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Deep in the desert, an experiment in economic development

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Lance Gilman has transformed a pocket of Northern Nevada into a global center of business. /Photo by David Kidd

Why businesses and employees from around the country have flocked to the desert in Nevada

By Mike Maciag | Governing

Storey County is a stretch of sparsely settled Northern Nevada landscape, 264 square miles of largely unpopulated valleys, mountains and rocky desert terrain. Herds of wild horses graze the land. At last count, the county seat had a population of 845.

But on a recent weekday afternoon, there’s a major traffic backup in one corner of the county. Lines of tractor-trailers and cars with out-of-state license plates trudge slowly toward the entrance to Interstate 80 — a near-daily occurrence commuters have grown accustomed to. It’s all because of the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, a massive complex of buildings that claims to be (and may well be) the largest industrial park in the world.


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