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?
Cities tend to grow near rivers or sea ports, intersections of railroads or highways–places of opportunity made possible by new technology, be it boats, trains, planes, or automobiles. The fertile soil that these cities grow in is trade, commerce, the opportunity to do business more quickly with more people. As our technology evolves, some new cities grow, some older cities adapt, and some are victims of a kind of technological changing of the guard, dying or dwindling when they’re outmoded.
It was 2008, and the housing market had crashed through the floor. The Raydon brothers saw an opportunity to make an impact in Reno through responsible real estate and urban infill. “When the Marmot Companies first started, there was no shortage of vacant, distressed, abandoned, abused homes here in Reno,” says Gary Raydon. “That’s where we started.”
The Reno Technology Park has been a constant source of news since before construction began. It’s being treated as a harbinger of Reno’s bright tech future–and rightly so. With tech giants like NJVC and Apple moving into the park, Northern Nevada is seeing a huge amount of activity in the tech sphere. Steve Rosa, the chief developer in charge of the Reno Technology Park, told the Reno Gazette Journal‘s Jason Hidalgo, “Right now, we’re talking to a number of other data center companies. This Apple project alone represents millions of dollars of investment in the community, as well as a large number of construction jobs.”
For the second time in the city’s history, an area of Reno has been recognized for its rich history by being named a conservation area. According to KTVN, “The Wells Avenue area was chosen for the distinction because of its historical significance to the city. The district is marked by Holcomb Avenue to the west, Locust Street to the east, Ryland Avenue to the north and Vassar Street to the south.”
The Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET) and Reno Gazette Journal have announced the 2013 winners of their Entrepreneur of the Year Awards–and we Marmots are proud to be among the chosen few. The awards dinner will take place tomorrow night, February 21st, when we’ll be presented the award for the Small Company category.
It’s a brand new year, and for many out there, it’s time for a whole new look at living a healthy lifestyle. Whether you resolved to exercise more, eat well, drink less, be less stressed, or just generally live better, Reno is a prime spot to do it.
Once upon a few months ago, it was known as the “Cat Pee House” for reasons we don’t need to go into. Today, it’s stands as a testament to the RENOvative power of the Marmots. Here are a few shots from the before and after to give you an idea of the transformation this awesome house went through. Photos thanks to Rick Chapman, who did a photo essay on the before (available here), and thanks to Albert Lewis (check out his other work here) and REreno for the after shots.
Once business starts booming, the brilliant and ambitious minds behind start-ups have some money to spare, but until then, it’s a bumpy fiscal road. Big cities offer entrepreneurs lots of local opportunity–and a high cost of living. Being an ascetic business person is as well and good if you like artsy, one-room micro-lofts and reusing ramen broth after rationing the noodles, but if you’d rather be living it up while starting up a business, you need to make those funds stretch a bit further.
Reno is a great place to live, no two ways about it. We’ve got world-class outdoor destinations within driving distance, like Tahoe, the Sierras, Yosemite, and of course, the Black Rock Desert, home of Burning Man. In Midtown, new bars, restaurants, and shops are cropping up all the time. Our restaurants are receiving national recognition; our baseball team had a great year; and we just made the list of America’s 50 best cities. We love this place for good reason–and more and more businesses are starting to as well. The Biggest Little City’s economic future looks bright, but this time, it’s not because of all the neon. We’re geek farming.