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Bird: Mountain Bluebird
Tree: Bristlecone Pine
Mammal: Desert Bighorn Sheep
Capital: Carson City
Entered the Union: October 31, 1864 (36th)
Origin of Name: Spanish for “snow-covered”
State Motto: All for Our Country
State Nicknames: Sagebrush State • Silver State • Battle Born State
State Song: “Home Means Nevada”
National Forests: 2 • State Parks: 23
Famous for: Gambling, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Las Vegas, Gold & Silver Mining, Wild Mustangs, Outdoor Recreation
- Nevada was made famous by the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode, the richest known U.S. silver deposit.
- Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.
- Nevada is the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States.
- Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place on earth.
- Most of the state is desert, but the Sierra Nevada mountain range near Reno and the Ruby Mountains near Elko have
snow for half the year.
- Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state, with its highest point at the 13,145 foot top of
Boundary Peak near the west-central border.
- About 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day.
- In 1899 Charles Fey invented the slot machine named the Liberty Bell. In 1999 Nevada had 205,726 slot machines, one for
every ten residents.
Located in the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, the breathtaking Reno-Sparks-Lake Tahoe area is not your average
vacation destination. From the arts to the cultural splendor, from the casinos to its unprecedented natural surroundings, Reno is a city rich in
both tradition and fresh entertainment. Minutes from world-famous Lake Tahoe, the Reno-Sparks
community is surrounded by natural beauty and limitless recreational opportunities. The Reno-Sparks-Lake Tahoe region has over 18 world class
ski resorts, many just a short 45-minutes from downtown, and 40 -plus golf courses. The area also boasts 60 gaming locations, the
National Bowling Stadium, the National Automobile Museum, Rancho San Rafael Park’s Arboretum and Wilbur D. May Great Basin
Adventure, the historic boomtown of Virginia City, and world-class fishing, hiking, biking, and numerous other outdoor activities.
The quality of life in the region is tough to beat. 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, snow is certain. Here the sun shines more than
300 days a year. 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.
Downtown Reno Districts
There is a renaissance in Downtown Reno! The swelling tide of enthusiasm, energy, and investment has
created an environment for adaptive reuse of the property, new businesses, historical preservation, and
improved residential areas and arts and cultural activities. Downtown Reno as a whole and its unique
connected districts have been features in AAA, Via, New York Magazine and Sunset Magazine –
Northern Nevada Business Weekly.
- Masonic, Bruka & Lear Theatre
- National Bowling Stadium
- Reno Bike Project
- National Automobile Museum
- Reno Aces Ballpark
- Nevada Museum of Art
- Discovery Museum
Since the 1990’s Sparks has grown tremendously, offering residents and visitors a wide array of services and activities. Sparks was reported as the fastest growing city in Nevada between 1999 – 2008 and continues to grow. Quality of life is cited as one of the main reasons people relocate to the Sparks area. Summer and winter
outdoor activities abound!
Sparks is known as the premier special events venue for all of northern Nevada with attractions on the
Victorian Square bringing thousands of visitors to such annual events as Hometown Farmer’s Market, Hot
August Nights, Best in the West (Nugget) Rib Cook-off and Hometown Christmas.
- Victorian Square
- Sparks Marina
- Legends Shopping Center
- Golden Eagle Sports Complex
Current Population Washoe County: 460,587
Average Reno Home Price: $445,000
Average 2 bedroom apartment: $1,060/mo
Business and Gaming
When people think of Nevada, they think of gambling. However,
over the last couple of decades, Reno and Sparks have become
much more than just gaming cities. With many prominent
corporations residing in the area, INC Magazine rated Reno and the
sixth-best spot to do business for a mid-sized city.
Nevada Tax Structure
Nevada’s tax structure continues to be one of the least burdensome
in the country, allowing both business and employees to flourish.
