The struggle of MedMen president and co-founder Andrew Modlin to get in that one, final snip serves as an almost poetic metaphor for the challenges faced by any company that tries to get into the legal marijuana business. Just like his cannabis firm transitioned from an upstart company into a major player in a multibillion-dollar industry through the efforts of several people, however, Modlin eventually manages to cut through the chunky ribbon with a little bit of help. A year and a half since breaking ground just 10 miles east of Reno-Sparks, MedMen’s large, state-of-the-art cannabis factory was officially unveiled to the assembled crowd.
We recently hosted the largest and most exciting technology conference in the history of Reno-Sparks: the VentureBeat Blueprint conference, an event that looked at ways to expand high tech across the country. In attendance were more than 300 tech executives and government leaders from more than 40 states, many that had never been here before!
The poster in the lobby of Intelligent Lifecycle Solutions says it all: “Protect Mother Earth!” Deeper inside the cavernous warehouse in industrial Sparks, three dozen workers are doing just that by dismantling — “destroying,” in company lingo — countless discarded computers, cell phones and assorted other electronics, all in the name of sustainability.
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.
Exhibitor booth registration is now open for the 6th annual Governor’s Conference on Business. This year the event will take place at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada on August 17, 2017. Be sure to visit NCET’s booth at the event.
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?