EDAWN’s Plan for Zero Homelessness

Zero homelessness is possible. According to the New York Times, “nine communities in the United States have reached a rigorous standard known as ‘functional zero’ for chronic homelessness – a standard that indicates homelessness is rare.”

In the healthcare sector, a collaborative methodology was first pioneered to keep infectious diseases from spreading. The sole existing program that has proven to reduce or eliminate homelessness over time is a similar methodology. Here in the Reno community, there are more than 1,000 men, women, and children that are homeless. In order to combat this, there needs to be a plan rather than accepting the difficult problem as unsolvable.

In an article from EDAWN, they outline six critical phases to address the problem of homelessness:

Phase One: Prevention, coordination, and planning.

“There are things we are already doing to prevent long-term homelessness. A great example is the relocation and expansion of the Eddy house, with a new focus on training homeless youth to help them acquire the skills they need to get a job to escape a life of chronic homelessness. As for planning, over the past year, our local governments established the Community Homeless Advisory Board (CHAB), which meets regularly to work collaboratively to develop solutions. The CHAB commissioned a study by OrgCode Consulting, implemented some of the report’s recommendations, and recently joined Built for Zero. This national program helps communities achieve the goal of ‘zero functional homeless.'”

Phase Two: Provide facilities that enable the separate of men and women/children.

“The Record Street campus is overcrowded and unsafe. With the state’s help, our local governments acquired the former Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS) campus. The campus was recently renovated and now provides homeless women and children wrap-around services in a safe environment as they engage in programs that move them on a path to self-sufficiency.”

Phase Three: Acquire land near the downtown and relocate the Record Street shelter.

“Setting up a safe and drug-free campus that provides a place for all citizens experiencing homelessness requires a larger area. There are ongoing plans to set up a campus that offers tents, accommodates pets and even campers in a secure environment where shelter, feeding, security, and wrap-around services are readily available.”

Phase Four: Address the funding needed to execute the plan.

“While there is some funding available to address our homelessness needs, the growing number of camps and working homeless, some as a result of pandemic related unemployment, is a clear indication that we must do more. While emergency shelter and food are vital, we need adequately funded wrap-around services and programs to help the homeless address and cope with some of the root causes of chronic homelessness, like drug and alcohol addiction.”

Phase Five: Aggressive enforcement and maintenance of the effort.

“Once the resources are in place, we must redirect our homeless to the resources and facilities to survive first, and eventually thrive. Getting more ambassadors and adding river rangers will help us identify and address new homeless. By avoiding the costs associated with cleaning up homeless encampments, countless emergency room incidents, and the diversion of our policing efforts, we will save resources that can address other community needs.”

Phase Six: Increase affordable housing.

“We continue to fall short of our growing housing needs, causing the cost of housing to go up due to supply and demand. These rising prices make it more difficult, if not impossible, for many people to find a place to live. That is why we must make every effort to encourage and support more housing construction, especially affordable housing.”

What do you think of EDAWN’s Plan? Leave me a comment below!

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Creative Ways to Solve Nevada’s Affordable Housing Shortage

Affordable housing is defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as housing the costs no more than 30% of a person or household’s income. For people in the lowest income brackets, that’s next to impossible amid a global pandemic and an unforgiving job market.

Reno’s housing marketing is in a period of historically low inventory. There are only 41 affordable housing units for every 100 renter households earning between 31% – 50% of the median income. There are only 27 affordable units for every 100 renters making 30% or less of the area’s median income (according to an analysis of Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data from 2010 – 2014).

In addition to the housing shortage, there were also more than 7,000 people estimated experiencing homelessness in Nevada as of January 2019, a number that is believed to be undercounted. Affordable housing seems to come with a negative perception, often hindering its creation, in addition to the costs and hurdles that exist for developers. Despite these challenges, housing advocates and nonprofits are working to address this critical need.

Some of the solutions offer a health care facility, others a drive thru tent, and still others tiny houses. Click here to read the full article of the movers and shakers in our area who are addressing the affordable housing shortage.

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$3B Clean Energy Project To Be Built East of Reno

America’s largest carbon-neutral industrial park is coming to Northern Nevada.

