Ely, Nevada Selected to Host 2016 NSS Convention
Recently approved at a Board of Governors meeting in Florida, the town made a good impression on organizers during a visit last fall when they toured the convention center, fairgrounds and local school facilities. The team was particularly impressed with the friendly nature of the city and county government.
The NSS actually prefers to bring our annual conventions to smaller towns, not only are they closer to the wilderness areas our members explore, but, quite honestly, it’s easier to do business with a community when you don’t have to sort through a massive governmental overhead. Matt Bowers, 2016 NSS Convention Producer
During the week-long event, Ely’s population of over 4000 is expected to experience an influx of over one thousand cave explorers from across the nation as they converge on the town.
Most people don’t realize the number of great caves we have in this area. When you include our ghost towns and other attractions, I’m sure we can make a good time for the NSS convention. John Hickman, Ely’s Mayor
In addition, the 75th anniversary celebrations will coincide with two other significant milestones, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and the 30th anniversary of Nevada’s Great Basin National Park which is located only 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Ely.
Leading up to the convention, organizers will make additional visits as they refine their plans. As the event draws closer they hope to offer a number of opportunities for the local community to learn more about their plans.
Although our convention sessions are only open to members of the society, we like to share as much as possible with the local residents. Our members are passionate about the exploration and conservation of caves. We’re already looking at ways we can share that with the citizens of Ely in 2016. Matt Bowers, 2016 NSS Convention Producer