Stories for April 2021


Friday, April 30

Brokers: Reno-Sparks office market faring better than once feared

Regardless of the many ups-and-downs of 2020 and the unknown risk factors brought on by COVID-19, the Reno-Sparks office market wasn’t pummeled as hard as some expected, brokers said.

First building in 4,300-acre Victory Logistics District near Fernley breaks ground

The project’s first speculative building, an 815,000-square-foot distribution facility designed by HPA Architects, broke ground last month. Alston Construction is the lead contractor.

Q-and-A: What does DETR’s reinstated work search requirement mean for unemployment claimants?

Starting Sunday, claimants filing through any Nevada jobless benefits program will need to certify and document that they are engaged in activities such as applying for jobs, networking, retraining or promoting their business if they are self-employed.

Federal Home Loan Bank program offers up to $22,000 in grants for first-time homebuyers

The programs are being implemented by 36 participating FHLBank San Francisco member financial institutions, including Greater Nevada Credit Union and WestStar Credit Union in Nevada.

People: Pathways to Aviation adds new board memebers

Pathways to Aviation, a Reno-based nonprofit organization, recently welcomed five leaders to its board of directors

People: Patrick Beauchamp joins Shaheen Beauchamp Builders

Carson City-based Shaheen Beauchamp Builders recently welcomed Patrick Beauchamp as a construction Project Manager.

Thursday, April 29

After dour outlook in 2020, Reno-Sparks retail market primed for big-time bounce-back

Reno Public Market — where Sprouts opens in 2 weeks, and CVS just reopened in a new location — is one of the more high-profile retail developments that has seen vertical movement amid the pandemic. Despite the industry being ravaged throughout most of 2020, optimism in the retail sector abounds.

Nevada casinos rake in $1 billion in March; all-time records set

Nevada casinos took home $1.066 billion in gaming win in March, the best month in over 8 years — what's more, some reporting areas reported all-time monthly records.

Twenty Under 40 Q-and-A: Kat Geiger of Thrive Wellness

"What I definitely see is that we have a huge need for more mental health services. We’re extremely under resourced."

Jim DeVolld: Preparing your business for ‘recovery’ success (Voices)

"As a banker, a Nevadan and a strong supporter of our community, I wanted to pass along some advice to help your business prepare for future success."

People: Dr. Josh Meier named a Fellow of the American College of Surgeon

Dr. Meier, who founded Reno Tahoe Sinus Center in 2017, was among 1,993 surgeons from around the world to be initiated into the American College of Surgeons.

People: Charlie Blair promoted to Director of Operations at Western Nevada Supply

Western Nevada Supply recently announced the promotion of Charlie Blair to Direction of Operations.

Wednesday, April 28

Keystone Commons development forges ahead with renewed confidence

“We had 90% of this center in LOIs (Letters of Intent), and overnight it went to zero," S3 Development founder Blake Smith sayid with a wry laugh when reflecting on how COVID pumped the brakes a year ago on the much-anticipated Keystone Commons development at Fifth Street and Keystone Avenue.

Past Pages, April 25, 2011: Hospital revenue woes and a financial path for Rancharrah

Ten years ago, the NNBW included a story on big revenue losses at downtown Reno's two biggest hospitals and a feature on a plan toward financial stability for the landmark Rancharrah property.

'Turn toward entrepreneurship': Reno company sees revenue triple as LLC formations surge

"We were the beneficiary of that turn toward entrepreneurship. From the second half of March of last year through today, there has been nothing but an upward trajectory," Greg Martin, president of Inc. Authority, told the NNBW's Kaleb M. Roedel.

Buzz Harris: Considerations when deciding to purchase a small business (Voices)

When deciding to buy a business, prospective buyers sometimes are faced with the following dilemma: Do I buy an existing business, or do I buy a new franchise?

Report: Luxury home sales increased dramatically in 2020 in Northern Nevada

About 87% of Northern Nevada luxury sales in 2020 took place in neighborhoods southwest of Reno or in Incline Village.

People: Travis Hansen of Dickson Commercial earns SIOR designation

Hansen began his brokerage career in 2012 and joined Dickson Commercial Group in 2017.

