EDAWN honors 10 ‘Arts & Business’ award winners for 2018
RENO, Nev. — Ten winners were announced Sept. 13 at the 2018 “EDAWN Arts & Business Luncheon and Awards” at the Eldorado Resort Casino.
This event was held in partnership with the city of Reno, city of Sparks, Sierra Arts Foundation, UNR College of Liberal Arts and the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) to recognize businesses and individuals who have “demonstrated exceptional support and engagement with the local arts and culture community,” according to an EDAWN press release.
More than 45 entrees were submitted; over 400 business representatives, government leaders and individuals in the arts community — including Sparks Mayor Geno Martini, Reno Councilmember Naomi Duerr and Sparks City Councilmember Charlene Bybee — attended the event.
The winners are:
Artown – Microenterprise Company Award (6 or fewer employees)
Living Stones – Small Company Award (7-49 employees)
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority – Medium Company Award (50-299 employees)
NV Energy – Large Company Award (300+ employees)
Christine Kelly, Sundance Books and Music – Leadership Award
William C. Thornton, Thornton Enterprises – Lifetime Achievement Award
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts – Excellence in Arts Business Management Award
Jen Johanson, Kendyl Depoali Middle School – Arts Education Award
Tilio Lagatta, Blackfire Real Estate Investors – Developer Award
Rotary Club of Reno – Service Club Award
The introductory 80-hour program — announced in May as one solution to Nevada’s oft-lamented skilled labor shortages — is designed to train people in construction, building maintenance and related trades.