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City of Reno taking ‘LEED’ in green building initiatives

April 13, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Lynne Barker believes Reno has a tremendous opportunity to move forward in the green building movement. Barker, sustainability manager for the City of Reno, says green building is key for sustainability and as an economic driver for the Truckee Meadows region. She

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After 30 years, Reno’s Sierra Maintenance continues to seal its legacy

April 10, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Kevin Moerdick has a motto for his business, Sierra Maintenance, Inc. (SMI): "Stay Small and Stay Busy." The business plan has worked for Moerdick, who founded SMI in 1988 and is still going strong 30 years later. "We could have grown a

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Cybersecurity law comes to Nevada’s forefront to combat crime

April 6, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Monetary damages resulting from cyber crimes could cost $6 trillion annually by the year 2021, according to the website, CSO Online. To combat the increasing problem of cyber crimes, state and federal entities have taken steps to legislate cybersecurity. Last June, Nevada

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Focus on cybersecurity: Despite growth in popularity, are web containers secure?

April 6, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — As cloud-based systems such as Amazon WorkSpaces become more prevalent for companies, so too has the use of a technology called "containers" to help deploy those systems. Through containers, web developers are able to package their software, configurations and dependencies into a

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The Continuum builds on 25 years of growth, service to Northern Nevada

April 3, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Back in the early 1990s, Diane Ross saw there little or no community-based healthcare resources in Washoe County. Ross, along with a group that included her late husband, Jerry Cruitt, began planning a venture to address those needs. But it wasn't going

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Reno’s Jenifer Rose incorporates community into office supply business

April 2, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Jenifer Rose admits when she opened My Community Store seven years ago, it probably wasn't the best time to start a new business. Back then, the country — and Nevada in particular — was in the throes of the Great Recession, and

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Finding competent Nevada pot shop staff no simple task, officials say

March 30, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — While sales of recreational marijuana in Nevada are going strong, one significant area that remains a work in progress is finding the right employees. Mikel Alvarez, director of retail operations for Terra Tech — a California-based marijuana cultivator and operator of dispensaries

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Small business confidence in Nevada’s economy growing

March 27, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Judging from the results of Nevada State Bank's fifth annual 2018 Small Business Survey, confidence in the Silver State's economy is at an all-time high. In a telephone survey conducted in January of 402 business owners, operators and senior management from around

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Motivational speaker Travis Bell keynotes WIN breakfast on March 30

March 26, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — As a keynote speaker who travels around the globe, Australian native and the "Bucket List Guy" Travis 'Trav' Bell often bluntly poses this question to his audience: "If I was a doctor and diagnosed you with cancer, what would you do?" He

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Family-owned Jensen Precast cements legacy after 50 years in business

March 23, 2018 — SPARKS, Nev. — Jensen Precast has already built a half-century legacy of success. But that doesn't mean its president, Eric Jensen, is comfortable with the status quo. "We always want to look to get better," Jensen said repeatedly during a recent interview with NNBW at

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150-acre training center east of Reno offers avenue for skilled trades

March 22, 2018 — WADSWORTH, Nev. — On a remote area on the dusty hills south of the small Northern Nevada community of Wadsworth sits the Nevada Training Center. The center's apprenticeship program teaches prospective operator engineers about the nuances of heavy-duty construction equipment seen on a job site.

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With prime location, Reno-Sparks becoming major distribution network

March 16, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Reno-Sparks has become a natural launching pad for distribution in the western United States with its proximity to Interstate 80. It is a selling point that regional economic development entities use to coax companies looking to relocate. "We have immediate access to

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TMCC logistics program taking hold amid industry’s surge in Northern Nevada

March 16, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — As the Silver State's logistics industry continues its upward surge, Northern Nevada companies are banking on continued growth with Truckee Meadows Community College's new Logistics Operation Management program. The program, the only four-year logistics degree offered in Nevada, had its first courses

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$40 million luxury high-rise apartment building on tap for Sparks parking garage

March 8, 2018 — SPARKS, Nev. — Silverwing Development, headed by J. Carter Witt III, has unveiled plans to convert the C Street Parking Garage near Victorian Square in downtown Sparks into a 10-story, luxury apartment complex. The 209-unit complex, dubbed "Deco," would feature "modern studios" with the bedroom

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Nevada cannabis experts: Public consumption, marketing tweaks needed

March 7, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — For Mark Pitchford and Steven Duque, starting up a recreational cannabis business in Nevada — even only months after the drug's legalization — can be a fairly easy endeavor. However, while they laud Nevada lawmakers for setting up a fair set of

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Reno’s Dennis Banks Construction builds legacy of success, turns 35 this year

March 7, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — In the late 1990s, then-University of Nevada-Reno athletic director Chris Ault was pushing to develop Legacy Hall, a lavish $4 million facility next to Lawlor Events Center that would feature offices for coaches, athletic support staff and administrators and serve as a

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NNBW workforce development event aims to find job solutions

March 1, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Denise Castle was once a displaced employee after the company she worked for for two decades decided to downsize, and she was one of those let go. Considering that, Castle decided workforce development was her next calling, and she worked to create

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Developers: Reno-Sparks needs more viable office space

February 28, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Todd McKenzie recently was asked why now was the right time for his company to develop the first speculative office project the Reno-Sparks region has seen in a decade. McKenzie, who owns McKenzie Properties, explained that the inventory of available office space,

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Workforce development subject of NNBW’s March 1 Breakfast & Business

February 22, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Dr. Kyle Dalpe and Elizabeth Loun understand the best way to tackle the challenges of workforce development in Northern Nevada is to keep lines of communication open. For example, Dalpe, interim dean of the Technical Services Division at Truckee Meadows Community College

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Construction industry takes action on Nevada workforce shortage

February 9, 2018 — It's no secret that lack of workforce in the construction trades has been one glaring weakness in an otherwise robust Northern Nevada construction market. Data presented by the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Nevada Builders Alliance stated that by 2023 the

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