Tuesday, April 27

Herb your enthusiasm: Supplement sales surge as consumers seek natural immunity boosts

Tom Stewart, owner of Truckee Meadow Herbs in Reno, says his suppliers are so swamped that all sorts of products are either delayed getting to his shelves or not showing up at all. It’s a hard pill to swallow for his business and plenty other retailers.

Solid Reno-Sparks multifamily fundamentals creating fierce competition for investment

Billions of dollars of institutional investment money, low interest rates and unparalleled demand to deploy capital out of California and into Nevada has created a perfect storm for owners of multifamily apartment complexes across greater Reno-Sparks.

Plenium Builders: a positive outlook for our region's future (sponsored)

Plenium Builders is a full-service residential and commercial general contractor. The firm combines the expertise and precision craftsmanship of a true builder with the powerhouse resources of a stand-out general contractor.

Covering Your Assets: Important tax filing changes to remember (Voices)

While the IRS this year postponed Tax Day to May 17, 2021, the due dates for estimated tax payments for 2021 were not postponed.

Sisolak stepping away from plan for autonomous ‘Innovation Zones'

Blockchains Inc. ran a series of television ads and hired more than a dozen lobbyists to push the proposal, and the governor’s office hosted a virtual roundtable in late February to promote the concept.

People: Nevada State Bank hires Tony Garcia as VP, Corporate Relationship Manager

Garcia received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Monday, April 26

Brokers: Record pre-leasing, unprecedented demand putting serious pressure on industrial real estate market

There is currently 4.2 million square feet of industrial space under construction across greater Reno-Sparks, a figure greater than any high-water mark achieved prior to the recession — yet that space isn’t able to drive down vacancy rates because tenants are queuing up to ink deals on those buildings.

CA sandwich chain Togo’s to open in Sparks, plans larger Northern NV expansion

Togo's plans to open its first local franchise this year in Sparks. The company says Northern Nevada has potential for at least a dozen more restaurants, with Reno-Sparks, Carson City, Winnemucca and Elko as targets for expansion.

Nevada casinos to follow new county rules on occupancy, social distancing on May 1

The Nevada Gaming Control Board says casinos and other gaming establishments will follow capacity limits and social distancing requirements set by their counties when the state turns pandemic health and safety decision-making over to local governments on May 1.

JSX adding Vegas, Oakland flights from Reno next month

Initial one-way rates start at $99 for JSX service from Reno to Las Vegas and Oakland, beginning May 21.

People: Melanie Stewart joins team at ArchCrest Commercial Partners

ArchCrest Commercial Partners this month announced the addition of Melanie Stewart to the firm as Transaction and Marketing Coordinator.

People: Kayden West new business development director at Sierra Nevada Properties

Sierra Nevada Properties announced recently the hiring of Kayden West as business development director.

Friday, April 23

Reno land trust embarks on housing development for priced-out families

“As much affordable housing as possible is needed right now because we have such a shortage,” says Michelle Duggan of the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada.

Washoe plan to reopen businesses 100% sent back to drawing board

All other Nevada counties’ proposals advance through review process

As of Thursday, all counties except Washoe had completed the planning process and secured the required endorsements in order to receive local authority on May 1.

Harvard Business Review handbook a must-read for family businesses (Biz & Books review)

"Authors Josh Baron and Rob Lachenauer pack their book with information that pokes into the corners of every family business imaginable."

Reno's jobless rate ticks down to 4.6%; Vegas remains sore spot

Reno's 4.6% jobless rate in March was a slight improvement from February's mark of 4.8% — and when looking year over year, nearly a full percentage point better than March 2020's rate of 5.5%.

People: Wes McQuillen, Alana Ridge, Kyle Robertson reelected to NCET board

Wes McQuillen, Alana Ridge and Kyle Robertson were all reelected this month to the board of directors of the nonprofit NCET.

People: Dr. Aaron Dieringer named assistant admissions dean at UNR Med

UNR Med recently named Aaron Dieringer, M.D., MPH, as assistant dean of admissions and chair of the admissions executive committee.

Thursday, April 22

Former Nature's Bakery owner plans large-scale commercial bakery in Minden

David Marson, the former owner of Nature's Bakery in Carson City, purchased a 31-acre parcel in Minden for $4.5 million in February. A two-phase commercial bakery and distribution center encompassing 488,000 square feet is planned.

