Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities Initiative: TMT Roundatble, January 26th, 11:30–1pm

January 26th - Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities Presentation copy

What: A year ago, the Washoe County Health District and local health care leaders spearheaded the inaugural Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities conference and conversation. This event spurred targeted efforts to tackle poor health indicators associated with poverty, poor housing conditions, and lack of employment opportunities in high-need zip codes in the Truckee Meadows, including the 89502 community health improvement project. It also resulted in major grant funding for a three-year project addressing food insecurity and other social determinants of health, being led by the Food Bank of Northern NV. Join us for a presentation to learn about the initiative and the next steps needed to sustain the momentum of collaborative activities that is taking place. Speakers include Sara Dinga from Washoe County District Health, Cherie Jamason from the Food Bank of Northern NV and Oscar Delgado from Renown.

When: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Time: 11:30-1:00pm (*lunch and networking from 11:30-12pm, and presentation from 12-1pm)

Where: Washoe County Conference Room (1001 E. 9th Street, Building A, 2nd Floor, West End)

*Lunch sponsored by NV Energy

Please RSVP to Angela Fuss at afuss@cfareno.com 

$10 donation to TMT (free for TMT members)

The Drought and its Impacts on Development: TMT Roundatble, July 30th, 12-1pm

July 30 - Drought and Impacts on Development

What:  Impacts of the drought can be felt throughout the Truckee Meadows region.  Water conservation and sustainable development are key to reducing water demand and improving overall efficient water use.  A panel of speakers from TMWA, Di Loreto Homes and the Truckee Medows Fire Protection District will discuss current drought conditions, impacts on development and the region’s growth patterns, sustainable development practices and the drought’s impact on fire condition.

When:  Thursday, July 30, 2015

Where:  TMWA’s Office (1335 Capital Blvd)

Please RSVP to Angela Fuss:  afuss@cfareno.com

$10 donation to TMT (free for TMT members)

CIC’s Better Know a Community Indicator’s Project: TMT Webinar, June 12th, 10am

Want to learn more about TMT’s community indicator work? Sign-up for the Community Indicator Consortium’s 20-minute, coffee-break webinar providing a broad description of TMT’s structure, indicators and accomplishments on June 12th at 10am.

TMT has a new website!

 
 

TMT has measured how our residents live, learn, work, enrich their lives, raise families, and care for themselves and others for more than two decades.

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow is excited to announce the launch of its new website:  http://www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org/  Take a look at our new content and data visualization! It's a great way to learn more about the place you live.  Plus, now it's easier than ever to get involved by becoming a member, sponsoring an indicator or learning about TMT events. Some of the enhancements to the new site include:
  • Quality of life categories now on the home page — community indicators are just a click away
  • User-friendly, responsive, mobile platform — indicator data will display accurately on different screen sizes and devices
  • Site menu is always available — search the site for data or content
  • Interactive indicator data plots — faster response
  • Easier to download the data used to track the community’s well being from one location — saving yourself and your staff time and resources
  • Easier social media — news sharing
  • Responsive memberships — now on a 365-day subscription
  • Even better security —  full PCI-DSS compliance (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)
What’s coming?  A data mapping and visualization portal so you can learn about quality of life in your own neighborhood. TMT is looking for GIS volunteers willing to donate their time to assist in launching the new visualization tools by the end of this year.  Please contact TMT if you can help. We ask for your patience as we continue to migrate indicator data plots onto the new site.  But don’t wait—check out TMT’s new website today and then provide TMT with feedback (or like us on Facebook).  Enjoy!
For two decades, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) has collaborated with business owners, community leaders, educators, policy-makers and active citizens across Washoe Coutny, Nevada, and the surrounding region to set a value system of measurable and actionable indicators that help us monitor how we are doing as a community at preserving and enhancing our quality of life. TMT is the source for this comprehensive, unbiased data, and the catalyst for positive community change. TMT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, EIN:88-0290211, and  does not support or oppose candidates for public office. Contribution to Truckee Meadows Tomorrow may be tax-deductible under federal law. Truckee Meadows Tomorrow PO Box 33504 - Reno, NV 89533 info@truckeemeadowstomorrow.org unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
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Jan 29 2015: TMT’s 2015 Community Forum

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The public is invited to attend the event.

