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"We wanted something different, something experiential."
- Jonathan Fine, CEO, Fine Entertainment, discusses the Reno City Center project, saying they didn’t want to be just a bar or a tavern, rather they wanted to create an experience to bring people in for events. - Friday, September 22, 2023.
"During the pandemic, and since the pandemic, really the need of all of our communities has been licensed child care."
- Mike Wurm, President/CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, says the clubs are helping the entire family — and not just school-aged children — by providing licensed child care for kids ages 6-weeks to 5-years-old. - Thursday, September 21, 2023.
"The news just keeps getting better as far as the impact."
- Carol Chapin, Executive Director, Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority, discusses how the Tahoe Blue Event Center could help the year-round local economy by about $60 to $70 million. She says while Tahoe is known for seasonal dips, the Center is already showing bookings during shoulder months. - Wednesday, September 20, 2023.
"We’re sad to say goodbye to Reno, but we’re excited about what the future holds for us."
- Mary Beth Sewald, Reno Air Races, discusses how the event and region grew exponentially, contributing to the decision to end the event at the Reno-Stead Airport in Northern Nevada. Tony Marini, Reno Air Races, adds that the event’s new home will be announced in 2025 and the six potential sites attended the show. - Tuesday, September 19, 2023.
"But with the mob, it’s never the usual."
- Geoff Schumacher, VP, Exhibits and Programs, The Mob Museum, talks about the continued obsession with the mafia in Las Vegas. He says while we see run-of-the-mill crimes on the local news, the mob draws fascination through all the different personalities and sophistication of the crimes combined with the audacity of what they were doing. - Friday, September 15, 2023.
"If I would say there’s one common theme, it’s about how to digitize the management of water."
- Nathan Allen, Executive Director, WaterStart, says this company works on international water innovation projects like using technology to gather more data to make better management decisions, and ultimately, make the public safer. WaterStart recently announced in a press release a “first-in-the-nation approach that will integrate water consumption into economic development planning and incentives in Nevada,” made possible by funding from GOED. - Thursday, September 14, 2023.
"I’ve never seen a place where too much education has failed."
- DeRionne Pollard, President, Nevada State University, says there is “no competition here” against the other institutions in the Silver State. She adds that both she and the other institutions know their own lanes. - Wednesday, September 13, 2023.
"This problem continues to keep coming home to roost."
- Bryan Wachter, Senior Vice President, Retail Association of Nevada, says it seems that at the end of many sessions there are large increases in financing and investment into public education, but there aren’t results benefiting those who are in the system now. He adds that this has lifetime implications to both the students and our economy in Nevada. Alexander Marks, NSEA Political Coordinator, agrees with accountability measures, adding that while the $2 billion in additional funding is a “good start” we will run through it quickly with inflation and past chronic underfunding. - Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
"We are talking about reputed mobsters, notorious individuals, who are being tailed by local and federal law enforcement all of the time."
- John Katsilometes, Daily Entertainment Columnist, LVRJ, discusses the third season of Mobbed Up where he sits down with former Las Vegas mayor and mob defense attorney Oscar Goodman. He shares how Carolyn would advise Oscar to not get too close to his clients and to ensure they remained safe. - Friday, September 8, 2023.
"If you’re going to fix the problems of the world, you have to pass the baton on like they’ve done since the beginning of time, and we have not done that."
- George Harris, Chairman, Nevadans for Sound Government, makes the case for electing younger people to office saying we “need new, young ideas.” - Thursday, September 7, 2023.
"It’s my goal as the city attorney to not let Sparks become San Francisco."
- Wes Duncan, Sparks City Attorney, says of the homeless situation explaining that this Northern Nevada city won’t be like other large areas where they don’t enforce the law at the expense of public health or public safety. He says “we want to ensure that we’re being compassionate but we’re also enforcing the law” when it comes to those who are homeless. - Wednesday, September 6, 2023.
"It’s not necessarily that we need lithium, we need energy."
- Denis Phares, CEO Dragonfly Energy, explains how lithium is just one part of powering our society and how the focus on lithium has been driven by the push to electrify vehicles. He adds the focus of their company is to use lithium for deep cycle storage to help stabilize the electricity grid as the energy demand increases. - Tuesday, September 5, 2023.
"It’s a real boost for Humboldt County and the City of Winnemucca."
- Rich Stone, Mayor of Winnemucca, says of the lithium mining project at Thacker Pass. However, he highlights concerns on how this large-scale project will impact the city with an influx of construction jobs and full-time employment, specifically noting challenges like a bigger burden on law enforcement and housing. - Friday, September 1, 2023.
"The estimation is that there’s over 600 million tons of lithium contained in this deposit."
- Jon Evans, CEO Lithium Americas, says Thacker Pass is the largest lithium deposit known on the face of the earth. Based on the geology, there is lithium “everywhere here” explaining there’s enough to carry out four ten-year phases of the project. - Thursday, August 31, 2023.
"As much as there’s a lot of headwinds, logistics is still, I think, on everyone’s mind."
- John Ramous, Regional Partner, Nevada, Dermody Properties says the pandemic highlighted the need for logistics both locally and nationally. He says we’re seeing that activity continue with close to 19 million square feet under construction in Southern Nevada and 6 million square feet in Northern Nevada, just in logistics alone. - Wednesday, August 30, 2023.
"We are in a business of caring for people."
- Barry Duplantis, CEO of REMSA, says the Care Flight crash in February 2023 that killed all aboard was unlike anything they’ve ever experienced, while explaining how their ground ambulances and aircraft operate as mobile emergency rooms. He says upon that crash, members of the community came together and “supported us in ways that we cannot begin to express our appreciation. - Tuesday, August 29, 2023.
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