Business and Economy

Will Stone

Affordable housing doesn’t seem like an obvious topic for the Tahoe Summit, but housing and lake clarity are linked. Our Tahoe reporter Amy Westervelt has that story. 

How One Reno Business Handles Burning Man Traffic

Aug 30, 2016
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Burning Man organizers are estimating the regional economic impact of the festival to be $45 million this year. Our contributor Brook Bentley of Northern Nevada Business Weekly explores how one Reno business has been handling the influx.

A popular stop for many burners is the Whole Foods Market on South Virginia Street. On a normal day, the store averages 3,500 transactions, but around Burning Man, that number jumps to 5,500.

Study Proves Tahoe Housing Crisis Is Real

Aug 28, 2016

A study of housing in Truckee and north Tahoe released this week reveals some troubling realities about the region. 

The results of the Truckee-North Tahoe regional housing study, commissioned by the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation, are unsurprising to locals: A third of Tahoe residents spend more than half their income on housing, and close to 65 percent of houses in the region are vacation homes. 

Elevate Blue

Some tech companies are opting to open offices in Tahoe rather than Reno these days. Our reporter Amy Westervelt talked to a few to find out why.

Tahoe is full of Bay Area folks every weekend, looking to get away from the rat race and relax.

“There were a bunch of people who said, ‘You know, I’m here. So if there was an office, I would actually work here even though I might be in San Francisco four days a week.’”

Nevada Mulling New Rules For Daily Fantasy Sports

Aug 23, 2016
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Daily fantasy sports sites that were ordered to stop Nevada operations last year because they didn't have a gambling license could be making a comeback.

Fan Duel and Draft Kings back a proposed bill that would give the sites a new pathway to operate legally in Nevada.

The state's Gaming Policy Committee, which makes recommendations for lawmakers, held a hearing on the matter on Tuesday. 

Chris Groves, a gambling industry analyst, listed benefits to regulating the growing industry. 

Nevada Department of Transportation

With the Tesla gigafactory now officially open, we know that more businesses and more people are coming to Northern Nevada. That’s going to put a strain on roadways and transit. To learn what local officials are doing to plan ahead, our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Lee Gibson. He’s the head of the Regional Transportation Commission, or RTC, in Washoe County. 

Natalie Van Hoozer

In the latest installment of our ongoing series, Behind the Battery Boom, we take a look at what happens when we have more lithium-ion batteries to dispose of. Reporter Amy Westervelt has that story.

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State officials say they're seeing fraudulent unemployment claims using the personal information of some Nevada employees. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has more.

The state has notified employees that their personal information may have been breached. The data may include an employee's name, date of birth, and social security number.

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The Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency is in charge of coordinating with the cities of Reno and Sparks, along with Washoe County, on land use planning. That includes conversations about resources, like water, and infrastructure, like roads and schools.

“One of the other pieces that we’ve really been prioritizing over the past four years or so is predicting population growth and employment growth and talking about where that’s going to happen in our community,” explains Kim Robinson, the agency’s executive director.

With Nod To The Past, West Elm Opens Downtown

Aug 10, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Upscale furniture store West Elm opened its doors in downtown Reno on Wednesday, marking another step in the revitalization of the city’s core.

The 11,000-square-foot store is the first major retailer to open downtown in several decades.

It's located inside the fully renovated old Post Office building overlooking the Truckee River.

Spokeswoman Nicole Sutliff says they kept several of the old features of the building.

Tesla's Here, But What About The Workforce?

Aug 9, 2016
Julia Ritchey

One of the biggest promises Tesla has made to Nevada is its commitment to hire thousands of people for well-paid jobs at the gigafactory. In the latest installment of our series Behind the Battery Boom, reporter Amy Westervelt looks at how the company will deliver on that promise in the face of a looming labor shortage.

I’m standing in what will soon be the new advanced manufacturing lab at Truckee Meadows Community College. Jim New, the school’s dean of technical sciences, is showing me around.

Reno Collector To Preserve Iconic Motel Signs

Aug 8, 2016
The Golden West Motor Lodge sign on Virginia Street in Reno.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Reno City Council recently voted to demolish two downtown motels, leaving some residents wondering, “What will happen to their neon signs?” 

EV Charging Stations: A Growing Patchwork

Aug 8, 2016
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As part of our ongoing series on Tesla, Amy Westervelt takes a look at the state of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and whether or not it’s easier to get around without gas these days. 

Cargo shorts are a staple of men's summer wardrobes.

But the actor Matthew McConaughey, always one for existential questions, had this to ask: "Are they long short pants or short long pants?"

Craig Ferguson, talking to McConaughey in a 2014 episode of The Late Late Show, piled on.

University of Nevada, Reno NAASIC

A partnership between The Boeing Company’s unmanned aircraft systems design team, Insitu, and the University of Nevada, Reno could help improve the way drones fly. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

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Median housing costs have risen to more than three-hundred-thousand dollars, the first time prices have hit that mark since the recession. That's according to a recent report published by Northern Nevada Business Weekly.

Business and construction are booming in Reno, and that means even more students for the already-overcrowded Washoe County School District. In the latest installment of our series Behind The Battery Boom, looking at Tesla's impact on Northern Nevada, we break down the complex relationship between economic development and local schools. 

Bob Conrad

The Tesla gigafactory has officially opened, but questions remain regarding how northern Nevada is preparing and responding to economic growth spurred by the company. To explore this issue for our series Behind the Battery Boom, we turn to our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno who recently toured the plant.

The Aqua Metals refining facility is located in Storey County’s Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.
Natalie Van Hoozer

The Tahoe Reno Industrial Center just welcomed a company in the battery industry, but it’s not Tesla.

Aqua Metals, a company which recycles lead batteries, held a grand opening to unveil the world’s first facility for a process company executives call “AquaRefining.”

More environmentally friendly than smelting, “AquaRefining” dissolves the lead acid from batteries in a water solution instead of heating it and causing emissions.

Battery Tech: Lithium Ion And Beyond

Jul 28, 2016
Whitney Powell

As part of our series Behind the Battery Boom, we’re taking a look at a key element of the factory: batteries. Lithium-ion batteries to be exact, and whether the electric vehicle industry’s multi-billion-dollar bet on the technology will pay off.

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