  • WHEN: Thursday, January 29,
  • WHERE: Renown Regional Medical Center Mack Auditorium, 1155 Mill St., Reno.
  • A networking reception will begin at 5 p.m., and the program will start at 5:30.

A panel of experts will discuss Childhood Reading Success and Its Impact on Quality of Life:

  • Traci Davis, WCSD, Interim Superintendent
  • Karen Barsell, CEO, United Way of No. Nevada & Sierra
  • Julie Ullman, Managing Librarian, South Valleys Library

Participants are invited to bring a new or gently used book for students in grades K-6 in support of the Washoe County School District Read and Succeed Program.

At the forum, you’ll also be able to:

  • Network with others concerned about quality of life issues
  • Enjoy food and beverages courtesy of WEA
  • View the “Take it Personally!” digital video/photo winners
  • Learn about the latest trends in our community’s 33 quality of life indicators
  • Find out how you can engage for community improvement.

truckee meadows tomorrow announces 2nd annual video/photo challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov 18, 2014
Contact: Mike McDowell
775-686-7439
mike@kps3.com

When it comes to quality of life, everyone can and should take it personally. That’s the message of a digital photo and video contest being held by Truckee Meadows Tomorrow.

The 2nd Annual “Take It Personally” contest challenges Truckee Meadows residents and
businesses to depict visually the ways in which they contribute to quality of life in our
community. To enter, simply produce a digital photograph or a video no longer than 60 seconds
and submit it to www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org

The contest runs through December 20, 2014. Complete details, contest rules and submission
instructions are posted at www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org

Cash prizes up to $500 will be awarded to winners in the Individual/Family category. The winner
in the Business/Organization category will receive sponsorship of a TMT Indicator, valued at
$1,000. The videos will be posted on TMT’s website, broadcast on local media, promoted on
social media and used as a call to action to other communities. Winning photos and videos will
also be used to represent the quality of life indicators on TMT’s new website.

Winners will be announced at TMT’s upcoming community forum on January 29, 2015,
beginning at 5 p.m. at Renown Regional Medical Center’s Mack Auditorium. This annual
gathering will also feature a panel discussion about early childhood reading success and its
impact on quality of life, along with TMT’s annual review of the 33 community indicator trends.
For more information about TMT and the video contest, visit TMT’s website or contact
mike@kps3.com
For over two decades, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) has collaborated with business owners,
community leaders, educators, policy-makers and active citizens across Washoe County, Nevada, and
the surrounding region to set a value system of measurable and actionable indicators that help us
monitor how we are doing as a community at preserving and enhancing our quality of life. TMT is the
source for this comprehensive, unbiased data, and the catalyst for positive community change. TMT is a
501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not support or oppose candidates for public office. Contributions to TMT
may be tax-deductible under federal law.

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truckee meadows tomorrow announces 2nd annual video/photo challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov 18, 2014
Contact: Mike McDowell
775-686-7439
mike@kps3.com

When it comes to quality of life, everyone can and should take it personally. That’s the message of a digital photo and video contest being held by Truckee Meadows Tomorrow.

The 2nd Annual “Take It Personally” contest challenges Truckee Meadows residents and
businesses to depict visually the ways in which they contribute to quality of life in our
community. To enter, simply produce a digital photograph or a video no longer than 60 seconds
and submit it to www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org

The contest runs through December 20, 2014. Complete details, contest rules and submission
instructions are posted at www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org

Cash prizes up to $500 will be awarded to winners in the Individual/Family category. The winner
in the Business/Organization category will receive sponsorship of a TMT Indicator, valued at
$1,000. The videos will be posted on TMT’s website, broadcast on local media, promoted on
social media and used as a call to action to other communities. Winning photos and videos will
also be used to represent the quality of life indicators on TMT’s new website.

