I moved to Reno in 2003 with no intentions of staying for any longer than a year. My husband and I had just graduated from college in Northern California and were planning a wedding in Lake Tahoe, so we thought Reno would be a good middle ground for us to start off living in before figuring out what it was that we really wanted to do and where it was we really wanted to live. (I was raised in Southern California; he was raised in the wine country.) Ten years later … we are still here and have found it hard to leave despite the fact that both of our families and many of our good friends reside in other cities.
The temp job I took as a receptionist in 2003 at a commercial real estate development company turned into a position that has evolved over time, allowing me to experience and understand firsthand much of the area’s growth and economic development. Three office moves and a major company merger later, I’m still working for the same global corporation. I’ve watched countless developments break ground and evolve beginning with the Sierra Corporate Center that my own company developed, which later became occupied with such world class tenants as Microsoft Licensing and Intuit. Later, the Summit Sierra Lifestyle Center was built, followed by the Legends at Sparks Marina Outlets, satisfying the need for great shopping options. I’ve also witnessed the steady progression and re-development of downtown including all of the condo conversion projects like the Montage and Palladio, the whitewater kayak park, and the $58 million Reno Aces Ballpark, all of which have contributed to a reinvigorated environment downtown.
In many ways I have benefitted directly from such development. For example, I had my first baby shortly after the new $275 million Tahoe Tower was built at Renown Health, and felt more like I was booked to stay in a nice hotel room instead of at a hospital during my labor and delivery process. Also, I started graduate school shortly after the Knowledge Center and Joe Crowley Student Union opened at the University of Nevada, Reno: two buildings that rival anything I’ve seen during my experiences attending other excellent universities like CSU, Chico, the University of Maryland, and Louisiana State.
Above all, however, some of the things I like best about Reno include proximity to world class recreation, lack of smog and traffic, the energy of the small business community, convenience of amenities like having an airport and hospital less than 10 minutes away, and all of the year-round events. We are a city filled with many incredible people who have chosen to re-locate here over time for the quality of life, and we will continue to build, grow, and prosper.