Contractor: Reno-Sparks Spaghetti Bowl project ‘right on schedule’

Although the pandemic caused project managers to develop new strategies to stay on track, construction of the Spaghetti Bowl Xpress 'is right on schedule," says Seth Alexander, project executive at Ames Construction.

Twenty Under 40 Q-and-A: Renown Health’s Chris Nicholas

"Now people are looking for places they want to live, knowing that they can work from where they live, as opposed to living where they have to work."

Miles Construction: The role of advanced manufacturing in Northern Nevada’s development future (sponsored)

Miles Construction’s expertise has uniquely positioned the company as the go-to design and build construction firm for advanced manufacturing and distribution facilities.

People: Sierra Nevada Properties announces quartet of promotions

Julianne Holt, Julianne Holt, Spencer Bitz and Eric Gothan were all recently promoted to various management roles at Sierra Nevada Properties.

Western Governors University creates ‘Essential Workers Scholarship’

The deadline for Nevada essential workers to apply for the $3,000 scholarships is June 30.

Wednesday, April 21

Contractor Q-and-A: Quartet of Northern Nevada companies discuss state of industry

From project delays to rising supply costs to contact-tracing COVID cases, over the past year Northern Nevada construction companies have scrambled, pivoted and adapted on the fly as the economy broke down and then, many months later, began to rebuild.

Blame for death of Nevada housing bills falls on special interest groups, lack of prioritization

Opponents of the affordable housing bills that faded away consisted primarily of developers, home builders and other development industry professionals.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Assistance League Reno-Sparks address needs of young children (sponsored)

Throughout its history, Assistance League® Reno-Sparks has worked diligently to accomplish that goal through its philanthropic programs; three of those programs specifically provide needed assistance to younger children.

Past Pages, April 18, 2011: New Fitzgerald’s owner plans downtown comeback

This week's 10-year look-back at the April 18, 2011, NNBW includes a story about plans from the new owner of Fitzgerald’s Hotel in downtown Reno to open a non-smoking, non-gaming resort under the "CommRow" brand.

SNC named a ‘Best Managed Company' for 2nd straight year

“It’s an honor to be recognized again as a US Best Managed Company,” said Eren Ozmen, SNC president and co-owner.

People: Dylan Kendrick new account executive at Trosper Public Relations

Kendrick, who graduated with a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, previously served as a multimedia journalist with KVVU-FOX5.

Tuesday, April 20

Inside look: $300 million Sierra Medical Center hospital project halfway finished

Also, Reno Orthopedic Clinic's $60 million downtown expansion remains on schedule

The distant rattling bursts of power drills and steady beeps of a forklift echo off the concrete floor. Stacks of sheetrock are waiting to be puzzled into interior walls. Steel columns stretch horizontally for hundreds of yards to an expansive space where an emergency room will live.

2 local companies in running for $200K in venture funding from AngelNV

Nevaka, a materials management app “by electricians for electricians," and Outlaw Soaps, which relocated main its operations to Sparks in 2020, are two Northern Nevada startups in the running for $200,000 in funding from investors through AngelNV, operated through StartUpNV.

Business Spotlight: Helix Electric of Nevada (sponsored)

"Since opening our Reno office in 2017, Helix has received ample support from the northern Nevada business community."

Commerce Matters: Embrace empathy, become a community of kindness (Voices)

"The need to embrace our mutualism rather than just our individualism is to reflect a community of kindness where it is recognized as a necessity of our culture and personal identification."

Greater Nevada Mortgage donates $33,700 to Eddy House

Per the program, $100 of revenue from every mortgage or refinance funded through Greater Nevada Mortgage is donated to the nonprofit Eddy House this year.

People: Nikki Dadlani promoted to VP role at The Private Bank by Nevada State Bank

Nidhi “Nikki” Dadlani recently was promoted to vice president, relationship manager at The Private Bank by Nevada State Bank.

Monday, April 19

Northern Nevada builders struggle to keep pace with skyrocketing demand for new housing

“Home prices can’t keep accelerating at these prices. You just have to hope for a soft letdown instead of a crash," says longtime Reno developer Perry Di Loreto. The NNBW recently spoke with Di Loreto and three other regional homebuilders to discuss the challenges they face in meeting the region’s pressing need for residential housing.

'A great addition': 15 years later, Legends Bay Casino breaks ground in Sparks

The 80,000-square-foot Legends Bay Casino is anticipated to open in the summer of 2022 — 15 years after the first iteration of the project was planned in 2007.

New suicide prevention center, Rise Wellness, opens in Reno

The business founded by Erin Snell, LCSW, MBA, offers outpatient services for mental health and suicide prevention, peer support groups and suicide attempt survivor group programs.

People: Adam Kramer hired as CEO of Reno startup Ledger8760

Kramer, who previously was EVP of Strategy at tech giant Switch, will be CEO for Reno-based SaaS startup Ledger8760, which has been stealth mode the past two years.

Nevada jobless rate dips slightly to 8.1%

While March's 8.1% rate is an improvement from February’s mark of 8.4%, the state is still up 1.7 percentage points when compared to March 2020, when there were 134,800 additional jobs filled.

People: Kat Langford promoted to lab manager at WETLAB

Previously, Langford was part of the client services department at Sparks-based environmental testing laboratory company WETLAB.

Friday, April 16

'Realtors are exhausted': Low inventory, unprecedented demand keeps agents busier than ever

One example of the frenzied, "highest and best" real estate market in Northern Nevada: One agent recently did 60 showings of a single property listed in the $450,000 range during a two-week span, says Nancy Fennell, CEO of Dickson Realty.

Nevada's eviction moratorium was extended. What should landlords and tenants be doing?

What might tenants and landlords experience during the three-month extension of the federal moratorium, which lifts June 30 (an additional layer of state protections were extended through May)?

TMCC's new microcredential 'boot camp' to prepare Nevadans for tech jobs

“The pandemic magnified the need for short-term, stackable training programs that connect Nevadans to living-wage jobs with career advancement opportunities,” TMCC President Karin Hilgersom said.

Nevada minimum wage to increase another 75 cents July 1

The Office of the Labor Commissioner sent a notice recently to remind Nevada employers the minimum wage will increase again on July 1.

People: Danielle Lougheed promoted to VP role at Nevada State Bank

Danielle Lougheed was promoted this month to the role of assistant vice president, branch manager, for the Nevada State Bank branch in Fallon.

People: Jeremy Lynnes promoted to VP role at Sierra Nevada Properties

Sierra Nevada Properties this month announced the promotion of Jeremy Lynnes to the role of vice president of marketing and technology.

Thursday, April 15

Twenty Under 40 Q-and-A: United Construction's Casey Gunther

"We will have greater economic diversity as businesses from California and other states continue to relocate here for our favorable business environment."

Some Nevada counties share plans to get 100% back to business May 1

Representatives of Carson City, Lyon County and Storey County said Wednesday their goal is to progress to a full reopening after the state hands over decision-making authority on May 1.

UNR College of Business launches sports management program

Cary Groth will lead the sports management program as its director after spending four decades in intercollegiate athletics and administration.

Travel, tourism industry calls on Congress to enact tax subsidies to aid pandemic recovery

“Now it's time to bring this critical industry back to its pre-pandemic economic status,” Nevada Sen. Jacky Rosen said Tuesday.

Nevada OSHA adopts stricter COVID program for high-hazard industries

High-hazard industries identified by Nevada OSHA include: healthcare, construction, food and agriculture, energy, transportation and logistics, manufacturing and gaming.

People: Joey Clark joins Alpine Insurance as producer

Reno-based Alpine Insurance announced recently that Joey Clark has been hired as a producer for the company.

Wednesday, April 14

With demand higher than ever, Reno security companies seek to hire hundreds

Mike Hendi, CEO of Reno-based ESI Security Services, says his company’s revenue was down 60% in 2020 compared to 2019, underscoring the varying challenges the security guard industry has dealt with amid the pandemic.

Past Pages, April 11, 2011: Rising costs impact restaurant profits; also, 'haycations'

This week's 10-year look-back to the April 11, 2011, NNBW includes a story about local restaurants concerned with rising costs of commodities and fuels and a feature on how rural ranches rely on "haycations" for revenue.

