Business and Economy

Tesla Holding Hiring Fair In Reno, Vegas

Jul 5, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Electric car maker Tesla is holding a job fair for its battery factory in Storey County.

The company is hosting an information session in Las Vegas on July 17 and another in Reno on July 23.

The invitation-only sessions will provide more information on available jobs including skilled technicians and production associates.

People who wish to receive an invitation to one of the events should visit a Nevada JobConnect site ahead of time.

The Link Between Brexit And Nevada's Gold Industry

Jul 1, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Market uncertainty following Great Britain's decision to exit the European Union has buoyed gold prices, and that's actually good news for Nevada. The state’s gold producers account for more than 70 percent of the U.S. total. As we wrap up our look at mining this week, Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey takes us on a tour of one of Nevada's largest gold operations.

I'm standing on a platform overlooking Newmont's gold quarry pit in northeastern Nevada, just outside Elko, where 225,000 pounds of explosives just detonated about a mile away. A huge plume of dust drifts into the sky.

Beatrice Murch, Flickr, CC by SA-2.0

Nevada’s prehistoric lakebeds are more than just picturesque, they’re the site of a lithium rush taking place on public lands. This quest for alkali riches has been fueled by a surge in worldwide demand for batteries.

For more than a century, prospectors have searched for lucrative minerals across the American West under the Mining Act of 1872.

That law allows them to stake a claim on a piece of ground and whatever minerals may be hidden beneath. Lately, in Nevada at least, the area drawing the most interest are its salty, ancient lakebeds.

Chris Vega/courtesy of ThisisReno.com

Electric carmaker Tesla has received and sold about 20 million dollars in transferrable Nevada tax credits as it starts tapping into a hefty incentive package that lured its battery factory to the state.

Tesla confirmed Monday that it sold the credits to casino company MGM in an arrangement first reported by ThisisReno. Bob Conrad runs that online news site and he's also a KUNR contributor.

Julia Ritchey

From geologists to truck drivers, women have been working jobs in the mining industry for much of the last half century. Yet for all their progress, women are still largely under-represented in the industry, prompting some trade groups to take a closer look at gender disparity. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey brings us the first in our series this week on issues in modern day mining. 

New Drone Regulations Good News For Nevada

Jun 27, 2016
Courtesy Drone America

The Federal Aviation Administration released its new regulations for drones this month, much to the excitement of Nevada companies. The new regulations open up air space for drones and lift onerous requirements around who can fly the unmanned aircraft. 

Holland and Hart Attorney Doug Flowers (left) invites Reno entrepreneurs to ask any questions they have at his annual event.
Natalie Van Hoozer

This is the second year for a series of meetings called 'Law on Tap' at the Depot Craft Brewery and Distillery in Reno. Here, local entrepreneurs can network and get free legal advice.

One of these entrepreneurs is University of Nevada, Reno, graduate Landon Gonzalez. He is in the early stages of creating his own outdoor apparel company and came to the event to learn how he can build his business from nothing.

Hundreds Gathering For Elko Mining Expo

Jun 7, 2016
U.S. Geological Survey

The Elko Mining Expo kicks off Wednesday in northeastern Nevada, drawing hundreds of mining companies, equipment manufacturers and other vendors.

The trade show will take place Thursday and Friday at the Elko Convention Center downtown.

Dana Bennett is the president of the Nevada Mining Association. She says depressed commodity prices for gold, silver and other metals have hobbled the industry in recent years.

UNR student Melissa Perez Rios, 21, plans to own a gym and restaurant in the future.
Natalie Van Hoozer

The Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada, Reno, is launching its Women’s Initiative. Reno Public Radio’s Natalie Van Hoozer has more.

A group recently gathered at the Innevation Center in downtown Reno to mark the start of the new project. It aims to connect local business owners with aspiring student entrepreneurs and build mentoring relationships.

Washoe Golf Course Owes $1 Million Says County

May 31, 2016
Bob Conrad

A local golf course's future is in question because its managers owe Washoe County a hefty bundle of fees. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com has the story.

The Washoe Golf Course, operated by Bell-Men Golf, Inc. since 1982, owes the county about $1 million in unpaid and late fees. 

“We’ve been working with the operator trying to get payments going," says Dave Solaro with the county. "That obviously has not happened."

