USDA visits county to handle tourism

The Ely Times

Philip Cowee, director of the staff and USDA, Kelly Clark, special projects, public affairs & native american Louise and coordinator Torres, USDA community development specialist met with several agencies to go over methods to update its Community Economic Development Strategy, a regional planning document that encourages collaboration and strategic methods to development.

The main focus of these visit was to spotlight recreation economy for White Pine County. A lot more than 34 community members from a number of different outdoor recreations groups met to talk about ideas about regional outdoor recreation goals.

During an interview, Cowee and Clark explained among their known reasons for visiting White Pine County was to create several partners together and see what they are able to have finished for Ely.

Clark said, “Among the plain items that we’ve heard once we started talking with people from Ely, is they have seen chance of mountain biking in Ely, plus they desire to maybe copy the model that Carson City has already established with investing in trails and attracting plenty of tourism through the trails and economic development.

“The Carson City Off-Road Race,  Weekend mountain Bike race brings over a million . 5 dollars in a single.  So, we’re here as partners bringing our resources to greatly help Ely become a patio destination.”

Clark continued to go over the assets that exist from Travel Nevada, the Recreational Trails Program, and Great Basin Initiative, a nonprofit group which has Americor and Vista volunteers that may plan trails and build trails.

When asked should they thought Ely was too remote for something similar to this, Cowee said, “I don’t think so. We’ve been speaking with Utah to create them in as somebody. Most people prefer to travel a couple of days when vacationing, so going for a couple of days to ride trails in Utah, they travel here and ride trails then, move ahead to Carson City, and maybe Tahoe then, so it’s all tied into one trip. people might have more options.”

The NDOT project was mentioned by Cowee how this is a good example of another exciting project for Ely. “I’ve seen what it’s done to downtown Carson City, McFadden Plaza, it opens up plenty of opportunities just.”

Clark continued to explain that certain of the plain items that has made these meetings  possible is that Caroline McIntosh, Recreation and tourism board member, and Cowee worked previously in Lyon County together.

“They will have a known degree of trust and understanding, when they began to discuss Ely,” she said. “It had been like were do we forward desire to move,  versus looking to get things established, and same with Kyle I and Horvath.  We worked in Carson City together.”

Cowee also noted he thought a large section of this effort has been here, arriving at Ely, “I believe it’s important once you say you’re likely to bring resources they’re brought by you,” he said.

the afternoon meeting

At, groups just like the Northern Nevada Railway, the Ely Shoshone Tribe, the Skeet and Trap Club and the High Desert Trail Blazers provided information regarding their existing events.

The Ely Outdoor Ely and Enthusiasts Shoshone Tribe shared ideas about fun runs and competitive races.

Ideas of regional outdoor activities were discussed aswell. Near the top of the list was mountain biking, trails on Ward Mountain, Cave Lake, developing wildlife viewing, and encouraging Silver State Trails along with other OHV activities.

Multiple agency staff from the constant state Parks Trail Program, International Mountain Biking Association, Great Basin Institute and the fantastic Basin Heritage Area provided information regarding funding or staff to aid outdoor recreation and trail building.

New Tourism and Recreation Director Kyle Horvath encouraged all of the attendees to help keep creating positive events for the city and focused on supporting them with graphics and social media marketing support.

of your day

At the finish, two representatives of the Nevada Off-Highway Vehicle Commission focused on holding their conference at the Bristlecone Convention Center later this fall, and two committees were created: one on funding support for recreation activities and another for trail coordination.

Horvath was happy with the city turnout and the support for outdoor recreation and looked forward to dealing with everyone to go projects forward.

Clark said, “When you’re considering partnerships, everybody will need their eyes spacious, the facts that people can together do, and just how do we together get this to all work.”