The Guinn Center moves to UNR

The Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities – Guinn Center – a long-standing non-partisan state-wide research and policy center in southern Nevada is now hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) . It will now have an office on the Reno campus, while maintaining a presence in southern Nevada in an office on the College of Southern Nevada campus in North Las Vegas.

“Guinn Center staff will continue to divide their time between Las Vegas and Reno to ensure our statewide focus,” members of the Guinn Center management team wrote in a December editorial.

The mission of the nonprofit is to advance evidence-based policy solutions through research, public engagement and strategic partnerships. It was founded by former UNR President Joe Crowley and former Harrah’s Entertainment CEO Phil Satre.

In the proposal to move the center to UNR, it was noted that the move could help the university maintain its status as an “R1” institution under the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education Institutions, a status reserved for institutions. which produce the most amounts of research.

As a non-partisan think tank, the Guinn Center works with practitioners to provide analysis, develop and implement evidence-based programs and testing solutions.

“The University and the Guinn Center will benefit from this formal affiliation,” said Jeff Thompson, acting executive vice president and rector of UNR. “We look forward to seeing our faculty and students build on our previous collaborations and continue to provide expertise on a wide range of public policy issues that are central to the research of the State and the Guinn Center.”

Dr Nancy Brune, Executive Director of the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities.

The Guinn Center recently successfully partnered with the university’s School of Community Health Sciences through a rural health and safety education grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. United.

“We believe that the Guinn Center’s affiliation with the university will serve our respective entities and the Silver State,” said Guinn Center executive director Nancy Brune. “A strong higher education system is essential to Nevada’s ability to compete in the global market for ideas and to contribute to our economic recovery. New policy choices based on sound research, sensible and pragmatic thinking, and bold ideas can pave the way for a better future.

The Guinn Center has published over 60 policy reports in the areas of fiscal and fiscal policy, education, health, social policy, economic development, workforce development, good governance and energy.

Brune also said the Guinn Center is financially self-sustaining and will continue to seek external grants and philanthropic support to fund its operations.

For the past six plus years, the Guinn Center’s policy reports have been used to inform legislation and policy. In September 2020, a report released by the center detailing how communities of color are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic gained media attention.

To learn more, visit the Guinn Center website at

Source: UNR

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