Our series “Squeezed Out,” on housing shortages facing Reno and Tahoe, continues with reporter Amy Westervelt’s story on how tourism affects Tahoe residents.

On my street in Truckee, there are about 20 houses. But only three of us live here. That's not uncommon throughout the Tahoe region, where more than sixty-five percent of the housing stock is second homes. In many discussions of economic development and housing in the region, it's the elephant in the room.

Squeezed Out, Part One: A Look Beyond The Lake In Tahoe

May 17, 2016
Courtesy Domus Development

The Reno-Tahoe area is facing a severe shortage of affordable housing, impacting everyone from families to employers to even the police force. In this first story of our series on the subject, "Squeezed Out,"  Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt visited a side of Tahoe most people don't see. 

"I just kicked a liquor bottle, in a park where there are unfortunately a lot of kid bikes."

That's Heidi Hill-Drum, executive director of the Tahoe Prosperity Center, showing me around one of the few affordable housing options in King's Beach: a run-down trailer park.

Bringing Reno and Tahoe Techies Together

May 13, 2016
Rachel Arst McCullough

The monthly event series Silicon Mountain is celebrating a new livestream that lets anyone join in, and a regular viewing party at a Reno co-working space. Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt went to one of those meet-ups to learn more.

"Hi there, I'm here to talk about 'Why hackathons,' ..."

Chief Executive Magazine

Nevada ranks ninth overall for being business-friendly. That's according to a newly published survey of CEOs. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

Alexa Ard

Reno City Council got its first look at a proposed billion-dollar redevelopment project that would span several city blocks in downtown. 

The ambitious residential development, dubbed West Second District, would take 10 years to build and include the tallest building in the city, three acres of tree canopy and a park. 

Colin Robertson is the director of communications for the Don J. Clark Group, the principal architect and developer behind the project. He told council that the district will be focused on sustainability. 

Noah Glick

Former University of Nevada, Reno President Joe Crowley is releasing a collection of poetry this week. The book, entitled Hats Off to the Cap, is published by local, independent Baobab Press. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick recently paid them a visit.

As I walk into Sundance Books and Music, a quiet, yet imposing century-old Victorian nestled within Midtown Reno, I first notice the high ceilings and corner desk typewriter.

“What does your poem read here?” I ask.

“I think I put them in the right order. It’s Be Silly, Be Kind, Be Honest.”

Grooming The Next Generation Of Tech CEOs In Tahoe

Apr 18, 2016
Courtesy Sierra Nevada College

We’re headed into graduation season soon, and Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt has the story of one local college student who has already scored a CEO gig. 

By the time Sasha Severance celebrates her graduation from Sierra Nevada College in May, she’ll have been a CEO for about three months.

Severance owes that opportunity to Elevate Blue, a tech accelerator in Incline Village, which essentially builds companies around great ideas.

Men In Nevada Make 15% More Than Women

Apr 15, 2016
401(K) 2012 / CC BY-SA 2.0

A new study from Congress's Joint Economic Committee says in Nevada, men make almost 15 percent more money than women. But that's actually somewhat good news considering the national pay gap is 21 percent.

Noreen Farrell is executive director of the nonprofit group Equal Rights Advocates. She suggests the Silver State follow the lead of neighboring California and pass a law protecting workers who compare salaries.

Ready, Set, Pitch!

Apr 14, 2016
Startup Weekend Reno

The sixth installment of Startup Weekend kicks off Friday at Greater Nevada Field, formerly the Aces Ballpark, in downtown Reno. Our reporter Julia Ritchey has more. 

Aspiring entrepreneurs will brainstorm their best ideas over the weekend in a competition aimed at fostering startup culture.  

Attendees are given 54 hours to come up with an idea, form a team and work on a website and marketing plan before pitching to a panel of judges. 

Bryan McArdle of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada is one of the organizers.

So Apparently Nevadans Aren't Great With Money

Apr 8, 2016
WalletHub

Nevadans were ranked as some of the least financially savvy people nationwide. Reporter Rocio Hernandez explains why.

While the recession may have hit the Silver State hard, it's not the only reason it came in third as one of least financially literate states. The study by WalletHub, a financial site, found that many Nevadans lacked a rainy day fund and good credit scores. 

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