Lander County, Nevada is where your business has unlimited room to grow, and a lifestyle which blends the best of recreation and enterprise.
Battle Mountain is in the center of Nevada’s thriving mining economy which means growth, employment and income levels that are some of the best in Nevada. Agriculture also plays a significant role in the local economy. High quality alfalfa and alfalfa seed is produced and shipped throughout the West. Austin and Kingston straddle the Toiyabe Mountain Range and are rich in history and outdoor recreation
Located in north central Nevada, Lander County encompasses 5,621 square miles. Over 85 percent of the County is currently public land managed by federal agencies, making hunting and fishing, hiking and mountain biking abundant. South of Battle Mountain, the new Shoshone Off-highway Vehicle Trail System takes four-wheelers through stunning desert and mountain landscapes. The wide open basin and range territory makes Lander County a true sportsmen's paradise.
Lander County sports numerous cultural amenities such as the Battle Mountain Cookhouse Museum, St Augustine's Cultural Center, Hickison Petroglyphys, mining ghost tones and Austin, a stop on the Pony Express Trail and the Loneliest Road in America. It is one the nation's best examples of a preserved mining town; once home to more than 10,000 fortune seekers.
Community events are a part of the fabric. Lander County claims fame to celebrations and events which include, the World Human Powered Challenge, the Annual Basque Dinner and Picnic, the Performing Arts Crab Feed, the Community Christmas Celebration, the 4th of July Festival, Battle Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Movies in the Park, wine walks in Austin and Battle Mountain, the Chukar Tournament and Feed, the Lincoln Highway Car Show, the Austin Live Nativity and Kingston Christmas Village.
Rodeo grounds, a golf course, motorsports complex, athletic fields, skate park, community pools, and gun range rounds out the eclectic activities that are part of the Lander County lifestyle.
About the Lander Economic Development Authority
The Lander Economic Development Authority (LEDA) is an advisory board to the Lander County Board of Commissioners and acts as the lead agency for economic development within the County, including the communities of Austin, Battle Mountain and Kingston.
LEDA’s vision is to enhance Lander County residents’ quality of life through a self-sufficient and self-sustaining economy. In simple terms, the goal is to end the boom-bust cycle that is typical of Nevada’s rural communities which have been tied to the extraction of natural resource and those commodity prices since turning from territory to state.
The key strategy for LEDA is to strengthen, stabilize and diversify the economy through retention, attraction and expansion of business and industry. With a broader based economy -- built on education and partnerships – there will be the chance for sustainable development that will change the face of Lander County for future generations.
LEDA 2015 Projects
"Building Blocks of Great Downtowns" is hoped to be a blueprint for success in Battle Mountain. Working with local business and land owners, LEDA has brought in Michele Reeves of Civil Consulting to find practical solutions for long-term success for businesses. The LEDA goals in the program are to
LEDA hopes that a market-driven approach to civic renewal will connect businesses and property owners who can drive the engine of positive change and help reduce retail leakage and build more opportunities to serve the community with new and expanding businesses.
LEDA has partnered with the University of Nevada Center for Economic Development to conduct a Branding Study for the communities of Austin and Kingston in southern Lander County. The first phase is to conduct stakeholder surveys to gather qualitative and quantitative information. Ultimately, this will lead to a student-developed branding and marketing plan with an aim toward revitalization, diversification and increased tourism opportunities.
LEDA will join the Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority in July 2015. The partnership will address regional issues related to diversified economic development and economic growth and help better brand and market the communities in Lander and Elko counties. A key goal for NNRDA is to assist businesses and industry in their quest for an ideal location, particularly in the mining services and manufacturing sector.