Week of September 16 | nnbusinessview.com

Week of September 16



Western Manufacturing Alliance (WMA) is holding its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20 with NNDA Executive Director Rob Hooper and EDAWN CEO Mike Kazmierski. WMA is an alliance of manufacturers, for manufacturer, led by manufacturers. This new first-of-its-kind organization has been formed to focus on member profitability and to support the implementation of Next Generation Manufacturing. For more information contact Susie Russell at 775-883-4413 ext. 1004.


Dollar Book Swap Reno held their ribbon cutting last week. Located at the Great Western Marketplace, 4855 Summit Ridge Drive, the store will be open every Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Community is a huge part of the store’s mission. The goal is to provide quality affordable used books to the local market and around the country, and to get one million books into the hands of children and adults in the most at risk neighborhoods in northern Nevada/northern California area.


Reno non-profit Silver Sage Manor, Inc. held a grand opening and 25-year anniversary celebration on Sept. 12 at its newly completed Lincoln Way Senior Apartments for low-income seniors.

Lincoln Way Senior Apartments is a new three-story apartment building located at the corner of 4th Street and Lincoln Way in Sparks.


DICK’S Sporting Goods, the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, has announced it is now hiring for a new store opening soon at the Meadowood Mall. DICK’S will plan to hire for approximately 70 full-time and part-time associate positions.


Nevada Builders Alliance, with more than 700 member companies representing the tens of thousands of Nevada construction trade workers, celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this month at the Bob McFadden Plaza in Carson City.


Best Western Hotels & Resorts announced the addition of the Best Western Plus Boomtown Casino Hotel, located at 2100 Garson Road. Owned by BCH Gaming Reno, LLC, the hotel features 316 guest rooms and 34 suites.


Barrick Gold Corporation and Cisco announced they will partner for the digital reinvention of Barrick’s business, bringing together cutting-edge technology and expertise to unleash the full potential of mining.

They will start with a pilot program at the Cortez Mine in Nevada, to achieve the digital reinvention of Barrick’s mining business.


Ticor Title Company announced they would be opening a Fernley office in October.


Nevada state gas prices register as the fifth highest in the nation, due to refinery issues on the West Coast that continue to push prices upward. Silver State prices are registering at $2.48 a gallon of unleaded regular, up $0.04 per gallon from a AAA fuel gauge report of August 9, 2016.

In all Nevada metro areas tracked by AAA, Reno is registering the state’s highest pump price, with drivers paying an average price of $2.69 per gallon for unleaded regular gas. Carson City is registering Nevada’s lowest price, at $2.36 a gallon.


Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute and the Xerces Society are hosting a natural pest control workshop.

The Conservation Biological Control Short Course will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at WNC Carson City Campus, 2201 W. College Parkway. Cost is $45. The workshop includes a farm tour with hands-on training. Participants will receive Xerces Society’s Conservation Biological Control Toolkit. Online registration is available at http://www.wnc.edu/sci.


The City of Reno has once again been awarded a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite designation from the American Heart Association.


Miles Construction is partnering with ProThera®, Inc., which specializes in the research, formulation and manufacture of professional-quality dietary supplements. ProThera®, Inc. is expanding their operation in the Reno area to increase efficiencies, expand capabilities and provide even better services to their customers. The expansion project includes a complete remodel of a 75,000-square-foot building on Trademark Drive in Reno.


The Nevada Construction Collaborative, in partnership with the Washoe County School District Signature Academies and Career and Technical Education, is seeking exhibitors for the first-ever Construction Career Day at the Reno Livestock Event Center Exhibit Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

For information on registering as an exhibitor, contact outreach@nevadabuilders.org, or call Pam Duxbury, outreach coordinator at Nevada Builders Alliance at 775-882-4353.


Itronics Inc., a diversified fertilizer and silver producing green technology company, announced sales results and summarized its operations and diversification progress for the six months ended June 30, 2016. Total first half sales decreased 23 percent on a 23 percent decrease in fertilizer sales, a 10 percent increase in silver sales, and a 9 percent increase in photo services sales. To learn more, visit http://www.itronics.com.


Accent Window Coverings, which has been in northwest Reno since 2003, announced the grand opening of their new furniture store, Norwalk Furniture Gallery in south Reno at 7689 S. Virginia Street. Norwalk Furniture Gallery is scheduled to open on Sept. 22. For more information, call 775-329-0999 or visit NorwalkFurnitureGallery.com.


Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to a seasonally-adjusted 6.3 percent in August. This is down 0.3 of a percentage point over the year.


Eldorado Resorts gave a $50,000 donation to The Coalition to Save Our Schools, the citizen-led effort to pass Washoe County Question 1 (WC-1) earlier this month.


Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern (PBTK), a full-service accounting firm, will host an open house and ribbon cutting on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at its newly opened Reno office, located at 200 S. Virginia Street, Suite 655.


The community is invited to attend and support their favorite companies at EDAWN’s 5th Annual “Existing Industry Awards” which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno.


Chase International will be showcasing Lake Tahoe’s most exclusive pieces of real estate in London next month at an exclusive invitation-only luxury show. The event, being held Oct. 14-15 at Bloomsbury Square, celebrates elegant living and offers guests a unique opportunity to see and buy some of the world’s most breathtaking homes.


In conjunction with FireShowsWest and sponsored by NV Energy, the Truckee Meadows Firefighter Foundation and Atlantis will be hosting the U.S. National Finals of the Firefighter Combat Challenge in its west parking lot on Oct. 7 and 8 at 10 a.m. both days. The event is free to the public.


Local companies that hire workers under 18 (or would like to) are invited to attend a Biz Partner Round Table with New Entrepreneur Network (NewE) on Thursday, Sept. 29. The event will take place from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at The Studio at Adams Hub, 177 West Proctor Street in Carson City. The purpose of the round table is to learn more about the needs of businesses who hire young and first-time workers—or might want to try it for the first time.


With a fall 2016 record enrollment of 21,353 students, UNR continues to steadily grow in enrollment, excellence and reputation.

This year’s State of the University address on Tuesday Sept. 20, will highlight many of the accomplishments of the past academic year, but will look ahead and explain why the University is deepening its commitment to its institutional mission, how it plans to further strengthen ties to the community, by what means it’s providing the educated workforce the state of Nevada needs in developing emerging industries, and what priorities it has set regarding the 2017 legislative session.

Distinguished Lecture Series

The role that whole-mind education, technology and today’s generation will play in shaping our innovative future is the topic of this year’s College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Jason Mendenhall, Switch Executive Vice President of Cloud, will present “Internet of Things, the Future and Our Part in It,” at 5 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2016; reservations are required. His talk is free and open to the public.


Council unanimously approved a request to relocate an existing State-approved Medical Marijuana Establishment for a Production Facility registered and permitted under state law. A New Leaf Production Center, LLC has requested to relocate from 800 Stillwell Road, Suite 60 to Suite 50.

Acting City Manager Bill Thomas announced that the City of Reno recently received one of only 13 national Accela Trendsetter Awards.

Council unanimously approved for staff to enter into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement between the City of Reno, Reno Puck Club, and the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA). Staff asked that Council establish a 45-day period during which the Puck Club shall have the exclusive right to negotiate with the City and RSCVA terms of an agreement to support a minor league professional ECHL hockey team at the Reno Events Center (REC), and for the management and operation of the facility.

Reno Arch maintenance and refresh project: General maintenance is needed on the Arch, such as cleaning and repainting portions and replacing the existing gold skin, which has been damaged.

Staff was directed to get more public input, via such methods as the Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) meetings, social media, and surveys. Staff will come back to Council after receiving public input.


Nothing to It Culinary Center is hosting a cooking class with recipes from the cookbook NevadaGrown: A Year in Local Food on Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. – noon, at Nothing to It Culinary Center, 225 Crummer Lane in Reno. Invited guests include local farmers and ranchers who will answer questions about locally grown food. Cost for the class is $45 and includes a cookbook. Online registration is at http://www.nothingtoit.com.


Conformance Technologies, a fast-growing provider of operating systems, education systems and expertise used in managing business compliance requirements based out of Reno, announced it is being honored by the PCI Security Standards Council for its contributions as a 10 year participating organization. A recognition event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20, in conjunction with the PCI Council’s 2016 North America Community Meeting at The Mirage Las Vegas.


The October matchmaker in Fallon will be held Oct. 19 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Fallon Convention Center. Meet contracting officers from government agencies face to face. Learn about potential contracting opportunities. For additional information, contact Maggie at mneidigh@diversifynevada.com.


Full House Resorts demolished the administration office building at Stockman’s Casino in Fallon to make way for a new, landscaped and well-lit parking lot, providing convenient and improved access to the casino.

The two existing casino entrances on the west side will be enhanced with architectural details, energy-saving foyers and a visually appealing porte-cochere. Landscaping will be planted around the building for improved curb appeal. Replacement office space will then be added towards the back of the property, connected directly to the casino.

The project is expected to cost approximately $1.5 million and the public spaces will be completed by year-end. The main office space is expected to be completed in early 2017. This follows recently made improvements to the casino interior, including new carpeting and enhancements to the slot machine floor.