TerraScale, a southern California-based clean infrastructure design and development company, was pitched the Reno-Sparks region by Stan Thomas, the VP of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). Danny Hayes, TerraScale’s CEO, liked the idea so much that less than a week after the pitch he hit the road to see our beautiful area for himself.

As it turned out, our little slice of Nevada had everything Hayes was searching for to launch the ambitious green technology project: vast amounts of open land; plenty of sunshine; robust fiber infrastructure; untapped geothermal opportunities; proximity to five major West Coast ports; and a business-friendly attitude.

Dubbed Energos Reno, the project will include development of a data center that will leverage the site’s renewable energy infrastructure to make it a fully carbon-neutral, off-grid facility. At full build-out, the project will be the largest in the U.S. powered by hybrid renewable energy. TerraScale plans to develop 3,700 acres of land in Churchill County, hugging the Reno-Sparks Interstate 80 corridor and 1/3 of the property will be marked as an Opportunity Zone with the entire patch of land designated as a Federal Foreign Trade Zone. Within the development will be a scalable data center and logistics hub with 500 megawatts of renewable power generate on site within 10 years.

The total cost of the project and development is expected to exceed $3 billion and Hayes even anticipates that the amount of financed development will be closer to $6 billion if everything were to work out according to plan. The company plans to create roughly 50 jobs over the next three to five years and the carbon-neutral development could lead to 300 – 400 jobs, if not significantly more. The Energos project also looks to establish and develop a strong relationship with the University of Nevada, Reno. UNR President Brian Sandoval echoed that sentiment during a press conference earlier this month and is “very excited about the myriad of possibilities”.

“Clearly, if Nevada is to create jobs today, we have to seize the opportunities and industries of tomorrow,” said Sandoval, who advocated for diversifying and advancing Nevada’s economy during his time as governor (2011-2019). “(Today’s) announcement, which signifies a really important step forward in the world of data and renewable infrastructure, couldn’t come at a more opportune moment.”

Click here to watch the press conference recap.

Click here to watch the Energos Reno video.

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Buyer & Seller Guides Winter 2021

Buyer and Seller Guides for Winter 2021 are here!

Our Buyer and Seller Guides offer a wide variety of up to date real estate market information and processes to follow when buying or selling a home.

BUYERS

For those who are looking to buy a home next year, there really isn’t any reason to wait until the spring. Why is that? The housing market recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. Many experts agree the turnaround from the nation’s economic pause is playing out extremely well for real estate, so it’s framing up to be an ideal time to buy a home for those who are ready to make a purchase. Here are just a few reasons why homebuyers could win big this season:

  1. Mortgage rates are very low. In 2020, rates hit all-time lows more than a dozen times, falling below 3% for the first time ever.
  2. Buying is more affordable than renting. Due to the trend of low mortgage rates, this has made the typical monthly payment even lower than current rental rates.
  3. Equity is growing. According to John Burns Consulting, 58.7% of homes in the U.S. have at least 60% equity, and 42.1% of homes in the United States are mortgage-free, meaning they’re owned free and clear. With this much equity, the change of the market seeing a rush of foreclosures is not likely.
  4. Home prices are appreciating. Leading experts say that home prices are forecasted to continue appreciating and many experts are re-forecasting their projections in an upward direction.

All in all, if you’ve been considering buying a home this may be your perfect moment.

SELLERS

Many homeowners think selling in the spring when more buyers are in the market is the way to go. In reality, it’s more about the ratio of buyers to sellers that creates opportunities. Selling when the fewest number of homes are available to buy is what puts sellers in the driver’s seat. With today’s high buyer traffic and low inventory, this power combination makes now the optimal time to sell–before your neighbors put their homes on the market in the spring. Here’s how it breaks down.

  1. High buyer demand. Buyer demand is strong and showing no signs of slowing down. Buyer showing are up 64.1% compared to the same time last year, according to ShowingTime a firm that tracks the average number of buyer showings on residential properties.
  2. Low inventory of homes for sale. Purchaser demand is so high, the market is running out of available homes for sale. Homebuilders are also increasing construction, but they cannot keep up with the growing demand.