Nevada task force sets sights on multimillion-dollar problem of employee misclassification

The Teamsters and other labor unions argue employee misclassification in Nevada had largely been perpetuated by employers in the construction industry.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Urban Roots looks to a brighter day (sponsored)

Plumas Bank sponsors this content

During the global pandemic, Urban Roots changed their in-person programming into virtual and home-based offerings so they could survive. It was a shift that helped offset the steep loss in revenue from pandemic cancellations.

Sisolak sets June 1 as goal for 100% reopening; masks will remain mandatory

Many counties prepare to get there on their own by May 1

Sisolak said a combination of mask wearing, which will be mandatory in public for the foreseeable future, and increasing levels of vaccination will enable the state to meet the June 1 goal.

People: Chris Paul joins Panattoni Development as senior manager

Paul, who most recently served as a principal, transaction manager for, joins Panattoni with more than 25 years of experience in transaction and corporate services.

Tuesday, April 13

Sacramento concrete company expands to Reno-Sparks

$1.7 million plant for Silver Strike Concrete opens in Lockwood

Sacramento-based Folsom Ready Mix has officially expanded into Northern Nevada, launching as a separate company, Silver Strike Concrete, with the opening of its $1.7 million plant east of Reno-Sparks.

What AJR10 would do to change Nevada’s minimum wage (Indy Explains)

Opponents argue that raising the minimum wage would eliminate entry-level jobs and hurt teenage workers trying to get their foot in the door of the job market.

Carson Conversation: Nevada’s rich history defines Carson City (Voices)

“Our history is important to the businesses in the downtown core that profit from history buffs" – Ronni Hannaman, executive director, Carson City Chamber of Commerce.

PBS Reno accepting nominations for 2021 Spotlight Awards

Each year, Extraordinary Local Business is one of the top categories for PBS Reno’s annual Spotlight Awards & Auction.

New business association launches in Incline Village

Initially founded in 2009 as the ICBA, the association has been re-formed and organized with over 50 businesses and nonprofits as members.

People: Jamie Rinehart Tract joins Parsons Behle & Latimer as Of Counsel

Parsons Behle & Latimer recently welcome Reno local Jamie Rinehart Tract as an Of Counsel attorney.

Monday, April 12

Construction could begin soon on lithium-ion battery plant in Fernley

If permits are approved, American Battery Technology Company expects to begin construction by the end of May and have operations up and running by the end of this year.

Affordable housing, business tax incentive bills among many to die at deadline

Among legislation that bit the dust Friday was a trio of bills vehemently opposed by developers and development authorities regarding affordable housing measures and establishing a landlord registry.

New dog daycare, kennel facility opens in Reno

Camp Bow Wow is North America’s top dog daycare and kennel operator with almost 200 camps, said Michael Day, co-owner of the Reno branch.

Bill requiring online travel companies pay greater share of hotel taxes replaced with study

Under law, when a guest pays a hotel directly for a room, all the tax money goes straight to the relevant local government. But if an online travel agency negotiates a discounted rate, the company pays taxes on the negotiated rate.

Taxable sales: Most of Northern Nevada had strong start to 2021

According to stats released March 25, Washoe County had a 10.5% YOY increase in taxable sales in January, up $78.6 million. Clark County, meanwhile, was down 8.5%, or $320 million.

People: Sierra Nevada Construction's Markwell to chair 2021 Nevada AGC board

Marc Markwell, CFO and General Counsel for Sierra Nevada Construction, will serve as 2021 president of the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.

Friday, April 9

New Nevada business offers moped, motorcycle rentals

Rolling Freedom Motorcycles Lake Tahoe launched earlier this year on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.

Proposed economic development overhaul calls for housing investment, limits on abatements

Critics of the bill say it would make Nevada less competitive for business relocations and expansion; supporters say it would help balance the billions of dollars offered to corporations as abatements or subsidies and establish a more equitable economic development policy, which would in turn help Nevada's worsening housing situation.

Nevada builders, housing advocates clash over bills that could increase developer fees

Proponents say the legislation would give local governments the ability to raise money to support affordable housing projects; opponents say it would increase fees for developers and further negatively affect the market.