Winners will be announced at TMT’s upcoming community forum on January 29, 2015,
beginning at 5 p.m. at Renown Regional Medical Center’s Mack Auditorium. This annual
gathering will also feature a panel discussion about early childhood reading success and its
impact on quality of life, along with TMT’s annual review of the 33 community indicator trends.
For more information about TMT and the video contest, visit TMT’s website or contact
mike@kps3.com
For over two decades, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) has collaborated with business owners,
community leaders, educators, policy-makers and active citizens across Washoe County, Nevada, and
the surrounding region to set a value system of measurable and actionable indicators that help us
monitor how we are doing as a community at preserving and enhancing our quality of life. TMT is the
source for this comprehensive, unbiased data, and the catalyst for positive community change. TMT is a
501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not support or oppose candidates for public office. Contributions to TMT
may be tax-deductible under federal law.

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truckee meadows tomorrow 2014 officers and directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar 10, 2014
Contact: Mike McDowell
775-686-7439
mike@kps3.com

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow announced that Patricia Downs, Director of Human Resources, Northern Nevada Medical Center, has been elected president of the board of directors.

Other 2014 officers include Amy Cummings, director of planning, Regional Transportation Commission; Shari Netzel, director of major giving, Renown Health Foundation; Amber Martin-Jahn, executive director, Nevada Volunteers; and Elaine Lancaster, executive director, Washoe Education Association, past president.

New directors also elected to the board were Erin Dixon, fiscal compliance officer, Washoe County Health District; Veronica Frenkel, organizational development officer, Washoe County; Angela Fuss, director of planning, cfa; Katherine Loudon, director, counseling equity and diversity, Washoe County School District; Zanny Marsh, development officer, public funding, Renown Health; Mike McDowell, director of web and digital media, kps3.com; Bonnie Saviers, freelance writer/editor; Katy Simon, president, Simon and Associates Consulting; Jeremy Smith, GIS/planning analyst II, Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency; and R. Craig Warner, retired (State Director of the Corporation for National and Community Service.)
For two decades, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) has collaborated with business owners, community leaders, educators, policy-makers and active citizens across Washoe County, Nevada, and the surrounding region to set a value system of measurable and actionable indicators that help us monitor how we are doing as a community at preserving and enhancing our quality of life. TMT is the source for this comprehensive, unbiased data, and the catalyst for positive community change. TMT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not support or oppose candidates for public office. Contributions to TMT may be tax-deductible under federal law. 

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tmt rewards videos from three local organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 24, 2014
Contact: Mike McDowell
775-686-7439
mike@kps3.com

Reno Gazette Journal recognized Truckee Meadows Tomorrow for its 25-second digital video “Take it Personnally!” contest.  Click here to read more (scroll to page 2).

truckee meadows tomorrow video contest winners—correction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 06, 2014
Contact: Mike McDowell
775-686-7439
mike@kps3.com

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow is proud to announce the winners of its “Take it Personally!” digital video challenge contest. The winning entries were submitted by Immunize Nevada, Campo and Washoe County Sheriff Internet Crimes Against Children program. Each organization received sponsorship of a TMT indicator, valued at $1,000.

The “Take It Personally” contest challenged Truckee Meadows residents and businesses to depict visually the ways in which they contribute to quality of life in our community. All 12 finalists are now posted on TMT’s website, http://www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org/news-and-events/events/tmt-video-finalists-announced. They will also be broadcast on local media, are being promoted on social media and will be used as a call to action to other communities.

Here are details about the winning video entries:

Immunize Nevada is a statewide non-profit organization that supports community partners to implement effective immunization efforts throughout Nevada. Its video featured the organization’s partners and staff describing what Immunize Nevada personally means to them, weaving in some favorite pictures of events and activities. TMT Indicator: Wellness & preventative healthcare.

Campo is a neighborhood restaurant that is a leader in the local food movement. The video features Chef Mark Estee of Campo demonstrating how he orders food from local farmers for the restaurant, supporting the local community. TMT Indicator: Development that encourages healthy lifestyles & neighborhood livability.

