Key Industries

Key Industries 2019-12-30T11:14:35+00:00

Key Industries

The Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe is attractive to growing businesses because of its many advantages, including infrastructure, business-friendly tax-environment, and workforce availability. These attributes have allowed us to develop a diverse industry environment that continues to expand. Another aspect of  rapid changes seen across all industries in the region has been the development of our technology ecosystem. Here many start-ups and growing companies are using cutting edge technology to be competitive and adapt to the high speed pace of today’s business.

Manufacturing is the fastest growing industry in Northern Nevada

The manufacturing industry has been a key to the Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe region’s economic growth in recent years. Companies benefit from the vast resources available in Nevada to help businesses succeed. From available and affordable industrial space, right-to-work laws, business-friendly regulations and a central location in the Western U.S. markets, this is an ideal place to grow your business. The Information Revolution is clearly changing manufacturing in a big way and the impact of technology used in advanced manufacturing applications is rapidly changing processes, product development, and sources of energy.

Manufacturing business advantages in Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe include:

  • Strategic location among the  11 Western U.S. states, within 500 miles of 18% of the U.S. population. Ship to 60 million customers in one day and 63 million customers in 2 days.
  • Over 80 million square feet of affordable  industrial real estate.
  • Electric costs are among the lowest in the Western U.S.
  • Foreign Trade Zone (No.126) lowers operating costs by deferring or reducing duties.
  • No inventory tax. Nevada tax laws make doing business in Greater Reno-Tahoe beneficial where it counts – the bottom line!
  • Our region is dedicated to providing a labor force that is educated and hard-working.

Top Manufacturers With Operations in Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe













Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe is an ideal location to grow your west coast presence.

From transportation services  to international outsourcing, businesses large and small establish themselves in Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe to take advantage of the area’s logistics providers and gain quick, affordable access to the 11 western states.

Expand your logistics, distribution and e-commerce operations to Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe, and start seeing an increase to your bottom line.

Here are some of the many benefits of locating your operations here.

  • An extensive transportation network on two major highway corridors: Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 395.
  • Strategic location among the 11 western states, within 500 miles of 18% of the U.S. population.  Ship to 60 million people in one day and 63 million (21% of the U.S.) in two days.
  • Over 65 trucking firms provide overnight delivery to more than 80% of the 11 contiguous western states, with second day delivery to the balance.
  • Air Cargo options through the Reno-Tahoe International Airport provides daily service from UPS, FedEx and DHL.
  • Two of the nation’s largest railroads, Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe, serve Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe providing thousands of route miles and international gateway access in Mexico and Canada.
  • Foreign-Trade Zone (No. 126) with Alternative Site Framework is one of the largest in the nation.
  • Opportunity Zones in designated areas of Greater Reno-Sparks offer a tax incentive, designed to encourage long-term private investment in low-income communities.






Back office support and data centers looking to Reno-Sparks-Tahoe for business solutions have increased over 50% since 2011. Companies like Apple, Google, and Switch have all located data centers here in Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe region.

The Citadel Campus from Switch on Vimeo.

Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe is set to be a leader in clean energy

Greater Reno-Tahoe’s geography, climate and tax friendliness allow for growth throughout the clean energy sector. Close to the metro area are opportunities for:

  • Geothermal Power – Nevada is home to one of the most active geothermal landscapes in the world, making it the perfect environment for geothermal power. Top 15 Reasons Reno, Nevada is a Center for Geothermal Excellence/Map. 
  • Solar – Nevada ranks first in solar resources with an average of 250 days of sunshine each year
  • Wind Power – Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe’s open spaces make it an excellent spot to generate power from the wind.
  • Biofuels – Greater Reno–Sparks – Tahoe’s biofuels community is growing, and the rise in biofueled vehicles make the opportunities in this market abound.

Bloomberg recently wrote an article about Reno wanting to be Silicon Valley’s back office…This is true, but not just for Silicon Valley. Reno has reemerged and redefined itself in diversifying its economy, and with that, is the need for financial and intangible asset support. As one of the fastest-growing regions in the country with an ever so increasing population, it’s no wonder.

We are a “University Town” and the public/private sector cooperation is unparalleled.

Our low business costs, lack of red tape, access to political capital, training programs, and other economic development programs, low cost of living and unparalleled quality of life make Northern Nevada one of the best places to live in America. In 2018, Area Development ranked Reno, Nevada #1 Mid-Size location for business relocation.

The aerospace and defense industry in Northern Nevada is home to a number of private and public sector businesses at the leading edge of research and technology, including almost 70 years in aerospace flight testing. Names like “Dream Chaser®” and “International Space Station” have significant ties to our region. Nevada was also chosen in 2014 by the Federal Aviation Administration as a national test site for unmanned autonomous systems (UAS) and is conducting research vital to safe and efficient integration of UAS into the U.S. aviation system. The state has a long history of research and development technologies for defense applications and is also home to Air Force, Army, Navy, and National Guard stations.