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N E V A D A C O U N T Y B U S I N E S S L I V I N G A HOME SERVICES AND RELOCATION DIRECTORY Entrepreneurs Still Contributing RESOURCES Nevada County Economic Resource Council The Green Screen Institute 104 New Mohawk Rd., Nevada City (530) 274-8455; ncerc.org Tech Connection nctechconnection.org Connected Communities Academy connected.academy Sierra Commons Non-profit helps launch and grow businesses. Offers co-working, mentoring and education. (530) 265-8443 sierracommons.org Town of Truckee Information on starting a business. Section on growth and development. townoftruckee.com T he Gold Rush brought thousands of miners to Nevada County. But, it also attracted another group, entrepreneurs who provided food, goods and shelter often achieving greater wealth than the miners. Today, there is a place in the local econo- my for everything from small family busi- nesses to cutting edge tech companies and manufacturers that ship their products all over the world. The county is fortunate to have a history of tech companies that dates back to 1959 with the formation of Grass Valley Group (GVG). The company continues today as Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, and is an important world supplier of video equip- ment. Some of the area’s most successful companies were founded by former GVG employees. In Western Nevada County, there is a re- newed interest in undertaking projects that will provide additional housing and com- mercial space. A subdivision of single family homes is currently under construction, and a charter school broke ground on a multi-mil- A tech company in the Litton Business Park, one of several such parks in the county. lion dollar campus set to open in 2018. At the eastern end of the county, the Town of Truckee economy is for the most part tourist driven. There is not a great deal of manufacturing, although there is some light industry. The largest areas of employ- ment include government, schools and the hospital, as well as businesses geared to the needs of tourists. To an extent, development has returned to Truckee and several major projects are in the works including a subdivision, and a mixed use community that includes industri- al space. Economic Resource Council The Nevada County Economic Resource Council (ERC) is dedicated and positioned to assist in business attraction, creation and re- tention. It works with businesses looking to grow and entrepreneurs thinking of creating a business. One ERC goal is for Nevada County to be- come known as a hub for entrepreneurship and dynamic small business growth com- pared to other rural counties in California and the United States. It is promoting the county’s TOTAL Package – Talent, Outdoors, Technology, Arts and Lifestyle. Another project of the ERC is Tech Con- nection, an all things tech in Nevada Coun- ty website. A collaborative effort, it needs the participation of the tech community. The website has three sections that show- case Nevada County as an excellent choice for tech business, employees, development teams and freelancers to be located. The Green Screen Institute An initiative of the ERC, t