As the lead agency for economic development in the region, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) believes that the intrinsic benefits of ideas and innovation are vital to economic development and a prospering community; which is why we strongly support The Stages at Northstar. This welcomed addition to the arts and culture offerings in the region will add a needed venue that will advance our thriving arts and culture community. It is the arts that not only inspires creative thinking, but also stimulates economic vitality. The Stages at Northstar will create local and regional jobs, generates government revenue, and boosts resident and visitor spending. There is no doubt that The Reno-Sparks-Tahoe community will greatly benefit from The Stages at Northstar both culturally and economically.