EDAWN CEO Mike Kazmierski.
Earlier this month, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada honored 59 companies that either relocated or expanded within greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe, Fernley and Washoe and Storey counties the past two years.
Roughly 5,600 new jobs are expected over the next five years from the nearly 60 companies, according to a Dec. 16 press release from EDAWN, which notes that average salary rose in 2021 to $64,000 annually.
Companies representing the Technology and Manufacturing sectors composed more than 60 percent of the 59 companies, 29 of which chose to relocate their corporate headquarters to Northern Nevada, according to EDAWN.
“Despite the pandemic, our region has continued to grow,” Mike Kazmierski, CEO of EDAWN, said in a statement. “More importantly, we are attracting quality companies bringing the higher paying ‘jobs of the future’ to our region. The continued development of our advanced manufacturing and technology sectors will continue our diversification efforts and lead our community to economic success for many years to come.”
EDAWN honored the companies at its “10th Annual New and Expanded Companies” reception held Dec. 16 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.
More than 400 business and government leaders attended the event, including Sparks Mayor Ed Lawson, Reno City Councilmember Naomi Duerr, Fernley Mayor Roy Edgington, Story County Commissioner Jay Carmona and Washoe County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung.