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BUSINESS BRIEFS | March 8 - April 11, 2018

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Truckee Donner PUD Awards $90K Rebate to Tahoe Truckee Unified School District


TDPUD recently awarded the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) $90,000 in energy efficiency rebates to support school projects, which the school district celebrated at its Feb. 7 board of education meeting. The rebate allows TTUSD to complete energy efficiency and lighting retrofit projects at the Joerger Drive maintenance building and parking lot, Sierra High School, and Alder Creek Middle School. The project is expected to save 174,500 kilowatt-hours annually, equating to over $30,000 saved on electricity costs per year. Info:

Olympic Valley Microgrid Project Proposed


The Olympic Valley Microgrid Project would leverage battery storage technology to create a new way to store surplus energy and deliver it to the utility’s grid (see p. 12). Liberty Utilities and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows discussed options to explore a potential site on Squaw Alpine property, along with Tesla, the potential manufacturer of the energy storage system. The proposed project would provide more electric reliability in Olympic Valley. The use of battery technology would be an upgrade to Liberty Utilities’ infrastructure and would provide an additional source of power that could be distributed through the grid when needed. Info:

New Co-Working Space Opens


Mountain Workspace is a new “co-working” office environment that features a variety of work space options for productivity and networking. Several options offered for industrious and entrepreneurial people include private offices, dedicated workstations, open worktables, and three separate conference rooms. Amenities include a lounge, a kitchen with complimentary coffee and snacks, lockers, mailboxes, printing, copying and scanning capabilities, sound-proof telephone booths, a training and education room, teleconferencing and videoconferencing, 24-7 access, and high-speed fiber optic wireless internet. The idea for the business is to provide an affordable rentable workspace for those who live and work in Tahoe without offices of their own. Info:

Auto and Tire Doctor Expands


The Auto and Tire Doctor in Truckee announced it had expanded in February, and opened an Express Lube shop next door to their existing store. The Express Lube shop will offer expedited oil change and vehicle maintenance services, and no appointments will be required for services. The shop will be holding a grand opening on March 15.

Stomp Sessions Brings Lessons with Pro Athletes to Tahoe


Mountain enthusiasts can now book “Ride with a Pro” services with Stomp Sessions, a mobile and web platform, at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Stomp, a startup founded in Truckee, began by connecting skateboarders with pro skaters and local experts in Southern California for lessons, classes, and the opportunity to learn from professionals. Stomp is now entering the snowsports market, helping users connect with local pro athletes including Jeremy Jones, JT Holmes, Julia Mancuso, and Jamie Anderson. On-mountain private lessons with Stomp pros start at one hour, serving up to three people and include lift line priority access for the duration of each session, maximizing time on the mountain. Info:

Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty Announces New Development Opportunity on Donner Summit, New Reno Location


The Sierra Sun Villas, Sierra Sotheby’s newest development, is a 9.24-acre development consisting of three parcels adjacent to Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. The development opportunity includes eight lots and a total of 36 townhomes, with parking, and open space for recreation. Preliminary architectural designs for the first 12 luxury residential units include approximately 2,200-2,400 square feet per unit. There are two proposed development options: phased construction of 12 units each year, or complete build out. The development is listed at $2,995,000. Sierra Sotheby’s also announced their new location and 10th office at the Summit Reno on Feb. 8. Info:

Ikon Partners with Protect Our Winters through $50K Donation


The Ikon Pass and Alterra Mountain Company have partnered with Protect Our Winters (POW) to create a three-level, $50,000 partnership furthering climate change education and advocacy. $25,000 will be given to POW establishing the Ikon Pass Fund, with the purpose of supporting POW’s three industry-led climate initiatives: setting an economy-wide price on carbon, transitioning to a clean-energy economy by investing in solar energy, and utilizing innovative transit solutions to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. The Ikon Pass also becomes a Summit Level Partner, through another $25,000 donation. As a Summit Level Partner, the Ikon Pass is funding POW’s goal using the outdoor economy to create meaningful climate solutions at the state and federal level. In addition, all Ikon Pass holders will receive a complimentary one-year $50-valued membership in their name to POW.  Info:

Glodow Nead Communications Now PR Agency for Squaw Creek


Glodow Nead Communications is now the public relations agency of record for the Resort at Squaw Creek. Glodow is a San Francisco based PR agency that services luxury destination resorts around the world, offering brand development, public relations, social media, event planning, media training, and crisis communications. They are also the PR agency for The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. Info:

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