Congressman Steven Horsford

Representing the 4th District of Nevada

Horsford's Yerington Jobs Bill Heard in Subcommittee

Apr 18, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) brought the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation for an initial hearing. Mayor George Dini of Yerington joined Representative Horsford in advocating for the bipartisan bill that will create thousands of jobs for Lyon County.

“It was an honor to present the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act with the support of Mayor George Dini this morning,” said Horsford. “Together, we urged the subcommittee to make this job-creating opportunity a reality for those in Nevada desperately seeking work. Members of the subcommittee from both parties understand that this legislation has strong bipartisan support and is a common-sense measure that will help spur economic growth in Nevada. I remain optimistic that we can get this done and get Nevadans back to work.”
The total expected economic impact from this legislation will create approximately 3,000 to 4,000 jobs including indirect employment effects. The mine itself will directly employ 800-900 people providing high quality wages for nearly two decades, which is in addition to the more than 500 people who will be employed during the construction phase.

The legislation will allow the City of Yerington to partner with Nevada Copper to develop roughly 12,500 acres of land surrounding the Pumpkin Hollow project site. The land conveyed by this bill will also be used for industrial, recreation, and infrastructure purposes that will create desperately needed jobs and economic development for Yerington. The bill also designates 48,000 acres of wilderness area, known as the Wovoka Wilderness, while protecting the rights and interests of ranchers and miners who earn their living on the land in the area.