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City of Reno division named Good Government Award finalist

Post Date:03/12/2014 5:28 PM
The award is a product of the Nevada Taxpayers Association, which held its Membership Meeting & Luncheon Program on March 4 in Las Vegas.

The finalists were recognized Cashman Good Government Awardat the 92nd annual meeting and luncheon, held at The Orleans Hotel & Casino. The Business License Division received accolades for its Business License Improvement Project geared toward new businesses. Five City of Reno departments (Building, County Health, Environmental Control, Fire and Zoning) worked together with a consultant to streamline the approval process.

“We are proud that we were selected for such a prestigious award,” Community Development Director Fred Turnier says. “The City of Reno strives to be more efficient and responsive to our business community. Business Relations Program Manager Michael Chaump and his team deserve special recognition for this honor.”

Improvements for new area business owners include a 70-day reduction in processing time and no retroactive or surprise fees. A major benefit to the City of Reno is a combined savings of approximately $100,000 a year, and customers are responding positively, having rated the process an average of 3.8 on a scale of 1 to 4.

The other finalists of the 17th annual Cashman Good Government Award were Clark County’s Business License & Technology Departments and Priority Based Budgeting of Douglas County, the latter of which was named the winner. The award was established in 1997 and spotlights government employees who work to spend taxpayer dollars smarter and more efficiently.

Photo Caption: City of Reno Business Relations Program Manager Michael Chaump (right) holds the Cashman Good Government Award while posing with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

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