Blueprint conference aims to bring more tech companies to Reno

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Hundreds of the top minds from the world of technology and innovation are in Reno this week, for the inaugural Venturebeat Blueprint Conference.

“It was a great opportunity for us to hold the conversation and bring some tech leaders together from all over the country to see our great city,”said Doug Erwin of EDAWN.

“Reno is a spotlight, It’s one of the success stories. It's gone from a high unemployment and a high foreclosure rate, and has really transformed because of the tech companies it is able to attract.”

Tuesday’s conference at the Nevada Museum of Art featured hundreds of CEOs and C-level executives, like Blackbird Air CEO Rudd Davis.

“We are really just looking to connect to the community and hear what is of most value,” said Davis. “We want to see what is not being provided by the current air service and what we can step in and help provide.”

Some of the selling points made to these CEOs are some that those who live here already know well: A 15-minute average commute, no state income tax, and Reno being ranked as one of the top ten places to live by Livability.

On hand to help convince them was Governor Brian Sandoval – who did acknowledge that the workforce is the main concern here.

“I think, being here, they realize what a great place this is to live,” Sandoval said. “There is always that worry about getting that skilled workforce that they are going to need, but I think they now there is a recognition that everything they need is going to happen here.”

While it's unclear how many of these companies will be looking at the Tahoe Reno industrial center to set up shop, Sandoval mentioned the benefit of doing so.

“The vision that came from there, to create an environment where you can pull a permit within a week and start going vertical, that doesn’t happen anywhere else, and that’s what made us special. If it’s good enough for Apple, if it’s good enough for Tesla, then that will be something they have to look at.”