Washoe County Sheriff Internet Crimes Against Children program dedicates full-time resources to tracking down predators and helping bring them to justice while protecting the children of northern Nevada. The video describes a partnership that trains and equips investigators in becoming cybercrime fighters. TMT Indicator: Perception of safety.

The 25-second videos were shown at TMT’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, held January 23 at Renown Regional Medical Center.  At the celebration, attendees networked with others concerned about quality of life issues and learned how to engage for community improvement.

In addition, TMT’s Quality of Life in the Truckee Meadows 2013 report was distributed at the event. It describes ways in which quality of life has changed in the past two decades, provides a mini-review of early high priority indicators and changes, and a snapshot of the community’s 33-indicator trends today. The report can be downloaded at www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org.

For two decades, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) has collaborated with business owners, community leaders, educators, policy-makers and active citizens across Washoe County, Nevada, and the surrounding region to set a value system of measurable and actionable indicators that help us monitor how we are doing as a community at preserving and enhancing our quality of life. TMT is the source for this comprehensive, unbiased data, and the catalyst for positive community change. TMT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not support or oppose candidates for public office. Contributions to TMT may be tax-deductible under federal law.

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truckee meadows tomorrow 20th anniversary celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan 15, 2014
Contact: Mike McDowell
775-686-7439
mike@kps3.com

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow invites the community to join in a gala celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary.

The event will be held Thursday, January 23, 2014, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Renown Regional Medical Center Mack Auditorium, 1155 Mill St., Reno, NV 89502.

At the celebration, you’ll be able to:
• Network with others concerned about quality of life issues
• Enjoy food and beverages courtesy of Renown Health, as well as birthday cake
• Watch the 25-second “Take it Personally!” digital video challenge contest winners
• Recognize past TMT presidents and volunteers
• Find out how you can engage for community improvement.

The event is free to TMT 2014 members, and $20 for non-members, in celebration of TMT’s 20-year anniversary. You can sign up and purchase tickets at http://www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org/news-and-events/events/tmt-annual-meeting.

“Last year, our board took a deliberate step back to assess the sustainability of Truckee Meadows Tomorrow,” said TMT President Patty Downs. “After evaluation and input from a variety of stakeholders, we learned that TMT is important and needed for our community. So, we’re happy to announce that we’re back with renewed energy and focus. We’re excited to invite our supporters, past, present and future, to celebrate our 20th anniversary with us!”

To learn more about TMT and how you can become a member, please visit www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org
For two decades, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) has collaborated with business owners, community leaders, educators, policy-makers and active citizens across Washoe County, Nevada, and the surrounding region to set a value system of measurable and actionable indicators that help us monitor how we are doing as a community at preserving and enhancing our quality of life. TMT is the source for this comprehensive, unbiased data, and the catalyst for positive community change. TMT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not support or oppose candidates for public office. Contributions to TMT may be tax-deductible under federal law.        

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truckee meadows tomorrow extends video challenge deadline to january 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan 07, 2014
Contact: Mike McDowell
775-686-7439
mike@kps3.com

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow’s “Take It Personally” video contest deadline has been extended to January 15, 2014. That means you have more time to tell the community how you take quality of life personally.
The “Take It Personally” contest challenges Truckee Meadows residents and businesses to depict visually the ways in which they contribute to quality of life in our community. To enter, simply produce a digital video no longer than 25 seconds and submit it electronically to http://www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org/news-and-events/events/take-it-personally-contest. There you’ll find complete details, contest rules and submission instructions.

Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in the Individual/Family category: First place, $300; second place, $150; third place, $50. The winner in the Business/Organization category will receive sponsorship of a TMT Indicator, valued at $1,000. The winning videos will be posted on TMT’s website, broadcast on local media, promoted on social media and used as a call to action to other communities.

“We’ve already received several great videos, but we know that with the holidays not everyone may have had an opportunity to enter by year-end,” said Patty Downs, TMT president. “That’s why we’ve extended the deadline, and we especially hope to see more entries from individuals and families.”