'Right to Return' bill would give laid-off employees opportunity to return to old jobs

Opponents of the legislation — including the Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce — argue the bill would invite unnecessary litigation, in the form of employees bringing civil action against employers that fail to comply with the bill requirements.

People: Nhit Hernandez, Jared Streshley promoted to senior roles at Barnard Vogler & Co.

Nhit Hernandez and Jared Streshley were recently promoted to senior accountants at Barnard Vogler & Co. in Reno.

People: Lauren Renda, Lyndsey Crossley earn Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation

Lyndsey Crossley and Lauren Renda are both Philanthropic Advisors with the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada.

Thursday, April 8

Reno's median home price balloons to $515,000, another record

Reno-Sparks as a whole recorded a median home price of $485,000 in March — that's a 259% increase from the depths of the Great Recession, and a 64% increase from 5 years ago.

Twenty Under 40 Q-and-A: United Federal Credit Union's Jeff Panko

"I would definitely say we need more people in our community to be givers of time, money and resources."

Q-and-A: Prevent poor posture with a proper WFH office environment

With some professionals continuing to work from home in 2021, and possibly permanently, here are some ways to ensure you're keeping WFH ergonomics at top of mind.

Bill giving Nevada tenants more notice before increased rent openly embraced

Separate bill proposing landlord registry receives less enthusiasm

Both homebuilders and landlords say they support proposed legislation that would give renters more of a heads-up on rent increases, even as there was a less warm reception for a bill that would create a statewide landlord database and registry.

People: Brian Mann named partner at Stan Can Design

Mann received a degree in journalism with a focus in advertising from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013, joining Stan Can Design that same year.

Reno's Laxalt & McIver rebrands to Commence Studio

Reno-based creative design studio Laxalt & McIver recently rebranded to Commence Studio, effective April 2.

Wednesday, April 7

Nevada gets $100,000 grant for post-COVID workforce recovery

“The goal for us is to really shape some new opportunities and get our dislocated workers into programs and training that will align with new career paths for them,” said Isla Young, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation.

Past Pages, April 4, 2011: Reno airport adds flights in wake of Great Recession

This week's 10-year look-back includes growing interest in adding additional flights at Reno-Tahoe International Airport and a feature on older adults working more in the Silver State.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Assistance League Reno-Sparks supports students, vets, seniors (sponsored)

What does a great all-volunteer organization do when hit by a pandemic? It improvises to modify programs to continue to support the students, veterans, seniors and victims of assault who it's been supporting for some 40 years.

Nevada lawmakers look to allow cannabis consumption lounges

Bill backers: Legislation aimed at economic growth, diversifying marijuana industry

The businesses would function like bars for marijuana use, allowing people to legally consume outside of a private home.

TCI Wealth Advisors named 2021 Gallup winner

TCI Wealth Advisors, which has a branch in Reno, is one of nearly 40 companies and organizations to recently receive a 2021 Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award.

People: Joel W. Locke appointed to Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection

Locke, who graduated with a B.S. from UNR and got his law degree from Gonzaga University, joined Allison MacKenzie law firm in Carson City in in 2007.

Tuesday, April 6

RNOX accepts trio of tech startups for spring cohort

Enrollment comes as Reno accelerator embarks on Vegas expansion under new branding

Alliance Forge, PersonaFi and Major League Markets are the 3 startups enrolled in RNOX’s R.E.A.L. spring cohort. As for RNOX itself, it’s been a year of speedy growth and change since the tech accelerator launched in April 2020 in South Rreno — one of the biggest recent changes is an overarching new name — “X Co.”

What's Up Downtown: Nevada Cares Campus step in right direction (Voices)

"The process has not been perfect, and there have been challenges to overcome, but I am utterly impressed with the speed and focus the Nevada Cares Campus has been approached."

Tensions over 2018 cannabis licensing resurface; bill would give losing companies chance to expand

The new bill’s most controversial element by far would create a new path for additional dispensaries in Nevada's dog-eat-dog cannabis market.

Sprouts Farmers Market to open next month at Reno Public Market

Sprouts plans to fill roughly 110 jobs at the new Reno Public Market location, its third in Northern Nevada, set to open May 12.

