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State of City Highlights Positives, Stresses Need for Better Housing Solutions (Subscriber Content)


By Don Dike-Anukum & Bob Conrad | Photos: Ty O’Neil

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Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, along with City Councilmembers Neoma Jardon, Naomi Duerr, Oscar Delgado, Bonnie Weber, and Jenny Brekhus came together last night to give an update on the state of the city. About 500 businesspeople, firefighters, police, and their fellow citizens attended the event at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Councilmember Neoma Jardon high-fives the crowd as she walked up to the state. Photo Ty O'Neil.
Councilmember Neoma Jardon
high-fives crowd members
as she walked to the stage.
Photo Ty O’Neil.

Chris Payne was master of ceremonies, bringing a hard-rock edge to the event. RSCVA CEO Phil DeLone gave the welcoming speech.

“The sporting life is ingrained in the culture of northern Nevada and offers residents like us – and the many professional athletes who live here – arguably the finest outdoor recreation found anywhere in North America,” he exclaimed.

Reno City Manager Sabra Smith Newby provided brief, introductory remarks. Each council member then addressed the audience in order of their ward number. The evening started off with Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus, then Naomi Duerr, Neoma Jardon, Oscar Delgado, followed by Bonnie Weber

Schieve was the main act. She touted Reno’s financial, sports, and growth accomplishments. She also stressed the need to address the region’s housing crisis, to include increased mental health services, more affordable housing, and she announced an upcoming housing summit.

Schieve also announced that Reno was recently ranked first in job growth “in the best-performing cities report. We jumped 26 spots in the ranking, the best improvement of any city in the country.”

Governor Steve Sisolak was a surprise guest. He and Mayor Schieve traded compliments and friendly 'north-south' barbs. Image: Ty O'Neil.
Governor Steve Sisolak was a surprise guest. He and Mayor Schieve traded compliments and friendly ‘north-south’ barbs. Image: Ty O’Neil.

Before the ceremony, there was a community engagement fair from 4 to 6 p.m. at which the public could access, talk, and meet different parts of Reno city government services. Councilmembers and county commissioners were in attendance talking with people during the fair.

Each respective member city departments, as well as local nonprofits and other service organizations, were there in person to meet and greet Reno citizens on any question they had about said services or concerns.

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Ty O'Neil
Ty O'Neil
Ty O’Neil is a lifelong student of anthropology with two degrees in the arts. He is far more at home in the tear gas filled streets of war torn countries than he is relaxing at home. He has found a place at This Is Reno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad.