Technology can touch our lives either through incremental improvements or through revolutionary developments that change the way that things get done. Reno-Tahoe International Airport these days is home to both types of technological innovation as it continues to invest in improved safety and convenience for the thousands of travelers who rely on the airport daily.
The Northern Nevada economy is growing after years of economic decline and soft recovery since the Great Recession of 2008 through 2010. In the years following such harsh economic reality, it would be easy for local jurisdictions throughout Northern Nevada to think and act inward. Instead, the region has grown increasingly interconnected.
An entrepreneur who launches a software company can get down to work about any place that has a table, a chair and decent wi-fi access. But what about entrepreneurs with great ideas for hardware, the things that exist in the real world? Where will they find the tools they need to create a prototype? And perhaps more important, how will they learn to use the tools?
When Guy Gardner bought Quality Plastics in Sparks in 1983, the company had a single piece of technology: a photocopier. Today, the company’s staff of 35 relies extensively on the tools of technology to design and manufacture often-complex plastics products for business-to- business, business-to- government and business-to-consumer markets.
The Biggest Little City just scored a big milestone. The first building in Switch’s Citadel Campus officially opened for business at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center east of Reno-Sparks earlier this month. Called “Tahoe Reno 1,” the 130-megawatt facility is one of several data center buildings planned for the project.
When most of us think about technology, we think about devices created with tiny, super-fast semiconductors and manufactured by outfits such as Apple and Lenovo. We don’t often think of products 5 feet in diameter or manufacturing techniques that require the application of 2,000 tons of force. And we might not think about Dynamic Isolation Systems as a technology company at all.