Rob Hooper has announced he plans to retire this year as head of the Northern Nevada Development Authority.
Hooper plans to stay on during the search for his replacement to help ensure a smooth transition.
He has been president and CEO of NNDA for the past 12 years.
Greg Dye, head of the NNDA executive board, said Hooper led the authority’s economic development efforts through the recession and the pandemic.
“He has positioned NNDA for an excellent future and we look forward to a seamless transition,” said Dye.
Before assuming the director’s post at NNDA, Hooper was a well-known business leader with three decades of experience in multiple industries including health care, financial services, manufacturing and retail.
Since 2010, NNDA has assisted 116 companies in relocating and expanding their business, reducing industrial vacancy rates in the area from 26 percent to 3 percent.
NNDA was Nevada’s first regional development authority, established in 1981, and is the regional development authority for the Sierra region which encompasses Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Mineral and Storey counties