Quite simply, the American West is changing, which is a major theme of our podcast. Beyond the rolling hills and snow-capped peaks in the distance, the West’s natural beauty is giving way to innovation and development. And at the center of all that growth in the West is the tech industry. However, the titans of the tech industry are looking beyond the Silicon Valley, and they’re especially looking to those places with more attractive tax breaks, like Nevada.
Since the Great Recession, Nevada has made significant investments in diversifying its economy into a new frontier: technology. Tahoe Regional Industrial Center, for example, just east of Reno, is the largest in the country, occupying more than half of the landmass in Storey County.
So in our latest podcast episode, we travel to Nevada to hear about a Tesla factory that’s fundamentally changing an area known as much for natural beauty as manufacturing efficiency. We begin in Reno, where we hear from reporter Noah Glick, and then Paul Boger, news director at Reno Public Radio. We’ll also hear from guests JD Klippenstein, Executive Director of Actionn, a housing advocacy group in northern Nevada, and David Freitag, from real estate firm CBRE. They’ll share first-hand about how technology and development, like Tesla, are changing Northern Nevada’s landscape. Listen to the episode in its entirety below.
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