Regions largest non-gaming employers:
1. Washoe County School District
2. University of Nevada, Reno
3. Washoe County
4. Renown Medical
5. International Game Technology
Reno-Sparks Largest Industry Sectors:
1. Wholesale Trade, Transportation & Utilities
2. Leisure & Hospitality
3. Accommodation and Food Service
5. Professional & Business Services
6. Educational and Health Services
7. Retail Trade
8. Goods Producing
9. Local Government
10. Casino Hotels
Additional Advantages of Doing Business in
Stockholders, directors, and officers need not live or hold
meetings in Nevada
Directors need not be stockholders
Officers and directors of a Nevada Corporation can be protected
from personal liability for lawful acts of the corporation
Nevada corporation may purchase, hold, sell or transfer shares of
US Best States for Doing Business:
The state of Nevada ranked #9 Chief Executives’ annual survey asked
over 600 CEOS to grade each state on the following criteria:
Taxation & Regulation
Reno’s economy is principally based in the trade and service sector, with approximately 65% of the workforce employed in these
occupations. Although gaming and other recreational activities represent a significant portion of the growing economy and
assessed valuation, the City is experiencing a gradual diversification of its business base with the expansion of distribution,
warehousing, and manufacturing facilities. Approximately 25% of the workforce is employed in the fields of construction,
manufacturing, transportation, communications, public utilities, and finance related services.
The Reno area is serviced by two major highways. Union Pacific railroad and a number of trucking and airline carriers make it
possible to ship from Reno to 80% of the 11 western states on a next-day basis.
Nevada has no corporate or personal income tax and is a right-to-work state. These factors have contributed to the State’s
tremendous growth in the 1990s and into the 2000s.
In addition to the accomplishments of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada in bringing new business to
Northern Nevada, the City of Reno Economic and Redevelopment Agency has begun both entertainment and housing projects in the
City’s downtown sector.
Over thirty million dollars of City and one billion dollars in private/other public investment has been made in downtown Reno to
modernize and beautify infrastructure and facilities. A maintenance district was established to ensure that the downtown area will remain
clean and beautiful. The City also established a police district downtown to ensure a safer environment.
City of Reno www.reno.gov 775.334.4636
City of Sparks www.cityofsparks.us 775.353.5555
Washoe County www.washoecounty.us 775.328.2000
State of Nevada http://nv.gov Various listings
Nevada Department of Taxation http://tax.nv.gov 1.866.962.3707
Nevada Secretary of State www.nvsos.gov 775.684.5708
Nevada Association of Employers www.nae-online.org 775.329.4241
Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce www.thechambernv.org 775.636.9550
Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitor’s Authority www.visitrenotahoe.com 800.367.7366
Economic Development Authority of Western NV www.EDAWN.org 775.829.3700
Job Opportunities in Nevada www.join.org 775.785.6106
Center for Regional Studies (UNR) www.centerforregionalstudies.org 775.784.1771
Small Business Department (UNR) www.nsbdc.org 800.240.7094
Any student NEW to the Washoe County School District (WCSD) must present a birth certificate and an immunization record from your
health care provider. A utility bill may be necessary for proof of residency, and the student’s Social Security
number also is requested. High school students younger than 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to register.
If you are not sure which school your child should attend, call the Zoning Office at 348.0200 or visit
For information on Immunization, clinics call 328-2441. Immunizations are required for children attending Washoe County schools.
Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date. Bring your child’s shot record.
The following clinics offer immunizations:
Washoe County Health Department – 775.328.2441
Health Access Washoe County – 775.770.6035
Washoe County School District – www.washoeschools.net – 775.348.0200
The Washoe County public schools offer a superior education to 64,000 students in over 90 schools. The students mirror the excellent
programs and curriculum offered by consistently scoring above state and national norms in standardized achievements tests as well as
college entrance exams.