Relief Canyon Mine targets full gold production

The mine, which reached commercial production in January after various COVID-19 delays, should hit full-scale production by end of Q2 this year, though revenue will be impacted due to the year's slow start.

People: Kristen Saibini new Development Director at Nevada Humane Society

Saibini brings 14 years of professional experience and comes to NHS after three years as the Senior Corporate Communication Specialist at NV Energy.

Monday, April 5

Composite tooler preps for $6 million expansion from Carson to Minden

At the end of April, Symmetrix Composite Tooling is moving out of its 13,000 sq. ft. Carson City shop and will begin relocating into a 40,000-square-foot facility — newly built by Reno-based United Construction — in Minden.

Initial jobless claims filed in Nevada surpass 900,000 mark

Through the week ending March 27, 2021, there have been a total of 908,138 initial claims for unemployment insurance filed in Nevada since the week ending March 14, 2020.

State leaders take first steps to budget multibillion-dollar influx of federal COVID funds

The "Every Nevadan Recovery Framework" plan identifies four prioritization or tiers: basic health and safety needs such as food and housing first, followed by “community” initiatives such as education; economic expenditures such as support for small businesses and workers; and “quality of life” expenditures for services that will help build healthy communities.

Nevada unemployment work search requirements back May 1

“As Nevadans are vaccinated and COVID cases continue to drop, DETR is focusing on getting Nevadans back to work."

People: Amy R. Fleming joins OWINN as program development, engagement specialist

Fleming, who previously worked as Director of Workforce Development at EDAWN, joins OWINN as a Program Development and Engagement Specialist.

People: Cody Kinnison promoted to VP role at Helix Electric

Helix Electric recently announced the promotion of Cody Kinnison to vice president of operations, overseeing the company's Reno branch.

Friday, April 2

Barrick prioritizes Nevada Gold Mines growth opportunities

“As the joint venture matures, we are creating real opportunity to extend the company’s life of mine, thereby ensuring Nevada Gold Mines can remain an economic driver for decades to come."

Sisolak's office discusses relationship with Blockchains LLC

Storey County company lobbied administration to push Innovation Zones legislation

Gov. Sisolak's "door will always be open to any private sector leader or CEO who is looking to expand their business, relocate to the state, and most importantly, create jobs for Nevadans," per The Nevada Independent's latest story about Blockchains LLC's Innovation Zones proposal.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie law firm completes rebrand

The Phoenix-based law firm now known simply as Lewis Roca consists of 220 lawyers in nine offices, including 33 lawyers in its Las Vegas and Reno branches.

GOED: $2 million in funding OK’d for rural economic projects

Per GOED, the grants go to rural cities under 50,000 in population and rural counties under 200,000 in population.

People: Emma Glenn promoted to Development Officer at PBS Reno

Among other duties, Emma Glenn manages PBS Reno’s annual fundraiser, the Spotlight Awards and Auction.

People: Robert Nunez, Alexandria Thomson hired at Ace Studios

Robert Nunez joins Ace Studios as a Social Media Assistant, and Alexandria Thomson comes on as an FX Specialist.

Thursday, April 1

Twenty Under 40 Q-and-A: McDonald Carano’s Adam Hosmer-Henner

"I think the largest growth segment that we might be able to benefit from is the deployment of actual private and public capital ... I think we have underutilized our investment capital, especially public and private finance."

2 tech companies announce move to Reno, plan to fill 200 jobs

The companies are expected to create more than 200 combined biotech and fintech jobs over the next several years, according to EDAWN.

Sacramento-based BPE Law Group opens Reno office

Keith Dunnagan of BPE Law said the business-friendly climate and booming economy of Reno-Sparks aided the firm's decision to expand to Nevada.

GOED OKs $4.7 million in tax abatements for 9 Nevada companies

The companies — four of which are in Northern Nevada — are expected to fill 1,325 jobs over the next five years, with a weighted average hourly wage of $29.87.

Tech businesses from DoorDash to Amazon push back against legislative oversight measures

Major tech companies are pushing back on two measures introduced to the Nevada Legislature this week that would strengthen state regulation of online business.

People: Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt joins Thrive Wellness of Reno

Thrive Wellness of Reno in March welcomed a Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt as a new Clinical Advisor.