How did EDAWN do in our fiscal year 2017? 

The EDAWN Board tracks our progress using a dashboard that details metrics in a few main areas, job attraction, job retention, entrepreneurial job creation and workforce development. This dashboard is aligned with our strategic plan and our funding. The EDAWN team had another great year exceeding our metrics in nearly every area. The jobs goal is what most people pay attention to and the total assisted job total was our highest ever at 3,323, exceeding the goal of 3,200. Additionally, we track more than 30 other metrics. To see where our efforts were focused, view the FY 2017 dashboard here.

Did you miss the press conference?

On September 18th, Governor Sandoval joined the City of Reno in announcing the expansion of Alchemy, a new technology company, from the Bay Area.  In addition to the 160 high paying jobs, they will move their corporate headquarters to Reno. This announcement demonstrates the ability of our region to attract more technology companies and EDAWN has an increasing focus on growing our technology sector in the years ahead. Here is the Press Release.

Do you want to have a say in our regional planning?

 Take the planning survey. The Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency (TMRPA) is working on updating the plan that provides the framework for growth in our region for the next 20 years.  It directs where growth will occur, identifies development constrained areas that are not suitable for future development, sets priorities for infrastructure development and addresses natural resource management.  The regional plan update gives us a chance to envision and shape the future of the region. Click Here for Survey

Join us in recognizing and celebrating our existing companies.

EDAWN’s 6th Annual Existing Industry Awards is being held Tuesday, October 24th at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Please join us in this celebration of the success and accomplishments of the many outstanding companies that make up the backbone of our regional economy…our existing Primary companies. Register Here.

The EPIC Report with actual numbers updated.

Now approaching three years into the five-year projections of over 52,400 new jobs, we are almost 10,000 jobs ahead of projections as Tesla, Panasonic and Switch continue to ramp up their hiring efforts.  In case you missed it, here are the Actual numbers graphs.

Housing continues to be a concern, but it looks like we are making progress:

The chart below shows the number of permits for new housings units (including apartments and condos) pulled so far this year, compared to last year and compared to what is a goal of 6,000 per year, the number we were at before the recession.  Permits pulled is the only way to track the progress on a monthly basis.  At, 6,000 units a year, we will be meeting the expected demand for housing based on current and projected job growth. We have not had more than 4,000 housing starts since 2006!

Here is the latest RGJ article: Arts and Culture Key to Our Economic Growth – 

There are many factors that influence a company, or an individual, to select one community over another, but when it comes to attracting higher wage jobs and creative talent, the strength of arts and culture in a community is more important than ever.  As we continue to add quality jobs to the region, especially those that require innovation and creativity, our support for and investment in arts and culture has become an imperative. Here is the full article.

Prior EDAWN articles, published in the RGJ, are stored on our website. Here is the link to the library.

Help!!  Taxi-Tops are still available! We need your help to clean up our taxi-tops so please consider adding taxi-top advertising to your marketing plan now and in the years ahead. We have 25 taxi-tops available and if we cannot keep the taxi-tops filled with family friendly messages, they will revert to those that are less reflective of the “new” Reno-Sparks. Just $1,000 for the entire year! Contact Tamera Pitts at 775.829.3700 or email

Business Development

The Business Development team announced 3 new company relocations and 200 new jobs were added to the region in the month of September.

There were 32 new leads and projects added to the activity pipeline and 14 site visits were hosted.
  • Alchemy (Technology): 160 jobs, headquarters, Reno
  • Advanced Aviation Reno (Aerospace/Aviation): 15 jobs, headquarters, Reno
  • Confidential (Aerospace/Aviation): 25 jobs, headquarters, Storey County
Chris Ault, Jr. attended the Site Selectors Guild in Seattle, WA and met with 22 site consultants for a total of 29 last month.


Northern Nevada Math Club, Inc. 2017-18 series MathRocks! events are now open for registration for either the entire series or by each individual event. 

Their focus is getting more children in grades 2-12 excited about math! Over 200 kids participated in these programs and over 40% of them were female. The MathRocks! 2017-18 series includes 6 regular season contests for each division. Contests are held on Saturdays with check-in beginning at 11am. Online registration for the October 14th contest will CLOSE at midnight, Wednesday, October 11th. Go here to register and learn more hereThere will be NO onsite registration available.

Major Investor of the Week

Savage and Son

is a locally owned family business established in 1893 with Nevada Contractor’s license #10. Savage and Son is a Plumbing/HVAC/Piping contractor specializing in all aspects of Commercial, Residential, and Industrial Process Manufacturing Piping projects. With our on-site state-of-the-art fabrication facility, we are able to maintain a superior quality product at a more efficient and lower cost to the end user. Thank you for thinking SAVAGE.