More than thirty companies that relocated to the Reno-Sparks area in the past year and existing local companies that expanded their workforce in 2015 were honored at EDAWN‘s New and Expanded Company Welcome Reception today where more than 300 local business and government leaders were also in attendance.
The most recent addition to the Greater Reno-Sparks was eBay Inc., a worldwide e-commerce and global marketplace leader. The company received GOED approval on incentives to expand its data center operations to Northern Nevada on Super Loop Circle in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. Dean Nelson, eBay’s Vice President of Global Foundation Service, cited Nevada’s data center business incentives, Northern Nevada data resources and cloud capabilities as key reasons for expansion to the area.
“2015 was another impressive year, with over 25 new or expanding companies adding over 3,000 new quality jobs to the region over the next few years and that does not include the thousands of secondary jobs (construction and retail),” said Mike Kazmierski, President and CEO of EDAWN. “As we continue to build on our recent success, there is no doubt that our economy is recovering and we are on the cusp of a truly new economy.
“Over the past few years, these announcements have driven our unemployment rate to below 6% (an 8 year low). We are excited about the New Year and will continue working to attract, retain and grow the quality jobs our community needs as we build our economic future.”
Also in attendance at the EDAWN event held at the Atlantis Casino Resort was Reno City Mayor; Hillary Schieve, Sparks City Mayor; Geno Martini, Washoe County Manager; John Sl
aughter, Storey County Manager; Pat Whitten and City of Fernley Mayor; Roy Edgington.