Winners will be announced at TMT’s upcoming community forum on January 23, 2014, beginning at 5 p.m. at Renown Regional Medical Center’s Mack Auditorium. At the gathering you’ll be able to network with others who are concerned about quality of life issues; watch the “Take It Personally” video challenge winners; and find out how you can engage for community improvement. Food and beverages will be provided by Renown Health. The event is free to TMT 2014 members, and $20 for non-members, in celebration of TMT’s 20-year anniversary. You can sign up at http://www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org/news-and-events/events/tmt-annual-meeting
For more information about TMT, the video contest and the upcoming community forum, please visit TMT’s website or contact mike@kps3.com.

For two decades, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) has collaborated with business owners, community leaders, educators, policy-makers and active citizens across Washoe County, Nevada, and the surrounding region to set a value system of measurable and actionable indicators that help us monitor how we are doing as a community at preserving and enhancing our quality of life. TMT is the source for this comprehensive, unbiased data, and the catalyst for positive community change. TMT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not support or oppose candidates for public office. Contributions to TMT may be tax-deductible under federal law.

truckee meadows tomorrow announces video challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov 25, 2013
Contact: Mike McDowell
775-686-7439
mike@kps3.com

When it comes to quality of life, everyone can and should take it personally. That’s the message of a video contest being held by Truckee Meadows Tomorrow.

The “Take It Personally” contest challenges Truckee Meadows residents and businesses to depict visually the ways in which they contribute to quality of life in our community. To enter, simply produce a digital video no longer than 25 seconds and submit it to www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org

The contest runs through December 31, 2013. Complete details, contest rules and submission instructions are posted at www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org

The following cash prizes will be awarded to winners in the Individual/Family category: First place, $300; second place, $150; third place, $50. The winner in the Business/Organization category will receive sponsorship of a TMT Indicator, valued at $1,000. The winning videos will be posted on TMT’s website, broadcast on local media, promoted on social media and used as a call to action to other communities.

Winners will be announced at TMT’s upcoming community forum on January 23, 2014, beginning at 5 p.m. at Renown Regional Medical Center’s Mack Auditorium. The gathering will include a celebration of TMT’s return to full function after a period of inactivity.

“Our board took a deliberate step back to assess the sustainability of Truckee Meadows Tomorrow,” said TMT President Patty Downs.  “After evaluation and input from a variety of stakeholders, we learned that TMT is important and needed for our community. So, we’re happy to announce that we’re back with renewed energy and focus!”

For more information about TMT and the video contest, please visit TMT’s website or contact mike@kps3.com

For two decades, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) has collaborated with business owners, community leaders, educators, policy-makers and active citizens across Washoe County, Nevada, and the surrounding region to set a value system of measurable and actionable indicators that help us monitor how we are doing as a community at preserving and enhancing our quality of life. TMT is the source for this comprehensive, unbiased data, and the catalyst for positive community change. TMT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not support or oppose candidates for public office. Contributions to TMT may be tax-deductible under federal law.        

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update on truckee meadows tomorrow

Sparks Tribune, May 21, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2012
Contact: Mike McDowell
775-686-7439
mike@kps3.com

RENO — Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, a local non-profit, sent an announcement last week stating that, with the current economic climate, it was unable this year to conduct its annual community-wide survey. The organization has, however, been able to continue research into community quality of life indicators, which show both positive and negative movement in several areas.

A snapshot of those indicators is below:

  • For Families in the Truckee Meadows some “things” cost less: The cost of living relative to other cities has declined from 107.9 in 2006 to 98.3 in 2011, although food and transportation are rising in 2012. The housing opportunity index has risen with falling housing prices, from 17.3 in 2006 to 82.5 in 2011, making housing more affordable. Average monthly rent and utility costs have remained the same, at $873 in 2007 and 2010.
  • But families have less to make ends meet: The percentage of families with income below poverty has risen from 6.5 percent in 2006 to 10.8 percent in 2010; and the percentage of the area’s population without health insurance has risen from 17.4 percent to 22.3 percent for the same period. Median family income has fallen from $66,335 in 2006 to $61,119 in 2010. The percentage of people paying more than 30 percent of their income for rent and utilities has risen from 38 percent in 2006 to 45 percent in 2010 for owners and from 44 percent to 54 percent for renters. This reflects the impact of falling income and unemployment, even though housing costs have remained constant or declined.
  • While the economy stabilizes: Employment-to-labor force population ratio of 0.88, as of March, has improved to 2009 levels. The number of building permits rose in 2011 for Reno and Washoe County, while the valuation rose for all three local entities. The Washoe County Crime Index rates continue to trend downward, well below Nevada, the Western states and national rate.
  • Citizens are increasingly unengaged. Voter registration and turnout is trending down, and less than 45 percent of the eligible population actually votes. Citizen involvement with local governments is down during a time when difficult decisions are being made about essential or priority services.