If you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, don’t wait. A seller will always negotiate the best deal when demand is high, and supply is low. That’s exactly what’s happening in the real estate market today.

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Reno Housing Market Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

The Reno-Sparks Association of Realtors released the market stats for October and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Housing inventory was down to a number so low that it is driving prices up at an incredible rate.

Take a look at that graph. The 0.6 months supply of inventory means that if no homes came on the market we would exhaust our supply of single family home inventory in the Reno Sparks area in 18 days. 

With 568 New Homes, 616 Sold, 656 New Contracts and 394 Active Homes on the market at the end of October there is now a supply and demand problem that is pushing the median homes sales price to $455,000. There is no relief in sight. The new home builders are 15 months out if you order now. So folks coming to Reno for jobs are outbidding up the homes trying to be a winner! Appraised value is being thrown out the window by buyers who have the cash to close the gap when getting a loan or they just pay all cash and there is no appraisal. This is happening at all market  levels, from homes that are a few hundred thousand to homes in the millions.

The secret about Northern Nevada is out – not only is it one of eight states with no income tax, but it’s the ultimate place for work and play. Many people are falling in love with Reno for its tight community and plethora of activities to satiate any interest.

Nevada has been consistently ranked by Money and Forbes as one of the best overall business climates in the nation coupled with one of the lowest tax burdens in the country. Businesses will also benefit from competitive utility rates for commercial buildings and low start-up costs. There are reasonable regulatory, licensing, and annual fees to make doing business more lucrative.

Northern Nevada is sunny and beautiful around 300 days out of the year, every year. Maybe that’s why the region is home to world-class ski resorts, championship golf, and Lake Tahoe’s haven of recreation. Any and every activity exists here, from dog parks to hiking and mountain biking trails, to boating on the crystal-clear Lake Tahoe. You can find yourself in the beautiful tall pine trees happening upon alpine lakes and scenic vistas, or you can find yourself in the rolling hills where the wild horses like to roam. Either way, there are a myriad of activities to explore in every season.

In summary, life in Reno is great and everyone else is finally realizing just that.

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Why Do We Celebrate Nevada Day?

Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864 and was established by the Nevada Legislature as an official state holiday in 1933. Since then, Nevadans across the state have spent the last Friday of October celebrating with parades and commemoration of rich, Nevadan history.

Since 2000, Carson City’s newspaper, Nevada Appeal, has sponsored a month-long “treasure hunt” each year for the whole month of October. Beginning on the first Monday, a clue is posted each weekday on a website set up just for the contest. The clues all have to do with Nevada history so it encourages people to study the state’s history in order to find the “treasure”. The treasure is actually a small plaque that can be redeemed for up to $1,000.

Since 1938, the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City has been an annual coming together to celebrate Nevada’s heritage and the founding of the state. This year marks the 156th anniversary with a theme of Historic moments in Nevada and there are plenty of great ways to celebrate!

Some of the highlights include:

Friday, October 30

Nevada Healthcare Heroes at the Nevada State Museum
To honor and raise funds for Nevada’s health care workers, historic Coin Press No. 1 will mint a special medallion.
Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson Street
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Attendees can purchase up to two .999 fine silver planchets and watch as they are minted on the press. Cost for a planchet is $100; a portion of the proceeds will go to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Registration is required. https://www.carsonnvmuseum.org/events/

Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1

V&T Carson Canyon Railbike Tours
Experience motor-assisted pedal railbikes on the V&T railway for a comfortable and historically rich experience.
V&T Railway, Eastgate Depot, Eastgate Siding Road
Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m.,12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: All ages Halloween ride at 6 p.m. and 17+ Halloween ride at 8 p.m.
Make reservations at https://vtrailway.com/

Friday, October 30 & Saturday, October 31

Made in Nevada Film Festival Sponsored by Carson City Toyota
Watch a movie on a large screen and listen through an FM station from your car radio. Bring your own snacks.
Western Nevada College Campus, Lower Lot, 2001 W. College Parkway
Friday:
The Shootist 6:15 p.m.
The Misfits 8 p.m.
Saturday:
The Muppets 6:15 p.m.
Sister Act 8 p.m.
Pick up your tickets at Carson City Toyota and they are free and you will be entered for a $100 gift card.
Reserve your space online (http://siteline.vendini.com/site/breweryartscenterfakeurl.com/) and it is $5/car.