The District offers a full spectrum of curricular offerings from special education to gifted and talented at all schools. It offers special
programs in alternative education for at-risk students, drug education and for all students an aggressive program in sex and AIDS
education. Offerings in forensics, music and art help prepare students for future life. The high schools offer over 60 extracurricular
activities for both girls and boys.
University of Nevada, Reno
The University of Nevada, Reno is the state’s historic flagship institution of higher education. The University has a student
enrollment of more than 16,000, including about 3,200 graduate students, and a total budget of nearly $500 million.
The University provides a broad range of programs and degree options, ranging from baccalaureate degrees in more than 75
disciplines to more than 100 graduate-degree programs at the Masters and Doctoral level. The University of Nevada School of Medicine
is a vital component of the University, with campuses in both of Nevada’s major urban centers, Las Vegas and Reno, and a health
network that extends to much of rural Nevada.
The University of Nevada was founded in 1874 in Elko as the state’s first institution of higher education. Relocated to Reno in 1887, the
University remained the state’s only institution of higher education for 75 years. The first building on the Reno campus, Morrill Hall, is
still in use today, and the campus has grown from a small cluster of buildings surrounding a central quadrangle (modeled after Thomas
Jefferson’s design for the University of Virginia), to a 250-acre site just north of downtown Reno.
The University is one of eight institutions of higher education governed by the Nevada System of Higher Education.
The University has 76 undergraduate degree programs and more than 100 graduate degree programs (66 master’s and 37 doctoral
programs) from which students may choose. New majors approved recently include Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Science,
Forest and Rangeland Management, Wildlife Ecology, and Computer and Information Engineering. The University is also in the process
of adding new Ph.D. programs in Mathematics, Statistics, and Geography, and a new interdisciplinary undergraduate program in
The tuition for Nevada resident undergraduates is among the lowest in the western United States and is a reflection of the Board of
Regents’ and state legislature’s policy to provide access to as many Nevada high school graduates as are qualified. For example, the
resident undergraduate tuition and fees total $2,850, which is lower than all but one of 15 western states. Non-resident
undergraduate tuition and fees total $11,524 which is at the median for the western states.
Coupled with its status as a land-grant institution, the University necessarily has a statewide mission and boasts programs and activities in
all 17 counties of the state. It has more than 700 employees outside the Reno area, most of them in Las Vegas. It plays a critical role in
the promotion of health throughout the state through its Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.
The University’s athletics programs compete in NCAA Division I as part of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The
University fields competitive teams in 18 sports, with seven men’s sports and 11 women’s sports teams offering
Reno/Tahoe International Airport
2001 E. Plumb Lane
280 N Center Steet775.329.8638
Reno offers railroad service for passengers and freight.
Greyhound Bus Line
155 Stevenson St
* Greyhound Bus Lines operate throughout the country
and have many services in and out of Reno.
*Citifare Public Bus Line provides local
transportation throughout Reno year round.
Regional Transportation Commission
Reno-Sparks Cab Co. – 775.333.3333
Whittlesea Taxi – 775.322.2222
Yellow Cab Company – 775.355.5555
Things To Do
Reno/Sparks is home to the Reno/Tahoe Open, Hot August Nights, Reno Rodeo, Reno Championship Air Races,
Great Reno Balloon Races, The National Bowling Stadium, and Shakespeare at Lake Tahoe and the home of The
Reno Aces AAA Baseball Team. Other events include Cinco de Mayo Celebration, The Great Italian Festival and
Street Vibrations and the counter-cultural festival, Burning Man held in the Black Rock Desert 90 miles north.
Reno/Sparks/Tahoe is the cultural center of the Sierra’s. The arts are alive with the area’s own Philharmonic
Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and the annual UNR Jazz Festival. One of the area’s most successful events is
ARTown, which has grown into one of the largest visual and performing festivals in the country because of the
events that take place during the entire month of July.