Since 1993, TMT has been an authority, change agent and advocate, focused on improving the community’s quality of life through collaboration and partnership across northwestern Nevada. In 1996, TMT received a $750,000 grant from Washoe Medical Center (now Renown Health.), which supported TMT through 2001. Of that $750,000, community organizations received $500,000 to impact change in indicator areas. Since 2003 memberships, sponsorships, small grants, events and donations have sustained TMT programs, including updating its community indicators.

truckee meadows tomorrow announces third quarter silver stars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug 31, 2011
Contact: Mike McDowell
775-686-7439
mike@kps3.com

(RENO, Nev.) – Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) has announced its third quarter 2011 Silver Star award winners. These individuals and organizations have measurably improved education in the Truckee Meadows by positively impacting the following quality of life indicators:

  • Workforce developmentTMCC Business Plan Competition for partnering with the northern Nevada business community to prepare entrepreneurs from TMCC, TMCC High School, UNR, WNCC, and Sierra Nevada College resulting in more than 30 business plans submitted over four competitions, 8 finalists in the D.W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup and 6 new businesses by student participants.
  • Educational infrastructure to meet community needsGretchen Bietz, for raising over $20 million in five-years for the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum which will address discovery-style learning curriculum for all 3-5 grade students, not provided by the WCSD.
  • Educational successThe Nell J. Redfield School of Life:  Kathleen Sandoval, FYI Program Director, for helping 85 at-risk youth to “recover” over 180 academic credits in order to graduate and successfully enter post-secondary education or the workforce, via the alternative school launched by The Children’s Cabinet, fall 2008.
  • Educational successSuccess First Grant Initiative Program which has helped 500 first generation and first-time TMCC students to continue from one semester to the next, helping to improve TMCC’s new degree seeking cohort persistence rate from 68% in 2009 to 74% in 2010, the first year of the program, and a persistence rate for Success First participants of 83% from fall 2010 to spring 2011.
  • Community-wide involvement in educationWashoe County 4-H Youth Development Program for reaching 15,553 youth, ages 5-19, through the use of peer-reviewed curricula to teach science, technology, engineering, math, civic engagement and transferable life skills, primarily facilitated by 64 trained volunteers saving an estimate of $160,128 in 2010.

Recipients will be honored at TMT’s third quarter community forum on Thursday, September 22nd at KNPBChannel 5 Public Broadcasting (1670 N. Virginia St. on the UNR campus) from 5:15-7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the forum (free to TMT members and $10 for non-members), including a roundtable panel discussing quality of life as it relates to strategic education policy, plans and results.  The roundtable will be moderated by Bandon Rittiman, KUNR with the following panelists:  Assemblyman David Bobzien, Tom Fitzgerald from Nevadaworks, Mike Pomi from The Children’s Cabinet, and Jim Pfrommer from the Education Alliance of Washoe county.

“As Nevada continues to struggle, these Silver Stars are reinventing educational opportunities that will help students to succeed in life,” said Amber Martin-Jahn, president of TMT. We are excited to honor them at TMT’s quarterly forum series focused on the indicators, for the important work that they are doing to improve the community.”

This year, Silver Star nominations for the community’s 33 quality of life indicators will be accepted through the TMT Web site prior to each of the quarterly forums. Nominations will only be accepted for those indicators relevant to each forum topic.  The next Silver Star nominations will open later this fall.

