Six representatives from Las Vegas stopped in Winnemucca on a rural tour spanning approximately 30 communities in six days to visit with small business owners, community leaders and local citizens. Pictured (left to right) Americans for Prosperity Community Engagement Director Marcos Lopez, Concerned Veterans of America (CVA) Community Engagement Director Luis Vega, Americans for Prosperity Nevada State Director Juan Martinez, Americans for Prosperity Community Engagement Director Michael Moeimi, Libre Initiative Community Engagement Director Eddie Diaz and Americans for Prosperity Community Engagement Director Wiz Rouzard following the Winnemucca community breakfast at Sid’s on Friday.
Six representatives from Las Vegas stopped in Winnemucca on a rural tour spanning approximately 30 communities in six days to visit with small business owners, community leaders and local citizens. Pictured (left to right) Americans for Prosperity Community Engagement Director Marcos Lopez, Concerned Veterans of America (CVA) Community Engagement Director Luis Vega, Americans for Prosperity Nevada State Director Juan Martinez, Americans for Prosperity Community Engagement Director Michael Moeimi, Libre Initiative Community Engagement Director Eddie Diaz and Americans for Prosperity Community Engagement Director Wiz Rouzard following the Winnemucca community breakfast at Sid’s on Friday.
Three organizations from the Stand Together network were recently represented in northern Nevada as part of a tour of six representatives from Las Vegas to talk with community leaders, small business owners and community members, stopping in Winnemucca along the way. 

The tour included six representatives from Americans for Prosperity, Concerned Veterans for America an the Libre Initiative respectively, all organizations represented under the Stand Together Network. 

“The Stand Together Network is a group of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations dedicated to bettering the lives of Americans by breaking through the internal and external barriers that keep people from realizing their true potential,” said Americans for Prosperity Community Engagement Director Mike Moemi in an email. “We are devoted to the idea that people who have the opportunity to learn, contribute and succeed, are capable of accomplishing extraordinary things.  With that in mind, we seek to enable all people to improve their lives and find fulfillment by helping others do the same.”

Moemi said Americans for Prosperity looks to protect people’s rights by stripping away the many barricades to self-improvement, entrepreneurship and equality and reminding state and local governments that their duty lies in protecting the rights of their constituents. Americans for Prosperity is represented by 36 state chapters across the United States. 

“Small business owners are the heartbeat of every community, most people don’t know that 80-90% of our economy is actually small business owners,” said Americans for Prosperity Community Engagement Director Wiz Rouzard. “These are the people who put their entire life on the line to provide a product or service for their community. That there is something we hold near and dear to our hearts.” 

Rouzard said that Americans for Prosperity aims to create a platform where small business owners can have their voices heard by government regulators regarding taxation and regulation. 

Community Engagement Director Luis Vega said the mission Concerned Veterans of America (CVA) is to educate, connect and empower veterans - educate them on policies and benefits that they earned and help them preserve the freedom that they sacrificed for, connect them with resources other nonprofits, other benefits that they may or may not know of and empower them by financial literacy classes. A lot of PTSD, sucide prevention training, horse therapy, activities such as axe throwing and archery, “veteranpreneurship” to help veterans start businesses. 

Vega explained that the rural tour was meant to be a “friendly intro” tour to connect with the northern Nevada communities as a new face for CVA and that they plan to return in another six months for an event in Winnemucca to help veterans. 

Vega said the CVA has been involved in the VA modernization act which audits facilities and advocates for quality of care for veterans as well as advocating for federal policies affecting veterans. They also advocate for a smaller footprint in the middle-east. 

The third organization represented in the tour, the Libre Initiative is said to work with the hispanic community in the U.S. to equip them with the tools they need to prosper and improve the economic well-being of the country through a vast majority of events and outreach. 

Although many of the services offered by the three visiting agencies are only offered in the south, the representatives said their goal of the rural tour was to meet community leaders and form partnerships to be able to partner in the future to outreach to citizens of northern Nevada and provide resources when possible to assist in efforts in solving community problems.