EDAWN Coin awarded for commitment to economic development

The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) last year recognized John Handzo, pollution prevention projects manager at The Nevada Business Environmental Program, and Rod Jorgensen, director of counseling at the Nevada Small Business Development Center, a program of the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno, for their significant contributions to environmentally sustainable economic development.

The EDAWN Coin award, which both Handzo and Jorgensen received, is awarded to those who are known to have made exceptional leadership, engagement and/or cooperation in supporting Reno-Sparks regional economic development efforts.

Though Handzo and Jorgensen work in different capacities, both are known for their hands-on approach to helping small businesses succeed in northern Nevada with their work for the Small Business Development Center. Handzo is also highly involved in helping businesses become, and stay, environmentally conscious as the Pollution Prevention Projects Manager at The Nevada Business Environmental Project.

“EDAWN’s recognition of these community members is yet another step towards incorporating the University’s business school with the northern Nevada business community,” Sam Males, state director of the Nevada Small Business Development Center, said. ■