Our most successful community outreach was undertaken when we exhibited at the annual Fallon Cantaloupe Festival and Country Fair, an event attended by nearly 15,000 people from Fallon, Fernley, Reno and other Nevada cities and towns. Equipped with core samples, a binocular microscope, thin sections, and some modest giveaways, all of which attracted visitors to our booth. The cores and the microscope helped us initiate conversations with many booth visitors. We discussed the project with approximately 400 people, who responded very favorably and asked dozens of thoughtful questions. The team was available over the four-day period of the Festival to answer questions of all kinds frankly and honestly, including questions about water use and induced seismicity. We distributed nearly 200 marketing brochures about the project that were developed specifically for this event, and and received a very positive response from nearly everyone who stopped by the Fallon FORGE booth and spoke to us – including representatives from DOE and Senator Heller’s office.
State & Local Gov.
State of NV , Governor’s Office of Energy,
NV Division of Minerals (NDOM).
NV State Sen. James Settelmeyer.
NV Assembly Member Robin Titus
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation in Reno,
Mayor of Fallon,
Fallon City Engineer,
Churchill Economic Development Authority Executive Director,
Churchill County Manager,
Churchill County School Superintendent
Fallon Cantaloupe Festival & Country Fair,
Churchill County Museum and Archives,
NV Division of Water Resources
Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) US and International Geothermal Showcase,
2018 Stanford Geothermal Workshop
Educational Benefits to the Surrounding
World-class R&D facility
As a world-class R&D facility operating over a 5-year period, the Fallon FORGE project will support economic prosperity in the City of Fallon and in Churchill County. The presence of leading researchers from across the United States in a top-notch R&D program will contribute to economic stability and build educational awareness about the role of geothermal as a major source of clean, renewable energy for Nevada and the nation.
We Pursue Excellence
With access to the US Department of Energy’s education and outreach programs and new educational initiatives being developed by the Fallon FORGE Team, additional STEM curricula options
for K-12 students will be offered to the Churchill County School District, and educational trips to the Fallon FORGE site will be facilitated. In addition to employment opportunities for local contractors
and students, internships will be available to high school and college students in the areas of renewable energy, national security, and more.
- Increase the community’s visibility.
- Provide income for local businesses.
- Lead to possible workforce development opportunities.
- Broaden K-12 students’ knowledge of renewable energy technologies through outreach and field trips.
- Provide educational opportunities and beneficial experience through student internships and post doctoral positions.