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What makes Reno so special?

Midsize cities in the U.S. are seeing a renaissance as people from large metro areas are getting sick of the hustle and bustle by putting down roots in smaller cities like Reno, Nevada. Compared to big cities, you’ll find better priced housing, improved quality of life, and business opportunities galore. What is the secret of the Biggest Little City that makes it such a great place to settle down? We have five great reasons why!

 

  1. YES to Business and Jobs; NO to Income Tax.

Just three short years ago, Tesla opened its Gigafactory and employed over 5,000 people. Soon after, other large companies followed suit like Apple, Switch, Microsoft, Intuit, and Patagonia. This movement created thousands of jobs for all

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A time capsule was stashed away in the cornerstone of a Masonic lodge in Reno from the year 1872.
What was inside this artifact?



Leaders of the Freemasons and local experts joined Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve last month to unveil the
materials from inside the lead box. The time capsule was hidden in what was recently the oldest
standing commercial building in the city founded four years after Nevada was granted statehood in
1864.


Inside they discovered silver dollars minted in Carson City and San Francisco, and a piece of wood from
Sutter’s Mill where the discovery of gold sparked the California Gold Rush. Other items inside were a
quartz specimen from the drill at Sutter’s Mill, a harmonica, a business card from the Young Men’s
Christian Association (YMCA)

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One of the largest winters on record graced the Reno-Tahoe region and each week we can feel it getting a little bit warmer.

When it seemed like spring would never come, suddenly the sun is shining! Those bluebird days put the itch of summer in our shoes and we’re looking forward to enjoying so many springtime activities. You can enjoy the best of both worlds, or as locals affectionately call it “The Tahoe Trifecta”.

What is the Trifecta? Golf, boat/kayak and ski all in the same day. Seems impossible, but we can guarantee you that it isn’t. The weather is just warm enough to be comfortable, but not so warm that the lake is full of boats and paddlers.

Mountain Adventures

Many local ski resorts will be closing by the end of April, so get

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Ashley Quinn is a Nevada firm of CPAs and financial professionals with particular experience in tax planning aspects of relocation from California to Nevada.

Nevada remains one of seven states with no state income tax, which makes it even more attractive for relocation. For those coming from California, the income tax savings can amount to 13% of your taxable income. To obtain Nevada residency, an individual must make Nevada his principal place of residence, or his primary home.

So according to Ashley Quinn, what are some of the most important steps to plan for tax savings in Nevada?

Residency is a question of fact and is normally considered when the taxpayer maintains their closest connections within that state. The “Close Connection Test”

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The former Park Lane Mall site hasn’t seen any action in many years, however developers just revealed the plans for the property.

Park Lane is a 46-acre, master-planned development located on a busy corridor, close to MidTown. The site at Plumb Lane and Virginia Street will soon become a development that is pedestrian-friendly, with live-work and multi-use spaces, a 170-room hotel and a food hall called The Market Hall. The site has already undergone preparation, including replacement of aging sewer lines, for 18 months so that it could be ready for construction.

“For the past year, together with Lyon Living, we’ve been working toward raising the bar on our design and bringing to life our vision of a new lifestyle in Reno,” said Chip Bowlby,

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Welcome to our monthly Partner Spotlight! Where would we be without our partners in the community? They are just one of the many reasons that Reno-Tahoe is such a special place to live.

 

LakeCrest Builders has an excellent and diverse team that offers full custom home building services not only to the residents of Montreux, but to all of Northern Nevada. We spoke to the founders, Jim and Dave, about what their company does and why they think Reno is so special.


How did your company get started?

"Our founders, Dave Pearce and Jim Smrt have been building exceptional, custom-built homes in the Reno-Tahoe area since the early 1990’s. Together they’ve built LakeCrest Builders, a company dedicated to delivering quality workmanship that exceeds

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Lake Tahoe ski resorts have extended their operations well into the spring following record snowfall in February.

Skiers and riders rejoice! More than 50 feet of snow has fallen so far this season and the mountains could even get a bit more. An extended season has been announced by the area’s resorts, which means more bang for your buck for season pass-holders.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will operate lifts in Squaw through July 7, which is just 8 days shy of their latest closing date ever on July 15, 2017. Last year, Squaw closed following Memorial Day weekend. Alpine Meadows will operate into May with its schedule dependent on both weather and the construction of a high-speed chair lift that will replace Hot Wheels.

The serious

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Sierra Vista Park is set to begin construction next month and is scheduled to open to the public in early May.

 Director of Parks of Recreation of Reno, Andy Bass, says that they finished construction of the perimeter trail around the park last summer, and at a recent City Council meeting the city approved to start building the entrance gate. More than 200 acres will be getting a new life at the site of the former Northgate Golf Course. The area has been empty since 2009 and it’s a great opportunity to have open space preserved in the city.

The City of Reno bought the property in 2011 for $2.5 million, but was waiting to see how the city grew before deciding what to make of it. Now they are moving forward with rehabilitation and plan to add

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Welcome to our monthly Partner Spotlight! Where would we be without our partners in the community? They are just one of the many reasons that Reno-Tahoe is such a special place to live.

As head of Montreux Security, Mary McDonald and her team are oftentimes the first impressions that our clients have entering through the gates. The feedback that they receive is nothing short of wonderful! We sat down with Mary to learn a little bit more about her.

Your experience in security is extensive. What brought you out to Nevada?

“I had 25 years of experience at the St. Petersburg, FL Police Department, retiring at the rank of Major.  I held Patrol, Patrol Sgt., Patrol Lt., Patrol Major, Training Major, Investigations Sex Crimes Detective and Major,

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Snow is falling in Northern Nevada and while everyone has skiing on the brain, we’re thinking about how to get you the most bang for your buck.

Spring is generally the most popular time of year when homes go on the market, but why get lost in the fray when you can beat the horde? Deciding to sell your home in the winter could reap you some cold, hard cash.

1. More serious buyers.

Not only are folks willing to brave the weather to look at homes, but you’ll avoid running into what we call looky-loos. Not everyone at your open house or touring your home intends to make a purchase. Some people are just thinking about moving and seeing what’s out there. Since so many homes pop up on the market in summer and fall, this is where we notice the most

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