Nevada’s Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison recently returned from a 10-day TravelNevada trade mission to China. One of his biggest takeaways is the Chinese — who make up the No. 1 foreign travel market for the U.S. — see the Tesla gigafactory near Reno as a major tourist attraction.
For about four weeks of classes for about $450 at the Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nick Freed learned the skills necessary to become a competitive job candidate for an entry-level material handler position at Panasonic, which is manufacturing batteries for the Tesla Gigafactory. And, because the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Truckee Meadows recently made money available to qualified applicants, he will be fully reimbursed for completing the program.
A study by a technology think tank indicates the high-tech boom is spreading nationally, and northern Nevada is on the growing edge. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) “High-Tech Nation” study released late last year examines 20 indicators of an innovation-driven high-tech economy to paint statistical portraits of all 435 U.S. Congressional Districts, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia. The study demonstrates that high-tech innovation plays a critical role in the economy in all four congressional districts in Nevada.
For anyone who has been paying attention to the developments at the TRI Center, it would be no surprise another world class operation is opening its doors at one of the world’s the largest industrial centers, currently home to companies like Tesla, Ebay and Zulily. In 2017, the wrappings will be taken off the latest high-tech operation at the immense industrial park as Switch christens its newest campus, and the first SUPERNAP facility of a planned 6,487,241 square feet of colocation datacenter space.
This is an article that has nothing to do with politics, party lines or conspiracy theories. This is an article that has everything to do with being co-inhabitants of Planet Earth. Why? At this moment, even though we got Rosetta to land on a comet, we really have no place else to call home. Our survival depends on clean air to breathe, safe water to drink, a climate that does not change drastically and flora, fauna and oceans that remain healthy and resilient. Going green is pursuing knowledge and practices that lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.
Over the last few years, Reno’s economic landscape has witnessed exciting changes. Companies like Tesla and Switch are moving into the area, bringing new faces and opportunities to our city. Other companies have announced plans to add hundreds of jobs. Local businesses are becoming excited about the prospects for growth and optimistic about their future. Likewise, small business owners in the region tell us they think this is a good time to grow, with the majority of small businesses planning to hire this year.
The Nevada System of Higher Education announced that hundreds of apprenticeships, aligned with manufacturing companies, will be made available in the coming years. Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College were awarded $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop the programs.