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

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


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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


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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

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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The Fiber Model: Startups and Reno’s Future in Technology

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.

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Reno’s Got Tech Talent

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.”

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Reno: Growing from Good Roots

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.”

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