and convictions of the community, so they can better understand our concerns.

    4. Why isn’t this being funded by the community and community leadership?

    This is exactly who is funding this effort. Our entire community has an interest in our future, including an enormous number of organizations, entities, political bodies, and others whose origins are outside of Winnemucca and Humboldt County. Most of the economic output of our local community is either produced by, or consumed by, large national or global concerns. A huge share of our livelihoods, and our futures are tied directly or indirectly to these and future organizations. These entities are and must remain vital stakeholders in our future.

    5. How did/does the steering committee decide who would fund this project?

    The Winnemucca Futures Project is an initiative of the Humboldt Development Authority. When I first proposed the project to the board of directors of HDA it was clear that we would have to find additional funding. Much of the early work on developing these funding sources was done as a part of the early feasibility analysis of the project. The initial list appearing on the website contained those organizations that had indicated early stage support of the project and provided HDA confidence that funding for the project could be raised. It was only then that HDA approved and committed to the project. One of the first actions then taken was to launch work on the project, including the early establishment of a steering committee to guide the work.

    At its initial meeting I provided the steering committee with this same list of proposed funders for the project, and I’m happy to let you know that all of them have provided a significant contribution, with one exception. The Humboldt County Chamber of Commerce has not taken any official action on the request. I went to the monthly chamber board meeting on May 3, but the board failed to form a quorum, and so there was no meeting. I intend to appear at the next meeting, to seek their official endorsement and financial support for the project.

    It was after the initial review of the proposed funders list by the steering committee that I began contacting each agency to secure their support. This involved a number of phone calls and contacts with them and required attending a number of meetings. As these initial funders were being contacted and asked to consider their support I continued to develop leads on and make contact with additional potential funders. Several of these later contacts have now agreed to provide funding for the project. While I did not receive explicit direction from the steering committee concerning who else I should contact, my understanding was that I was fully empowered to seek funding from additional community stakeholders. I asked both the Humboldt General Hospital and the Recology Corporation to assist with funding for the project, and both agreed.

    It was me, essentially, that proposed every funder supporting the project.

    In the spirit of transparency, the community should be able to see a page that lists all businesses and agencies that have provided funding for this project and the amount on this web site.

    Once again, I completely agree, and the list above has been updated to reflect your suggestion.

    Thank you. I urge you to consider the ethics and openness you wish to exemplify on this project. It will directly impact the acceptance of the project’s outcome and the value of the dollars you are spending.

    Western civilization as we know it rests squarely on the shoulders of ethical behavior. Many of the values we all hold, and the protocols we use in everyday life, were developed as a result of the necessity for ethical behavior between organizations and people engaged in commerce and governance.

    Please be assured that it is our every intention, our sworn duty in fact, to manage this project in a very open and ethical manner.

    Bill Sims
    Coordinator
    Humboldt Development Authority

  5. wmcafutures says:

    Thank for the comment Mr. B. Since your concerns closely reflect those already addressed by Tracy Austin, please refer to my reply to her comments.

    Bill Sims
    Coordinator
    Humboldt Development Authority

  6. wmcafutures says:

    Thank you for your comment Mr. Dick. Your comments seem to also closely reflect the concerns raised by Tracy Austin and Fred B, so please refer to my reply to Ms. Austin’s initial comment.

    Bill Sims
    Coordinator
    Humboldt Development Authority

  7. Tracy Austin says:

    Thanks for the detailed, open and complete reply. While I understand the reasoning in bringing in Recology given your note, I disagree with them as a sponsor. And, given the lawsuits and their approach in the community I hope it does not deter some people from participating in the Futures project. My 2 cents.

    Thanks for the list and the donation amounts.

    Tracy

  8. wmcafutures says:

    One more thing.

    I did not set the local timezone on the site when I created it, and so the time stamps on the above entries are currently incorrect and may remain so. I believe the dates of the comments are correct, and the time stamps may self-correct now that I have the settings adjusted.

    Then again, the timestamps on new comments may be the only ones that are correct.

    Thanks,

    Bill Sims

  9. robhannum says:

    Everyone I have talked to in town thinks that this is a great effort. All towns should do this. But to have Recology involved is ridiculous. $3,500 ‘donation’ wouldn’t pay for half a day of their lawyer fees that they paid to push through their dump onto the county. This is an information gathering ploy that they will use in their next case. The only acceptable action from Recology would be an apology for trying to poison the county.

    Every week, there is an article in the local paper here in the bay area of toxic chemicals left behind by waste companies that came, made money and left.. and the question remains on who is to clean it up.. and Recology, formerly NorCal Waste Systems, had a big part of that.

    Winnemucca is growing.. The only thing that would stop that would be a landfill/dump. I am working very hard to establish a company that makes all kinds of creations and is looking very promising.. Since I have land right across from the landfill/dump site, I would find it hard to justify establishing a head quarters in Winnemucca if it goes through.

    Start planning without Recology, that would be the first step. If you look at all that future potential farm land outside of town with the geothermal activities, Winnemucca could be a shinning example of a self-sustaining community.. growing its own food and creating its own energy.. instead of being a harborer of unsustainable society’s garbage..

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