economy

A view of Lake Tahoe during the day.
Josh Clemence, Unsplash.com

The housing crunch is being felt across Northern Nevada, but up in Tahoe, the community faces a unique set of challenges. Seventy-eight percent of the homes in the Tahoe area are either vacation rentals or second homes. Meanwhile, many of the people who work in Tahoe can’t afford to live there. Heidi Hill Drum is the CEO of the Tahoe Prosperity Center; she spoke with our reporter Tim Lenard.

Kaleb Roedel

MedMen, a Los Angeles-based cannabis company, has opened up its $15 million marijuana factory near Reno. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has the story.

Nearly nine out of ten small business leaders across Nevada say the state’s economy is heading in the right direction. That’s according to an annual survey by Nevada State Bank. To break down that survey, KUNR News Director Michelle Billman talks to contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.

(left to right): Dilek Uz, Stephen Brown, Kimberly Robbins and Frances Moore discuss the economic impacts of climate change during UNR's Global Climate Change Summit, Saturday September 23.
Noah Glick

Scientists and community leaders gathered at the University of Nevada, Reno to discuss the impacts of climate change—on the environment and the economy.

ThisisReno.com

The City of Reno has given tentative approval to a project that would create a pipeline of treated effluent to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center which houses companies like Tesla and Switch. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke to our contributor Bob Conrad if ThisisReno to learn more.

The water is needed for Switch, Tesla and other businesses at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC).

Switch brought heavy-hitter “water czar” Pat Mulroy, formerly of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, to testify for the agreement, which mostly met with favor among council members.

Stephanie Serrano KUNR

The quinceañera industry is continuing to grow in Reno, increasing the economic impact in our community and providing jobs for many locals in the area. Our reporter Stephanie Serrano dives into the industry and explores what it takes to really put on a  quinceañera. Serrano is with Noticiero Móvil, a Spanish-English multimedia news outlet for Northern Nevada and part of the Reynolds School of Journalism. 

Noah Glick

The cannabis industry is projected to surge dramatically with the legalization of recreational pot in several states, including Nevada. But it’s not just the dispensaries who stand to benefit.

Paul Boger

The clock is running out at the Nevada Legislature, with lawmakers facing a midnight deadline to close out a state budget for the next two years. 

Michelle Matus

By legalizing recreational marijuana, Nevada voters have opened up the door for new businesses eager to serve this growing market.

But as Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, getting into the retail cannabis game comes at a high cost.

Nevada’s middle class is faring better than any other state in the nation, according to an economic report from Forbes.

The Silver State scored the highest on the magazine’s new “American Dream Index,” that measures seven key economic factors impacting the middle class.

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