Business and Economy

Marcus Lavergne

A new e-commerce company plans to bring 500 jobs to the Reno-Sparks area in the next 5 years. The news came at a press conference Thursday. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne was there and has the story. 

Jet.com has already opened its 160,000 square-foot warehouse in Northern Nevada. The company, which launched in July, is known as a “smart shopping platform” and competes with companies like Amazon.com.

Marc Lore is Jet.com's founder and CEO and spoke at yesterday’s event.

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The Lake Tahoe region is experiencing higher housing costs and stagnating wages for its workers. That's according to a recent economic prosperity report. To learn more, Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick chatted with Heidi Hill Drum; she's the executive director of the Tahoe Prosperity Center and one of the people behind this report.

Reno Airport Adds Rideshare Pickup For Uber Customers

Jan 20, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Rideshare company Uber is now allowed to pick up passengers at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Uber has been able to drop off customers at the airport since September, when they began operating in the state. But until Wednesday, they weren't able to pick anyone up.

Now, the rideshare service has a contract with the airport, like other ground transportation services, and its own designated pickup spot — away from the taxi line — complete with transit shelter.

City of Reno

Reno City Council unanimously approved an annexation request for a small chunk of Lemmon Valley, just north of the city, at its last meeting. That's despite complaints raised by several nearby residents.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman has the details.

The land is being eyed for development and its owner says the 730 acres would be ideal for new housing. 

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Reno City Council could vote Wednesday on annexing a slice of Lemmon Valley being eyed for development. Michelle Billman reports the decision raises larger questions among North Valleys residents about how growth is impacting their community.

City Council has already unanimously approved an ordinance introduction for the annexation. The owner says the land would be ideal for housing, which has some Lemmon Valley residents worried, including Doug Robertson who spoke up at the last council meeting.

Interview: What's In, What's Out For Downtown Reno

Jan 8, 2016
Mike Higdon

We've seen a flood of business news this week with Reno Provisions shutting its doors and the announcement of a major retailer coming to the heart of Reno. Our reporter Julia Ritchey caught up with the Reno-Gazette Journal's Mike Higdon to get the inside scoop on downtown development in 2016.

Higdon says the closing of Reno Provisions, following a highly publicized E. coli outbreak, is a major blow to the foodie movement.

Luiza Vieira

 

Some companies in Reno like Microsoft and Renown are getting pretty creative with their team building activities by sending employees to what are called escape rooms. Contributor Luiza Vieira visited the business Break Through Reno to find out what it's all about.

 

Imagine you're locked in a room full of secrets and the only way to escape is by finding hidden clues inside drawers, books and behind maps.

 

Julia Ritchey

Christmas came early for electric carmaker Faraday Future after Nevada lawmakers approved a $335-million incentive package over the weekend.  The deal is meant to breathe life into a recession-battered part of Southern Nevada.

The package clears the way for Faraday Future to begin work on a $1 billion manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas, an area Mayor John Lee says has been starved for development.

Lawmakers Hash Out A Workforce Pipeline For Faraday

Dec 18, 2015
Julia Ritchey

Lawmakers are inching closer toward a tax package today aimed at luring electric carmaker Faraday Future to North Las Vegas.  One key component to the package is a revamped workforce development program.

Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey is in Carson City with the latest.

While top lawmakers have been working all Friday to resolve some sticky water rights issues, the assembly has had the even less sexy task of tackling workforce development.

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No deal has emerged yet as lawmakers enter their third day negotiating a deal to bring electric carmaker Faraday Future to Clark County. 

While state officials say the plant would kick-start development in a hard-hit area, lawmakers have several issues they want ironed out.

Our reporter Julia Ritchey has been camped out in Carson City and has the latest.

 

Many lawmakers predict the tax incentive package will eventually pass, though they're less certain of when.

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