Business and Economy

ESD America

The legal battle between the FBI and Apple has re-ignited the debate over privacy and security. As Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, a Nevada phone maker is taking the side of user privacy.

For 11 years, Nevada-based ESD America has been selling a phone, called a Cryptophone, that they say can’t be spied on.

Buzz Bruner is the director of strategy for the company and chatted with our media partner, KNPR in Las Vegas.

Tesla Defends Local Hiring Amid Lingering Protests

Mar 21, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Tesla says it is meeting its quota for hiring Nevadans, despite lingering protests outside their factory. 

During a tour for local media last week, a Tesla spokesman says they are not yet at full capacity, but are meeting their headcount for hiring locals at the plant.

Several dozen employees roamed about their massive production warehouse, which also houses temporary office space.

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The University of Nevada, Reno’s planned expansion toward downtown has raised concerns about the future of a few historic homes south of the university. Our Contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

The so-called gateway expansion is part of UNR’s master plan. It has drawn controversy and a number of citizens spoke out against the plan at last week's Reno City Council meeting

Reno Airport Seeing More Passengers

Mar 10, 2016
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More people are flying in and out of Reno than in years past. Our reporter Marcus Lavergne has the latest update from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

More than 3.4 million passengers came through the airport last year, an increase of almost 4 percent over 2014. This is actually the first year-over-year increase since 2005.

Airport CEO Marily Mora says this can be attributed to the growing regional economy, new flights being offered, and heightened efforts to attract tourists.

Washoe Business License Applications Moving Online

Mar 9, 2016
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Business owners will be able to apply and pay for business licenses and permits in Washoe County online, for the first time ever this summer. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez has more.  

The regional business license and permits program is an effort by the cities of Reno and Sparks along with Washoe County and the health district that will connect them digitally to customers. Amber Drlik with the City of Reno says this change has been repeatedly asked for in customer surveys.

The Basement: Touring Reno's New 'Hipster Mall'

Feb 28, 2016
Rocio Hernandez

An underground marketplace called The Basement has opened inside the historic 1933 post office in downtown Reno. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez took a tour of the renovated space and sends us this audio postcard. 

More than half a dozen shops are tucked between brick walls and under a maze of exposed pipes. I wander into Sugar Love Chocolates where store owner Krysta Bea Jackson is attending to new customers.

Jackson says her products are made from French and Belgium chocolate and natural ingredients such as fresh strawberries and pistachios. At least one customer is sold.

Sierra Nevada College

Sierra Nevada College, in Incline Village, hosted its own version of Shark Tank this week. Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt was there to hear the winning pitch.

Apparently, Canada has a coin problem.

"We do not have a one dollar bill. So what this means is every time you get 4.99 back in change? It's all in coins.  It's just ridiculous. Personally, I went through my car the other day and found $17 worth of Canadian coins in there, and I don't even live in Canada anymore."

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Nearly $5 million in gaming tax revenue has not been collected by Washoe County due to an accounting error. Our contributor Bob Conrad with ThisisReno has the story.

The tax went uncollected for more than five years and county officials say that money could have helped during the recession. County manager John Slaughter:

UNR Alums Want To Connect Students With Employers

Feb 12, 2016
Rocio Hernandez

After noticing how difficult it was to explore Reno’s job market, two University of Nevada, Reno alums decided to come up with a solution. With support from local business leaders, they’ve launched their own online platform called Dringo. Reno Public Radio’s Rocio Hernandez reports that unlike the typical job board, Dringo includes research and project opportunities for students.

Alexa Ard

We recently covered Directions 2016, an economics conference in Reno. Unlike in the past, this year’s conference included what's called a cultural forecast.  While other speakers focused on economic trends, Colin Robertson, curator of education for the Nevada Museum of Art, looked closely at the impact art could have on Nevada’s economy. To learn more, our reporter Rocio Hernandez sat down with him.

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