Saturday, October 31

Balloon Launch 
Watch hot air balloons fill the sky from Downtown Carson City.
8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.https://85da24965544b3a2146bc49d5dd1a5c4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

46th Annual World Championship Single Jack Drilling Contest
Contestants will use 4.5-pound hammers and ¾” steel bits to pound holes into more than two tons of granite, which dates back to the Comstock mining days.
Carson Mall Parking Lot (near Carson Home Furnishings), 1227 S. Carson Street
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Inaugural Nevada State Prison Tours
Learn about the history and preservation of this educational landmark which has opened for free, inaugural, 90-minute tours for Nevada Day (donations accepted).
Nevada State Prison, 3301 E. 5th Street
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with tours every ½ hour
Visit the website for booking information. You must book a tour to attend. http://nevadastateprison.org/nevada-day-at-nsp/

Beard Contest
Anyone with a beard or mustache can enter for free. Categories include: best overall, longest, fullest, reddest, best groomed, scruffiest, most bearded community and inaugural best mustache.
Copper Pointe Plaza near Red’s Old 395 Grill, 1027 S. Carson Street
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Questions? Call Nick at 775-515-4038 or visit Cipriani’s Downtown Barbershop

Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum Tours
Learn about the only off-reservation Indian boarding school in Nevada during a free, educational tour. Includes an art showing, beaded bag demonstration (until 1p.m.) and basket weaving and cradle board demonstration (from 1 p.m.).
Stewart Indian School, 1 Jacobsen Way
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.https://85da24965544b3a2146bc49d5dd1a5c4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Reverse Parade Celebration
Spectators can drive past flatbed trucks, floats and vehicles to enjoy all-things Nevada Day and free, live entertainment.
Check Nevada Day’s Facebook or Brewery Arts Center’s Facebook page for parade route and details.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Times are subject to change. Please visit each event’s website for detailed information and COVID-19 instructions.

“Nevada Day is the time of year for Nevadans to celebrate our state’s heritage,” said David Peterson, executive director, Visit Carson City. ”Although we will all miss this year’s parade, we want everyone to feel safe celebrating in smaller groups in a responsible manner that involves social distancing, mask wearing protocols, proper cleaning measures and fun. This year has taught us that Nevadans are resilient and we look forward to open and safe activities that will keep us engaged and Nevada proud.” 

To learn more about 2020 Nevada Day activities, please visit nevadaday.com or visitcarsoncity.com.

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No Housing Bubble Here!

There’s no doubt that Northern Nevada has seen incredible growth in the past decade, but when housing prices hit an all-time median high last month there’s been a lot of talk about the “bubble” bursting. Well, I’m here to tell you that this is not a housing bubble.

My years of experience in real estate have taught me many things, but one of the most important that I have learned is to pay attention to economic development factors. In September 2020, housing in Reno-Sparks hit a record median home price of $444,900. Some are saying that this pricing is not sustainable, it isn’t here to stay, and the market is sure to crash. However, experts are quick to point to the law of supply and demand.

The demand for housing has far exceed the available supply and this has pushed prices higher and higher. So what makes this spike different from any others in the past? The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada has been measuring metrics and was quick to point out many developing factors in an article that they released last month.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the Reno-Sparks MSA has added over 8,000 new jobs per year in the past seven years (prior to the pandemic). Throughout this same period of time. there have only been 2,500 new housing units on average added to the entire region. With a ratio of 1.4 jobs per housing unit, this number is still nowhere near the more than 5,000 housing units needed to accommodate job growth. This is real, sustainable job growth and not just speculation on what the market may do. These record housing prices have also make homeownership impossible for many in the community, forcing them to rent and driving up rental demand more than 62% over the same period.

One of the biggest economic factors that Reno-Sparks has experienced over the past ten years has been diversification. Gone are the days of solely gaming and tourism to boost the economy, there are now more than 200 new advanced manufacturing, technology, logistics, and e-commerce companies here. The diversification augments the visitor industry demnad for the area and at the same time protects from excessive job loss. All of this means that the local economy will not crash as it has in the past.

