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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Tammy Westergard

I joined the Carson City Library staff in June 2010 after nearly four years with the Carson City Office of Business Development. Since coming to the library, I've served on the library's foundation board and was part of a strategic team who opened the Carson City library's first branch: the Business Resource and Innovation Center (the BRIC). The BRIC is a specialized resource focused exclusively on supporting local businesses and is considered a representative example of the depth of expanded services that, if approved, are envisioned to be available through the success of an eight acre mixed-use development anchored by a new, 60,000 sf public library in downtown Carson City. Known as the City Center Project, the development aspires to connect commerce with culture and place life-long learning at the center of Nevada's capital city, forwarding our civic and economic health well into the 21st century.

As a life-long resident I've served in many community organizing and outreach positions. I'm particularly proud of my role as founding editor of Maggie Award nominee CARSON Magazine, a Gannett lifestyle publication. Also in my role with Carson City's business development office, I helped put the town back into downtown through development of a street life program that now includes summertime concerts, downtown farmer's market and wintertime ice skating. Just in time too ... as last year a ring road was completed around our downtown heart. These efforts were featured in PM Magazine's look at the importance of building business with foot traffic and in Urban Land Magazine's regional piece about Nevada and the capital city's downtown City Center Project. I also enjoyed teaching developmental English at Western Nevada College as adjunct faculty for 7 years. Currently I'm pursuing a master's degree in library science, as well as certification in fund raising excellence through the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Areas of Interest: 
project based learning,
digital media,
21st century skills,
fundraising,
community organizing,
advocacy