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Along with a panel of Nevada local judges, Google announced the five winning nonprofits for Nevada’s Google.org Impact Challenge last week.

Each of these organizations will receive $175,000 and, beginning on November 19, Nevadans are invited to vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ winner, who will be awarded an additional $125,000. In total, Google.org will contribute $1 million to Nevadan nonprofit organizations across the state.

“Earlier this summer, we announced the Impact Challenge Nevada during the groundbreaking ceremony for Google’s newest data center in Henderson,” said Andrew Silvestri, Head of Data Center Public Policy and Community Development. “The response from Nevada’s nonprofit community was remarkable. During this process, we were able to learn more about the wonderful organizations and how they are moving Nevada forward. We hope that our grant funding will help them to continue to do great work for the state.

The Google.org Impact Challenge supports ‘Grow with Google,’ the tech company’s initiative to create economic opportunities for people across the country.

Google selected a panel of Nevada judges to review applications from nonprofits across the state and chose five winners who proposed bold and creative ideas to create economic opportunity in their communities.

The five winners are:

  • JOIN Inc.: A workforce development career training agency with offices throughout Northern Nevada that provides access to free educational and occupational training.
  • Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS): A nonprofit corporation that assists the Nevada Unmanned Aviation Systems Industry by educating public and commercial Unmanned Aviation Systems to develop procedures facilitating safe integration into the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems.
  • Nevada Small Business Development Center: Helping Nevadans to start and grow their businesses by providing free one-on-one counseling services, workshops and courses.
  • Nevada Manufacturing and Tech Council (NMTC): Headquartered in Reno, NV and with offices throughout the state, this organization funds projects that bring capital investment into low-income and distressed areas.
  • UNSHAKEABLE: A nonprofit organization located in Henderson, Nev. that guides women recovering from trauma to re-enter the workforce and achieve financial independence.

For the next stage of the Google.org Impact Challenge, the public is invited to visit g.co/nevadachallenge to learn more about the nominees and vote for one organization to be named the ‘People’s Choice’ winner awarded an additional $125,000. Voting begins on Tuesday, November 19 at midnight and ends Tuesday, November 26 at 11:59PM.

The Nevada Google.org Impact Challenge statewide judge’s panel includes: 

  • Dave Archer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology
  • Chris Askin, CEO and President, Community Foundation of Western Nevada
  • Doug Erwin, Senior Vice President Entrepreneurial Development, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada
  • Peter Guzman, President, Latin Chamber of Commerce
  • Mary Kerner, CEO, Rural Nevada Development Corporation
  • Amy Purdy, U.S. Paralympic Snowboarder
  • Governor Brian Sandoval, 30th Nevada Governor
  • Marybeth Sewald, President and CEO, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

Google announced the Google.org Impact Challenge Nevada in July, when the tech company broke ground on a new data center in Henderson, Nev. The facility is a $600 million dollar investment by Google, and will create a number of new jobs in the state. In its 2018 Economic Impact report, Google announced that 14,000 Nevada businesses, website publishers, and nonprofits benefitted from Google tools and that it helped provide $3.22 billion of economic activity for Nevada organizations (source).