People: Rob Hooper to retire as Northern Nevada Development Authority CEO

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The Northern Nevada Development Authority on July 13 announced that President & CEO Robert “Rob” Hooper will retire this year.

A search is underway for his replacement “to allow for a smooth leadership transition,” according to a press release.

“On behalf of the NNDA Executive Board, I would like to thank Rob for his 12 years of valued leadership and significant contributions to NNDA,” Greg Dye, Chair of the NNDA Executive Board, said in a statement. “Rob has helped to lead and guide Nevada’s first and oldest regional development authority and its economic development efforts on behalf of Nevada’s Sierra Region first through the Great Recession and more recently through the COVID-19 pandemic. He has positioned NNDA for an excellent future, and we look forward to a seamless transition.”

Since 2010, NNDA has assisted 116 companies with relocation and expansion and reduced industrial vacancy rates from 26% to 3%, according to the press release. The organization’s economic development efforts have resulted in over $2 billion total economic impact for the region.

Before assuming the director’s post at NNDA, Hooper was a well-known business leader with three decades of experience in multiple industries including health care, financial services, manufacturing and retail. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Riverside.


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