ECEDA: Encouraging Economic Growth in Elko County

ECEDA: Encouraging Economic Growth in Elko County

With a population of more than 50,000, Elko County, located in the northeastern corner of Nevada, is a growing area with a high quality of life. It contains the cities of Carlin, Elko, Wells, and West Wendover as well as the unincorporated towns of Jackpot, Montello, and Mountain City. The area has a very strong sense of community and the citizens enjoy a satisfying four season climate, moderate cost of living, 120 acres of public parks, quality education and health care, and strong economic growth.


Elko is located on the Humboldt River in the west central part of Elko County. Elko is the largest urban area and center of commerce and government in northeastern and north central Nevada. Elko was listed in the 1993 book, The 100 Best Small Towns in America, by Norman Crapmton. The annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering draws crowds from across the region. The town serves as the county seat for Elko County, the sixth largest county in the country. Elko is approximately halfway between Reno/Sparks (295 miles to the west) and Salt Lake City (237 miles eastward). Boise, Idaho is 246 miles north on State Route 223. The city encompasses a 10.6-square-mile area.
Carlin is 271 miles east of Reno/Carson City, 24 miles west of Elko and 261 west of Salt Lake City. Its location off I-80 makes it a natural stopping point for motorists. Few places are as rich in the past and present of railroading as Carlin.


Strategically located at the crossroads of Interstate 80 and U.S. 93 and served by both Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroad, Wells offers an outstanding business climate, quality of life and recreational opportunities. Wells lies 345 miles east of Reno/Sparks, 50 miles east of Elko and 187 miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah. The city has constructed an industrial 160 acre industrial park that is fully served with water, sewer, electricity, and telephone. The park offers parcels of various sizes and is ready for your business. The Wells Industrial Park has been located to benefit from multi-modal transportation opportunities required for manufacturing, shipping and distribution.

West Wendover

West Wendover is 120 miles west of Salt Lake City, 404 miles east of Reno/Sparks and 400 miles north of Las Vegas.

As the “Economic Diversification Authority” ECEDA’s mission is to encourage and coordinate, diversified development and economic growth in Elko County. ECEDA is committed to the future of Elko County and the prosperity of its citizens. Our commitment will help you change the “world” of your business. We look forward to helping your business become part of our Elko county family.

The ECEDA Board of Directors is composed of elected officials from each of the participating cities, the County, and representatives of major local businesses. The Board meetings are held monthly. For a meeting schedule or agenda, please contact ECEDA at

ECEDA is a professional non-profit economic development authority devoted to assisting businesses and industry in their quest for the ideal location to establish or expand operations. All inquiries are handled in a strict confidential manner.