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1:18 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Solar Jobs Shed Economic Light On Nevada

Solar panels on a residential rooftop in Phoenix, Arizona.
Credit SolarCity

Nevada is leading the nation in solar industry job growth. A new report from a nonprofit called the Solar Foundation says Nevada has the most solar jobs per-capita nationwide.

Just last year, the state added 3,500 jobs in that field, and a lot of those employees work for SolarCity in Southern Nevada. They've hired a thousand new workers since last spring.

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Business + Economy
8:49 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Reno's MidTown District: One Young Bar Owner's Story

Credit Alexa Ard

When KJ Flippen took over as the owner of the Zephyr Bar in 2011, it was in his words, "a dive." Today, it's a thriving lounge located in the heart of MidTown. Flippen talks with Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli about the Z-Bar's transformation and what it's like to be a young entrepreneur.
 

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Business + Economy
5:11 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Reno's Startup Row: A UNR Grad-Turned-Entrepreneur

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Tech entrepreneurs are calling a stretch of First Street in downtown Reno Startup Row. Nate Pearson is one of them. His company TrainerRoad makes an app to help cyclists train for races. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss caught up with him for our series on local small business leaders.

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Business + Economy
8:48 am
Thu February 12, 2015

The Changing Face Of Reno's Downtown And Its Small Business Community

On the corner of West and 2nd Street in Reno
Credit Neal Cobb

As Reno has changed over the decades, so have the small businesses that set up shop here. No one knows this better than local historian Alicia Barber. 

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Business + Economy
9:00 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Turning A Knitting Hobby Into A Multi-Million-Dollar Business: An Interview With Laura Zander

Credit Photo by Alexa Ard

Women-owned businesses in Nevada are growing faster in number and employment than other companies, according to a  2013 American Express studyJimmy Beans Wool started as a small yarn business in 2002 by knitting enthusiast Laura Zander. Last year, the company’s revenue exceeded $8 million.  Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray talks with Zander.

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Business + Economy
11:32 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Local Chef Embraces Farm-To-Table Movement: An Interview With Mark Estee

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Tesla and other big companies get most of the attention in Northern Nevada, but, actually, small business accounts for more than 40 percent of the state’s employment. Reno Chef Mark Estee, who owns Campo and the newly opened Provisions, is one of those job creators.  Reno Public Radio's Anh Gray sat down with Estee to learn more.

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Business + Economy
8:44 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Concern growing over possible bus service cuts in Washoe

Mark Tadder has relied on bus service more and more over the past few years as his vision has failed.

People in Washoe County who struggle to get around town could have an even harder time if bus routes are cut, which could happen if the transportation commission can't find more money. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Mark Tadder lives just a quick walk from a bus stop in northwest Reno, and that’s no accident.

“I started riding the bus in earnest about a year ago when my vision failed and I wasn’t really able to walk so much and get around that way.”

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Business + Economy
9:24 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Nevada's Tesla Battery Factory Triggers Wave Of Follow-Up Business

Tesla's massive factory is being built at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center outside Reno.
Credit TahoeReno.com

Earlier this year, Tesla Motors chose Northern Nevada for its battery factory in exchange for a huge incentives package. It's a bounty for communities there that, until recently, have seen years of slow economic recovery. Will Stone of Reno Public Radio reported for NPR's Morning Edition on the impact of this factory.

When Lance Gilman talks Tesla, it can feel like a return to the days of the Gold Rush, silver mining and pioneers.

"The new Comstock Lode is sitting right in front of us right now. There is going to be tremendous financial growth."

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Business + Economy
12:05 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Nevada could hit pre-recession job numbers by 2017

Nevada's Chief Economist Bill Anderson says the state is gaining jobs in all sectors, including one of its hardest hit--construction.

The number of jobs in Nevada could return to pre-recession levels by the end of 2017. That's the latest prediction from the state's chief economist Bill Anderson. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

During the recession, Nevada lost 175,000 of its nearly 1.3 million jobs. Bill Anderson, chief economist for the state's Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation, says Nevada has been slowly rebuilding its labor force over the past four years.

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Business + Economy
10:36 am
Wed November 26, 2014

EDAWN says region could see 50K new jobs in next five years

Mike Kazmierski is president of EDAWN, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.
Credit EDAWN

At a town hall event last week, one economic development expert in Reno said the region could see up to 50,000 new jobs in the next several years, largely thanks to Tesla. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details on that hefty projection.

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