"I think artificial intelligence is going to be a really big industry and we’re already starting to see some of that here. I think automation ... is going to be critical."
Created roughly a year ago amid the pandemic, "SkillUp Northern Nevada" provides residents with free access to more than 5,000 online classes and 100 different certification programs.
BlueZone Sports, a $6 million company in 2019, finished at nearly $11 million revenue in 2020 — an 83% increase, much of that due to the company's pandemic-impacted pivot to ecommerce. The move helped the retailer open a new brick-and-mortar location at the Summit Reno mall in November, creating an additional 10-15 jobs.
These days, more and more Californian residents and business owners are migrating over the hill to greater Reno-Sparks, driving a lot of demand across the region's self storage industry.
"I think some of the biggest economic development opportunities, primarily right now, are still in manufacturing."
In a recent interview with the NNBW, Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt said while some larger metro areas are struggling, the Reno location has been "one of the busiest of the Barnes & Noble bookstores."
“I think the whole pandemic has really sped up the adoption of online banking by a few years," says Steve O’Donnell of One Nevada Credit Union.
“From the time I was a kid till now, you wouldn’t recognize (Reno) as the same city, it’s grown so much. And I suspect we might see that evolution continue."
Nearly a year into pandemic-related business restrictions, Reno-area beauty shops and salons like Skin by Kym (SBK) Beauty and Lash Parlour and La Di Da Beauty are "not really sure what to expect" in 2021 after months of tumbling revenues.
Flirtey has successfully conducted multiple deliveries of at-home COVID-19 test kits in Northern Nevada during the initial phase of the Reno-based company's test program.