Lake Tahoe

Something wonderful about Reno, that every local knows well, is the many live-work-play advantages of our region. Well, the secret appears to be out. In August, a record number of new company leads came in at 46 (three times the monthly average). Many leaders are finding their companies in high-cost environments and/or dense metro areas that are likely facing increasing taxes, COVID-19 operational restrictions, and a reluctant workforce. Now Reno-Sparks is the next viable option, with employees and companies drawn to the many perks the area offers.

The bottom line is that demand for housing is growing, while the supply continues to lag. The pandemic has actually accelerate the current job growth, and even without it there is no slowing down growth. These “jobs of the future” are those with higher wages and generous benefits to replace the jobs lost to the pandemic and automation. The bubble isn’t going to burst, so let’s concentrate on increasing the housing supply so we can support the long-term success of our community.

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10 Things I Love About Reno After 39 Years

I first moved to Reno in 1981 to attend the University of Nevada and decided it would be my forever home. It’s pretty hard to believe that I’ve lived right here in the Biggest Little City for 39 years! I hope that you enjoy this list of 10 things that I love about Reno to celebrate the years that I’ve called this city home.

  1. No bugs, no humidity, I’m in! When I arrived in 1981 to attend the university, these were the first two things that I became aware of. Coming from a lifetime in Florida this was a big deal and even years later, I still love it.
  2. The rich history of the Wild, Wild, West. It’s no secret that I am a proud member of the Historic Reno Preservation Society. Reno is chock-full of interesting history, anywhere you look. From the original buildings that make up downtown, the V & T railroad, historic mining towns nearby, and even the backstory of Lake Tahoe, there is always something new to learn about our area.
  3. TAHOE. This is probably the most obvious one on the list. An enormous alpine lake with gorgeous beaches, epic skiing, mountain bike trails, hiking, and golf courses with amazing views. The most unique part about Lake Tahoe? Hit the ski slopes and the beach, all in the same day.
  4. Stay true, bleed blue for the Nevada Wolfpack. The University of Nevada, Reno was founded in 1874 as Nevada’s first institution of higher education. Not only is the Nevada my alma mater, it’s a Tier 1 research university, has a fantastic graduate program stretching across many fields, the campus is gorgeous, and the sports are a blast to watch. You can get everything you need from a big city uni, right here in the Biggest Little City.
  5. The arts scene. The entire month of July, Reno is Artown! This summer arts event is one of my favorite all year long because you never know what you’ll find around town. Whether it’s live music, a pop up art show, or some fantastic performance, thirty-one days of the year are dedicated to local art. And you can get your art fix any month of the year at places like the Nevada Art Museum, the University Church Fine Arts building, and even the beautiful murals located all around town.
  6. Supporting small biz (a.k.a. all of my friends)! One of the perks of living in Reno is getting to know all of the locals. What’s even cooler about this is that the locals are all small business owners, so at the end of the day you aren’t just supporting local… you’re supporting your friends.
  7. 300 days of sunshine. Reno gets sunshine almost ALL YEAR LONG. That means in every season, we get to enjoy the beautiful blue skies. This makes for awesome ski days, beautiful fall mornings, and long, fun summer days at the lake.
  8. The Reno Air Races. Last year was the best time I have had at the Air Races so far. I was allowed to hang out at a pylon during the races! It was very exciting as the planes roared so near to the ground. Definitely exhilarating! The National Air Races are by far my favorite annual event in Reno. I am greatly looking forward to the event next year.
  9. The easy peezy Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Why is it so easy? Minimal lines and waiting times to board. Every client or friend that has visited from out of town just raves about our little airport. Just like Reno, it is big enough to satisfy your traveling needs but still small enough where it’s no big to-do to catch your flight!
  10. Great clients! The last, but certainly not least, on the list. THANK YOU to all my wonderful clients, many of whom are now my close friends. I am so grateful to have a job that I love that helps people find their dream home in their dream city. None of this would be possible without people like you! I am looking forward to more great years here in Reno-Tahoe and what the future holds.

