More MarmArt

We’ve added quite a bit of new art (from local artists!) to the streets and alleyways around our Marmot burrows in Midtown. These art pieces are getting great response–and they’ve yet to be defaced, which is quite a feat considering the amount of graffiti these spots used to see. Check ’em out!

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Drones of Midtown: An inside look at the Innovation Center

Reno’s Midtown District has transformed many times through the ages. The cacophony of the railroad became the purr and rumble of traffic. The industrial din of warehouses and garages shifted to lively discussion and distant, only just discernible live music lilting on the breeze, to the sounds of construction, renovation, and renewal. An area of the Biggest Little City once dormant is now bustling–the restaurants, shops, and bars overflowing into summer streets full of festival, gaiety, and culture. Today, Midtown stands as a symbol of entrepreneurial tenacity and ingenuity, and in the ever-evolving soundscape the district offers, if you listen closely, you can hear the drone of progress. Read more

Our pipe dream: Why Nevada is perfect for the Hyperloop

Imagine a world where you can go from the ski slopes of Squaw to dinner on the Las Vegas strip in the same day. Imagine what Nevada’s tourism industry would look like with the ability to have dinner overlooking Lake Tahoe and then still catch a show in Vegas that same night. Read more

History of a Marmot Burrow

One of the many perks of renovating properties in one of Reno’s oldest neighborhoods (and newest conservation district) is bumping into some history along the way. We were fortunate enough to bump into a local with some photos of one of our properties from around Read more

Reno/Tahoe represents at Sochi 2014

We locals know that we live right next door to world-class snow, but it’s nice to show off some of the proof of the awesome training grounds right in our backyard (like four gold medals!!!). Here’s a quick look at all of the great athletes from the Reno/Tahoe area who represented the U.S. in Sochi this year:

Jamie Anderson from Lake Tahoe, CA, won two gold medals in snowboard slopestyle


Maddie Bowman from South Lake Tahoe, CA, won the gold medal in halfpipe skiing


Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 2
Travis Ganong from Squaw Valley, CA, competed in ski racing


Chas Guldemond from Reno, NV, competed in the snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle


Julia Mancuso from Squaw Valley, CA, competed in ski racing giant slalom, downhill, and super combined slalom, in which she earned the bronze medal


Marco Sullivan from Truckee, CA, competed in ski racing


Hannah Teter from Myers, CA, competed in snowboarding


Snowboard - Winter Olympics Day 4
Shaun White trains at Northstar California, competed in the snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle


David Wise from Reno, NV, won the gold medal for freeskiing halfpipe

Public transportation & Reno’s future

As Reno moves closer to the ideal of a ‘college town’, our stumbling blocks are starting to become more and more apparent. One of these trip-ups is our fair city’s various neighborhoods and cultural and educational centers–and the fact that they’re separated by residential areas or other, more “interesting” parts of town. If we could link the areas around UNR to the hospitals to Midtown to the rest of Reno’s burrows in such a way as to facilitate easy transport around, we’d be a giant leap closer to our ideal goal.

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Marmot Street Art by Erik T. Burke

As part of our continuing quest to bring up and beautify our neighborhood, we commissioned local artist Eric Burke to get artistic on a few Marmot burrows. Check out the fantastic results…

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Happy Holidays! A few reasons we’re cheerful this holiday season…

With winter finally officially here, snow on the ground from the ski resorts down to the valley floor, and the holiday season well up on us, we decided to go through a few of the reasons why we’re especially grateful to be based here in the Biggest Little City.

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FTZ 126: Northern Nevada’s Trade Secret

Above and beyond Northern Nevada’s great tax benefits and legal advantages for businesses, our state’s multiple national rankings for being business friendly, and the (also nationally ranked) lifestyle we all know and love, Reno has another notable draw for large corporations looking to set up shop in the area. Foreign-Trade Zone 126 (FTZ 126), as it’s designated, is one of the largest and most flexible FTZs in the nation. It’s primed to be one of the most utilized, and it’s role in Reno’s future isn’t a small one.

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Bringing It All Back Home: The Rise of Onshoring

More and more companies are following the trend of bringing manufacturing back to the United States. Apple, Google, Lenovo, Catepillar, G.E., and many others are already on this bandwagon and more are following every day. Northern Nevada’s inexpensive land, readily available power, and location have already made us a great place for data centers. Will high-tech manufacturing come next?

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