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1:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

New annual event will celebrate Reno as birthplace of blue jeans

Chris Baum with the RSCVA says the organization's forthcoming Blue Genes Jam will recognize Reno as the birthplace of blue jeans.

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitor's Authority or RSCVA has announced it's planning a new annual event for the region celebrating the fact that blue jeans were invented in the Biggest Little City. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss attended the recent press conference to learn more.

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Business + Economy
1:54 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Reno tourism officials have high hopes in wake of Tesla

Washoe County saw its highest average daily rate for hotel rooms ever last month, and Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that tourism experts are expecting even more dollars to come in as word about the state's Tesla "win" continues to spread.

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Business + Economy
10:12 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Nevada passes huge tax breaks for Tesla

The Nevada legislature has passed an unprecedented package of incentives for Tesla's massive gigafactory. Reno Public Radio’s Will Stone reports the governor signed the bill late Thursday night.

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Business + Economy
2:56 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

NV expects huge return on its deal with Tesla

Nevada and Tesla Motors have made it official: the electric car maker has selected a site in Northern Nevada for its coveted battery factory. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone reports the governor revealed some of the details behind the agreement, which could generate billions of dollars for Nevada, but also requires huge tax breaks.

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Business + Economy
3:05 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Tesla picks Nevada for gigafactory

Credit Tesla Motors

No official world has come from Governor Brian Sandoval’s office about Tesla’s 5 billion dollar gigafactory, but all signs indicate the state and the electric carmaker may have finally reached a deal. That’s based on several reports and Sandoval’s plan to deliver a big announcement Thursday afternoon.

 

 

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Business + Economy
4:14 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Watchdog groups demand transparency on Tesla incentives

Credit Tesla Motors

Nevada and four other Western states are serious contenders for Tesla Motor’s $5 billion battery plant. This week, several watchdog groups issued a public letter asking all those states to tell taxpayers what they are offering to entice the electric carmaker, which is asking for about $500 million in tax breaks and incentives.

Bob Fulkerson is with one of the advocacy groups, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. He says the letter makes several demands of the state governments involved in negotiations with Tesla:

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Business + Economy
10:31 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Drone company will bring 400 jobs to Reno

The Falcon drone designed by Ashima Devices. The company makes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help first responders gain situational awareness when they arrive on scene in an emergency situation, like a wildfire.
Credit Ashima Devices

A drone manufacturing company is moving its headquarters to Reno, bringing about 400 new jobs to the area over the next two years. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

Ashima Devices is relocating from Pasadena and setting up shop at the Reno-Stead Airport where the company will be researching, testing, and building unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. The company makes drones to help law enforcement, fire, and emergency crews gain situational awareness.

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Business + Economy
5:37 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Reid: Tesla using gigafactory like a "carrot on a stick"

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he’s not getting his hopes up about Tesla Motors setting up its multi-billion dollar gigafactory in northern Nevada.  

While he’d love to see the electric car marker end up here, Reid says the Silver State may have a tough time outcompeting places with deep pockets like Texas and California.

“This has been held out here kind of like a carrot on a stick for a long time.” 

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Business + Economy
4:40 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Few medical marijuana entrepreneurs step up to apply as state deadline approaches

The last day to apply for setting up a medical marijuana dispensary in Nevada is Monday. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that so far, the paperwork is trickling in at a much slower rate than officials expected. 

Early on, the state projected that about 450 eager entrepreneurs would come forward with business plans.

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Business + Economy
1:45 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Senator Heller says passing margins tax could jeopardize Tesla efforts

Senator Dean Heller speaks to reporters Monday after meeting with officials from Granite Construction Supply in Sparks.

Senator Dean Heller says Nevada's goal of enticing Tesla Motors to build a $5 billion battery plant near Sparks could be thwarted if voters approve the ballot initiative for a 2 percent margins tax this November.

The Republican lawmaker says he'll voice his opposition to the margins tax strongly because of how it would raise the corporate income tax. He says the initiative would hinder one of Nevada's major advantages in the race among multiple states to reel in Tesla.

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