Reno/Sparks/Tahoe’s natural beauty and its distinctive four-season climate combine to offer almost every type of
recreational activity. The majestic Sierra Nevada mountains form the western boundary of the Truckee Meadows
features Alpine and Nordic skiing at 18 major resorts. Fishing, sailing, swimming, hiking, biking, camping, and
horseback riding are all exceptional and less than half an hour away in the numerous mountains or desert lakes
surrounding the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area.
For event location and details, visit www.visitrenotahoe.com.
2019 Special Events Calendar
Jan 11-12 – PBR: Velocity Tour
Jan 12 – Jeff Foxworthy
Jan 18-20 – The King and I-The Musical
Jan 18– Lewis Black
Feb 9– Tom Segura
Feb 15– The Oak Ridge Boys
Feb 16– Dierks Bentley
Feb 24– Tim McGraw
Mar 8– Dancing with the Stars: Live!
Mar 15-17 – The Wizard of Oz– The Musical
Mar 22-24 – Monster Jam
Mar 30 – Darci Lynne
April 6 – Alan Parsons Live Project
April 13 – Steven Wright
April 26– Old Dominion
April 27-28– Classix Series: Requiem
May – Reno River Festival
May 17-19 – Hot August Nights Spring Fever Revival
June 7-9 – Street Vibrations Spring Rally
June 20-29 – Reno Rodeo
June 14-15 – Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues
July 1-31- Artown
July 4 – Star Spangled Sparks
July 4-6 – Biggest Little City Wing Fest
July 22-28- Barracuda Championship
Aug 6-11 – Hot August Nights
Aug 17 – Northern Nevada Dragon Boat Festival
Aug 25– Sept 2 – Burning Man
Aug 28– Sept 2 – Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off
Sept – Virginia City International Camel Races
Sept 6-8 – Annual Great Reno Balloon Races
Sept 11-15 – National Championship Air Races
Sept 25-29 – Street Vibrations Fall Rally
Sept 28-29 – Genoa Candy Dance
Oct 5-6 – Great Italian Festival
Oct 26 – Nevada Day Parade
Nov 23-24 – Crafts for Christmas
Dec 1-2 – Sparks Hometown Christmas
Dec 26-31 – Nevada Chamber Music Festival
Nevada State Parks
Camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, nature study, star-gazing—not your thing? How about mountain biking, horseback
riding, boating, water skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating? Choose your favorite outdoor activity and Nevada State Parks will
provide a place for it. Nevada’s 23 state parks, recreation areas, and historic sites are stretched across terrains as diverse as
alpine forests and bone-dry deserts. Among them are natural lakes and man-made reservoirs, such as world-famous, 22 miles
long Lake Tahoe or the much smaller Echo Canyon and its 35-acre reservoir.
Other parks provide glimpses into the past. Valley of Fire is one of the state’s oldest, with 3,000-year-old petroglyphs carved
in sandstone and breathtaking views of the maroon-colored rock formations created during the age of the dinosaurs.
Mormon Station in Genoa and the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort feature replicas of 19th-century fortifications and visitor
centers explaining regional history.
Many campgrounds and RV facilities are open all year, depending on the weather – you can even stay in a yurt at Cave Lake
State Park near Ely. Trailheads are well marked, and facilities at many parks include RV dump stations, showers and day use
facilities for groups. For more information on Off-highway Vehicles (OHV) registration, go to the Department of Motor
Vehicles at dmvnv.com.
- Beaver Dam State Park
- Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
- Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area
- Cathedral Gorge State Park
- Cave Lake State Park
- Dayton State Park
- Echo Canyon State Park
- Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site
- Fort Churchill State Historic Site
- Fort Churchill State Historic Park
- Kershaw-Ryan State Park
- Lahontan State Recreation Area
- Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
- Mormon Station State Historic Park
- Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park
- Rye Patch State Recreation Area
- South Fork State Recreation Area
- Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
- Spring Valley State Park
- Valley of Fire State Park
- Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park
- Washoe Lake State Park
- Wild Horse State Recreation Park
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