Since the great recession, the Reno-Sparks economy has been on a roll — unemployment rates have plummeted and capital investments made by game-changing companies have surged. Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, has been helping lead the charge and keep the pace since arriving in Reno in 2011.
Reno Technology Academy at Multnomah University has received unanimous grant approval from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) board in the amount of $1.1 million. The funds will be used to launch the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cybersecurity Specialist Certification training programs. Both programs will be hands-on and take place at the Kietzke Lane campus in January 2019.
In Reno, 14 percent of startups moved from another city, drawn especially by the lower cost of doing business. And, strikingly, 52 percent of entrepreneurs in Reno came from somewhere else — with cost of living and quality of life as the main reasons. It’s all in a new report from Startup Genome, a business study supported by NCET.
Gambling means many things to many people. In Las Vegas, gambling means dice or cards. For the many startups in Las Vegas and in Reno and the rest of the state, starting a company is pretty dicey as well. Tesla bet on Reno for their new battery factory in Nevada, and startups in the area bagged more than $38 million in 2016, so the desert remains a hot place to be for new companies:
Small businesses drive both national and local economies. Join us as we bring corporations and government agencies together with small and diverse-owned businesses for a day of networking and cutting edge business education. More than networking, it’s about connecting with your community.
What homeowner wouldn’t like to live in a house that produces as much energy as it uses during the year? Such houses, termed “Zero Energy” homes (and their precursors, “Zero Energy Ready” homes) will be explained during a seminar on Friday, September 14, 2018, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at The Innevation Center University of Nevada, Reno, 450 Sinclair St. The public is invited but a $10 registration fee is required.
NCET members might remember a tour of the DRI Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory at a past NCET Tech Wednesday. On September 12, 2018, there is another great opportunity to learn about this fascinating technology at the Patagonia Outlet in downtown Reno.