We love this place!
The breathtaking Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe area goes beyond just
being an exciting gaming destination.
Located in the heart of one of the fastest growing areas in the country,
Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe offers a pro-business climate, excellent quality
of life and world-class vacation and recreation amenities.
Reno's temperate character
At 4500 feet altitude, the Reno area offers four distinct seasons
with few extremes. Average temperatures range from winter lows in the
20's to summer highs in the 90's. Low humidity characterizes the area,
making the cool days seem not so cold, and the warm days not so hot.
Rain is scarce (fewer than eight inches on average annually), as are
cloudy days. Snow, however, is certain (23.5 inches on average per year),
though it tends to melt by late afternoon in the valleys. Here, the
sun shines more than 300 days a year, providing warm days, cool nights
and blue skies. For more information on the weather in Reno, click
Business breaks and benefits.
Tax benefits (no corporate, personal income, unitary, inventory,
or franchise tax), accessibility to western markets, transportation
hub, abundance of available industrial/office/commercial space, advanced
telecommunications infrastructure, business-friendly regulations, and
high quality of life make Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe an extremely attractive
place to do business and live. Michelin North America, Microsoft Licensing,
John Deere Company, Kal Kan, Amazon.com, Intuit and Cisco Systems are
just a few examples of companies who have recently chosen to expand
in or move into our region. They join long-standing companies, such
Ralston Foods, International Game Technology and R. R. Donnelley and
Sons, in calling northern Nevada their home.
The tremendous resources of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR),
Small Business Development Center and Truckee Meadows Community College
(TMCC) provide a wide variety of assistance to the business community
and opportunities for collaboration. All major fields of study and many
advanced degree programs are provided at UNR, a fully accredited state
university. And TMCC offers numerous training programs and will customize
programs for individual businesses.
Crossing was the first name for the Reno area. It was a camping place
for the travelers passing through. It was in May of 1868 that it became
a city when the railway agent held an auction of real estate. There
were 100 houses within a month. The actual name came in honor of a Union
officer of the Civil War, General Jesse Lee Reno.
The founding of Reno: 1868
A Warm Welcome
a newcomer to the Reno-Sparks area, the mountains or the small-town
feel may surprise you. You may marvel at the brick architecture of
some of Reno's downtown buildings, the frontier independence, the
contrast of the Truckee River floating tranquilly against the neon
lights. So, the Truckee Meadows - the community at large surrounded
by greens and blues and fluorescents - will surprise you as a great
place to live, work, and raise a family.
The following are resources to help you get settled:
of Motor Vehicles 775-688-2368
NV Energy 775-834-4444
Waste Management 775-329-8822
Public Library Downtown Branch 775-327-8300
Reno Gazette Journal 775-788-6200
Sparks Tribune 775-358-8061
Ahora (Spanish-English) 775-323-6811
Reno News & Review 775-324-4440
A T & T 775-333-4811
County Registrar of Voters 775-328-3670
New home construction is booming throughout the Reno area. As the
housing market expands, consumers are pleased to find homes to meet
every taste and budget, from cozy to spacious, single-family to cluster
homes, condos to apartments. The following resources can help with
finding a new residence:
for Rent 775-829-7368
Apartment Guide 775-329-1442
Reno-Sparks Association of Realtors
biggest factor for retirees moving to Reno is the affability of the
area's residents. Next would be the beautiful scenery, mild climate,
and convenient transportation, says Cindy Thillippe, employment specialist
with the American Association of Retired Persons.
"My husband and I have lived many places," Thillippe says,
"but we always come back to Reno. People here are friendlier
than any place on the West Coast."
For most retirees, the low cost of living in the region is a deciding
factor in their decision to move to the area.
"The business community is responsive to the needs of many seniors
who continue to work in order to pay their bills," Thillippe
says. "Even on a budget, there's an abundance of low-cost and
free things to do in the Reno/Sparks area."
There also are plenty of community services for seniors and state-of-the-art
health care facilities.
"One reason my father decided to move here from California after
retirement," says Steve Waller, financial adviser with Great
Basin Federal Credit Union, "is the wealth of senior programs.
The area has the benefits of a small town lifestyle combined with
the amenities and services of a large metropolitan area."
Waller says the main reason the Reno/Sparks area is an attractive
retirement area is the lack of a state income tax. "From a financial
standpoint, this is a huge factor for seniors," he says.
Courtesy of the Reno Gazette-Journal Custom Publishing Group
These agencies and organizations specialize in fulfilling the needs
of Northern Nevada seniors:
Daycare Program 328-2591
American Association of Retired Persons 323-2243
Catholic Community Services 322-7073
Client Assistance Program 688-1440
Crisis Call Center 784-8090
Division for Aging Services-Community Ombudsman 688-2964
Elder Care Locator (800) 677-1116
Elder Protective Services 688-2964
Lend-a-Hand Senior Services 322-8414
Meals on Wheels 328-2581
Medicare (Reno Social Security Office) 784-5221
Nevada Consumer Affairs Division 688-1800
Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living 353-3599
Sanford Center for Aging (UNR) 784-4774
Senior Bridges 356-4071
Senior Companion Program 358-2322
Social Security Administration 784-5221/(800) 772-1213
Veterans Administration Benefits Information and
Assistance (800) 827-1000
Veterans Administration Medical Center 786-7200
Washoe County Senior Law Project 328-2592
Washoe County Senior Services 328-2575