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) is a community-based, non-profit organization whose vision is to enhance our community’s ability to continually improve quality of life in the Truckee Meadows through collaboration and partnership. As the recognized voice for quality of life in the region, TMT facilitates engagement to identify issues of community concern and the means to resolution, and provides unbiased, comprehensive indicator data measuring quality of life outcomes.  For more information, visit http://www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org

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truckee meadows tomorrow announces second quarter silver stars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jun 15, 2011
Contact: Mike McDowell
775-686-7439
mike@kps3.com

(RENO, Nev.) – Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) has announced its Silver Star award winners for the second quarter of 2011. These individuals and organizations have measurably improved the Truckee Meadows by positively impacting the following quality of life indicators:

  • Voter turnout—KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, for special public affairs programming leading up to the November 2010 general election, offering voters insights into issues and knowledge of the candidates’ positions on them, including Nevada Votes 2010, debates by Gubernatorial and Senate candidates, a “meet the candidates” forum in partnership with TMT, and other programs exploring ballot issues.
  • Economic vitality—Dave Asher for launching http://www.LiveLocalRenoSparks.com to amplify the value of local businesses and nonprofits through efforts to generate positive net revenue that stays in the region, such as new business-to-business alliances and the “10%in2010” campaign to shift 10% of non-local spending, or $350M in sales revenues to locally-owned independent businesses generating millions of dollars in local wages that stimulate our economy.
  • Affordable housing—Gary Longaker, Nevada Rural Housing Authority executive director, for helping communities meet housing and economic developments needs through innovative public and private partnerships, such as the Home at Last program helping 405 Washoe County, 114 Carson City, and 800 families statewide move from renting to owning a home, and saving Washoe and Carson City families $2.6M in down payment expenses and $1.8M in federal income taxes leaving that money to be spent in our community for other needs; weatherizing 240 low-income Washoe County households saving $225,000 in energy bills annually; and partnering with the Reno Housing Authority to secure over $20 million in grant funding to address Reno’s home foreclosure situation.
  • Community responsiveness to its most vulnerable populations—Family Resource Centers, through the Washoe County School District, for connecting 8,000 individuals and 2,200 families over the past 12-months to services providing basic needs assistance for food, housing, clothing and access to medical, dental and mental health care, including cash assistance through the state TANIF program and federal SNAP (food stamps) program; partnering with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Children in Transition, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program to help direct parents to essential public services for students; and resources or referrals to local programs that provide food, utility assistance, parenting education and adult literacy or education classes.
  • Community responsiveness to its most vulnerable populations—Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows for helping more than 200 vulnerable women in need of the skills necessary to successfully enter the workplace, through hosting “Making a Difference for Women” annual workshops, in partnership with local agencies such as Step-2, Hosanna House, Drug Court, Bristlecone Family Resources, JOIN, Job Connect, etc., covering the job application, mock interviews, how to network, career counseling benefits, a free clothes closet for workplace appropriate “shopping,” and the opportunity to apply for part of $5,000 in training grants to assist in increasing workplace marketability.

Recipients will be honored at TMT’s second quarter community forum on Wednesday, June 29th at KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting (1670 N. Virginia St. on the UNR campus) from 5:15-7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the forum (free to TMT members and $10 for non-members), which includes networking and a media roundtable discussing legislative impacts on quality of life and innovation needed to transform the community. Special thanks to Northern Nevada Business Weekly and KNPB for helping to sponsor this forum. “Acknowledging new Silver Stars each quarter for the important work that they are doing to improve the community, is an honor and a privilege for TMT,” said TMT President Amber Martin-Jahn. This year, Silver Star nominations for the community’s 33 quality of life indicators will be accepted through the TMT Web site prior to each quarterly forum. Nominations will only be accepted for those indicators relevant to the forum topic. The next Silver Star nominations will open later this summer. Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT) is a community-based, non-profit organization whose vision is to enhance our community’s ability to continually improve quality of life in the Truckee Meadows through collaboration and partnership. As the recognized voice for quality of life in the region, TMT facilitates engagement to identify issues of community concern and the means to resolution, and provides unbiased, comprehensive indicator data measuring quality of life outcomes. For more information, visit http://www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org ###