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BUSINESS BRIEFS | May 12 - June 8, 2017

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Raley’s Truckee Project Moves Forward


At the end of April, JMA Ventures successfully acquired the property intended for a Raley’s Supermarket, located at Joerger Ranch on the corner of Highway 267 and Soaring Way, adjacent to the Truckee Tahoe Airport. The project will be developed in multiple phases and will consist of 16 acres for a lifestyle mixed-use commercial center. The first development phase will be anchored by a new 35,000 square foot Raley’s store. This phase will also include an additional 20,000 to 24,000 square feet of specialty retail. The new center’s leasing will be handled by Ariel Fox and Hilary Parker of Retail West Inc.

Google Makes Nevada Land-Grab


The Wall Street Journal reported April 17 that Google/Alphabet has acquired 1,210 acres of land near Reno and a few miles south of Tesla’s Gigafactory. The WSJ article speculated that Google will be setting up a data center in Waymo, Nevada, due to the fewer restrictions compared to California, but Google has not released any information on its plans for the large plot of land.

Vail Resorts CEO Donates $250,000 to Local Programs


Vail CEO Rob Katz and his wife donated $1.6 million to mountain communities across the west, with $250,000 landing here in Tahoe. $125,000 went to the Wellness Program through the Tahoe Truckee Community Collaborative, and another $125,000 to the South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center. The Wellness Program is a school-based initiative designed to improve the health and wellness of high school students, including targeting substance abuse and mental health issues. More than 400 students across the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District will be served through this program. The South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center grant will be utilized to provide a summer food program for approximately 150 children in need over the next three years.

IoT Developer Moves Headquarters to Reno


Breadware, an Internet of Things (IoT) development company, announced April 27 that the company has moved its headquarters and business operations to Reno with plans to fill 15 permanent full-time positions including sales, marketing, financial, and engineering. Breadware has created a unique hardware and software service that can be used by entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to develop products in the IoT space. Info:

SNC Students Clean up at Governor’s Cup


Sierra Nevada College posted a strong showing at the D.W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup business plan competition April 28, winning first place in the undergraduate division, while also earning the coveted Lt. Governor’s Award.  The winning business was an app called LIMIT, designed by SNC students Giulianna Crivello, Paul Wohlberg, and Rachel Whelan to allow parental monitoring and control of children’s mobile device use. The trio was awarded $25,000 and $10,000 in cash prizes, and the opportunity to compete in the D.W. Reynolds Tri-State Competition in Las Vegas on May 30.

What in the Heck is the Cloud?


The Truckee Chamber’s Knowledge Bites planned for May 18 will focus on effectively using the cloud and integrating it into business workflow. This session will bring in accomplished software product architect and entrepreneur John Lorance to help attendees learn tools and strategies to better organize, execute, and communicate, so they can have more impact with less stress. Still curious about the cloud? Info: (530) 587-8808,

Locally-Owned Suko Yama Sushi to Open in Village at Squaw Valley


A new sushi restaurant, Suko Yama Sushi, will open its doors for summer 2017. Located on the east end of the Village at Squaw Valley, Suko Yama Sushi plans to celebrate a grand opening in early June 2017 in the space previously occupied by Mamasake. Local owners Vanessa and Richard Fielder also operate Tahoe City Sushi. Suko Yama Sushi will serve signature items like homemade crab and shrimp cakes and soft shell crab “Spider” rolls. The menu will also feature noodles, tempura, teriyaki, and katsu.

Local Artist Awarded UC Davis Medical Center Contract


In early May, Truckee local Troy Corliss was awarded a contract to create artwork for the Betty Irene Moore Hall, home to the Graduate School of Nursing at the U.C. Davis Medical Center Campus in Sacramento. The artwork will be a large suspended sculpture resembling a canopy of brightly colored glass leaves and steel branching structures that will greet visitors in the main lobby of the facility with a complex patterning of shapes and color.

Reno Bar Goes Smoke Free


Although the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect in 2006, prohibiting the smoking of tobacco products in most public areas and indoor places of employment, smoking is still allowed in some locations due to exemptions. Carl’s – The Saloon will be offering a breath of fresh air, however, as it went smoke free on April 28. The move came shortly after the owners decided to swap out the saloon’s decor, so even residual smell will be a thing of the past.

A Little Wine Makes for Good Comedy


Sonoma/Tahoe City based WINERAM Production has produced a new and comical approach to incorporate four main aspects of wine found in the Paso Robles region with four new videos — History, Variety, Quality, and Creativity. The second video in the series — Variety — focuses on the cellars of Paso Robles, their unique variety of wine, and their diverse group of winemakers. It was released May 3, and you can find it at

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