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Google Expands in Nevada (Again)

Not only has Google pledged to invest $600 million in the data center at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center with the approval of state tax incentives, but now the tech giant is investing an additional $600 million for its data center in Southern Nevada.

This amount brings Google’s total financial commitment to its Henderson data center to $1.2 billion following its $600 million initial investment in the facility. And when it comes to investing in the state of Nevada, Google has more than $1.8 billion on the line including the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

“Today’s decision further demonstrates Nevada’s commitment to technology and business growth,” said Andrew Silvestri, head of data center public policy and community development for Google. “With our new data center in Storey County and our expanded investment in our Henderson site, Google will have two facilities in Nevada, bringing our total investment to over $1.88 billion.”

Seven members of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development board joined Gov. Steve Sisolak in approving more than $25 million in incentives for a data center for Google products and services in Storey County just a few weeks ago. The data center should be up and running next year in 2021.

“This is a very good deal for Nevada,” said GOED Executive Director Michael Brown. “In return for the $25 million abatement that Google will receive, the company will make a $427 million impact on the economy over 20 years and generate $94 million in tax revenue over 20 years.”

The tax incentives for the Northern Nevada center include a sales tax abatement of 2% and a personal property tax abatement of 75% for 20 years. The first abatement is worth $16.8 million and the second is worth $8.25 million. Given that Nevada’s economy, like many others, has taken a hit from COVID-19, projects like these are crucial in allowing the state to recover while diversifying the market at the same time.

“It’s no secret that I’ve had reservations over some of our abatement programs,” Sisolak said. “It’s also no secret that the current state of our economy has put us once again as the state most affected by this crisis.”

Photo courtesy of the Reno Gazette Journal

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Reno Air Races Will Return Next Year

Racing airplanes at speeds up to more than 500-mph around an oval course just 50 feet above the northern Nevada desert is not for the faint of heart. Taking place every September for the last 56 years, The Reno National Championship Air Races is also the only place on the planet where airplanes race head-to-head.

This September, the air races will not be returning amidst a global pandemic and this was not a decision that was made lightly by their team back at the end of June. The fact that these airplanes race head-to-head also means that the pilots who fly need to have a rare combination of talent, passion, resources, and willingness to put themselves and their airplanes on the line for little to no financial gain or fame – just bragging rights. Fans get to watch propeller-driven airplanes and jets race at high speeds for the love of competition, aviation, peer recognition, and adventure.

The Reno Air Races were first held in the year 1964 and signaled the return of pylon air racing to American after a 15 year gap when the famed Cleveland National Air Races ended in 1949. Pylon air racing is an aircraft race in an oval-track style around a course marked by 50 foot high pylons. The event has done nothing but grow since its inception. Over 100,000 now attend the week-long event each year and both racers and fans alike refer to the gathering as their “September Family”.

“It was a heart-rending decision,” Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) Chairman, Fred Telling, acknowledges. “We waited as long as we could, trying to explore some alternatives but in the end we really had no choice but to cancel it.”

Between the crowd logistics, state mandates, and employees on furlough it just didn’t make sense for the event to happen in 2020. RARA notified the various racing class organizations, event sponsors, volunteers, and the public in succession. Their response was overwhelmingly positive, many not surprised but most were sad to see it temporarily go.

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The cancellation’s impact on the event is significant because Reno’s income comes from attendance (slightly less than 50%), sponsorship, and donations, with a number of RARA staff being laid off to limit overhead. Nevertheless, the races will return next year with a similar racing and airshow format. The September 15 – 19, 2021 event will be highlighted by Unlimited Class racers (largely modified ex-WWII fighters) and the increasingly popular Sport Class of general aviation sport planes capable of over 400 mpg on the large 7.9 mile course. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team is slated to appear along with other beloved military displays.

Last year was the best time I have had at the Air Races so far. I was allowed to hang out at a pylon during the races! It was very exciting as the planes roared so near to the ground. Definitely exhilarating! The National Air Races are by far my favorite annual event in Reno. I am greatly looking forward to the event next year.

In the meantime, RARA is crafting plans for an online virtual event content similar to what EAA has presented with its AirVenture event. The Races’ title sponsor, power-tools maker, Stihl Inc, remains onboard as do most other sponsors and the community including the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.

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