City of Reno

Alexa Ard

The City of Reno has hired a revitalization manager to help create a better business environment downtown. 

Bill Dunne will officially begin next week. He comes from Troy, New York, where he served as director of economic development and planning.

Assistant City Manager Kate Thomas says the position is a new one.

"As we recover from the downturn, we need someone to take a lead role in our planning, business expansion and economic development efforts," she says.

Washoe Business License Applications Moving Online

Mar 9, 2016
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Business owners will be able to apply and pay for business licenses and permits in Washoe County online, for the first time ever this summer. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez has more.  

The regional business license and permits program is an effort by the cities of Reno and Sparks along with Washoe County and the health district that will connect them digitally to customers. Amber Drlik with the City of Reno says this change has been repeatedly asked for in customer surveys.

Alexa Ard

Reno's City Council seat for Ward 1 is up for grabs and, so far, three people are vying for it. 

Michelle Billman

Candidate filing got underway Monday morning in Nevada, including the City of Reno. Our News Director Michelle Billman reports.

Reno City Clerk Ashley Turney spent Monday morning walking several candidates through their paperwork.

"We have been very busy this morning. We've had back-to-back appointments," Turney said. "We have already had six or eight candidates this morning in the first hour."

Civic-Minded Kids Present Their Ideas To Reno City Council

Feb 29, 2016
Carla O'Day

Mt. Rose Elementary students recently presented their ideas to city council to solve some of Reno's more pressing problems. Our contributor Bob Conrad with ThisisReno has the story.

Fifth grade students took turns sharing their ideas with the mayor and council members on issues like increasing local food options and helping the homeless.

"They have to walk around the street and try to make a living with nothing, and we want to change that nothing to something."

The Basement: Touring Reno's New 'Hipster Mall'

Feb 28, 2016
Rocio Hernandez

An underground marketplace called The Basement has opened inside the historic 1933 post office in downtown Reno. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez took a tour of the renovated space and sends us this audio postcard. 

More than half a dozen shops are tucked between brick walls and under a maze of exposed pipes. I wander into Sugar Love Chocolates where store owner Krysta Bea Jackson is attending to new customers.

Jackson says her products are made from French and Belgium chocolate and natural ingredients such as fresh strawberries and pistachios. At least one customer is sold.

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Advocates for the homeless are looking for a new shelter to serve more than 120 people each night in Reno. As Steve Shadley reports, they must find another location because the original building was vandalized.

Authorities say that it appears copper theft is the reason the overflow shelter, operated by the Volunteers of America Northern Nevada, can no longer house the homeless.  

Reno Mayor Wants Tighter Security At City Hall

Feb 19, 2016
ThisisReno.com

Mayor Hillary Schieve says Reno needs to consider tighter security measures at city hall after some disturbing incidents. Our contributor, Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has been covering this issue and has the story.

During public comment at last week’s city council meeting, a man played a song from a personal boombox after shouting obscenities during public comment.

Councilwoman Neoma Jardon says that when members of the public bring in these kinds of props to city hall, it make her nervous.

Idea Floated For Reno City Council In-House Reporter

Feb 16, 2016

A suggestion to have the Reno City Council hire its own reporter to cover itself was met with some resistance during last week's city council meeting.

Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

Reno Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus said that staff reductions at the Reno Gazette-Journal have impacted city hall news coverage and she wanted what she called more objective, in-depth reporting.

Cost Of RSCVA's Strategic Plan Is Doubling

Feb 6, 2016
Alexa Ard

A new strategic plan is underway for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, but not without some big kinks that will more than double the price of the project. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com has the story.

The RSCVA board voted recently to hire a local strategic planning firm to complete work that was started by an out-of-state company called CS&L.

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