Mike KazmierskiCity Grill

Mike Kazmierski
President and CEO
Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada

Business leaders in the Reno area have worked very hard to attract manufacturing to the region, including Tesla Motors—which is building a “gigafactory” for batteries—and e-commerce companies, says Kazmierski. Growth remains rapid in the Tahoe-Reno industrial center, he says, adding that Tesla’s battery facility is 15% complete, with another 3 million sq ft planned. In addition, Switch is working on the first phase of what will be the world’s largest data center—6.4 million sq ft at completion.

Firm in Focus

Q&D Construction Inc.
1050 S. 21st St. Sparks, Nev.
President & CEO: Chris Dianda
Employees: 560
Founded: 1964
What’s new: The firm is set to complete the 108,000-sq-ft E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center at the University of Nevada Reno in early January, featuring an indoor running track and basketball courts.