It’s getting better
By James Turnage
I reported several days ago that Apple was coming to northern Nevada. It doesn’t end there. Officials won’t announce the names of data companies investigating a move to the Silver State’s north, but at least one additional company is “very serious” about a possible move.
Mike Kazmierski is the president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada. He claims a couple of more plans are along the way.
He also says that the development of this type of industry creates not only new jobs for the area but also new jobs that are generally well paid.
In addition to the tax breaks offered to new business, the decline in the cost of power in northern Nevada is adding to the desirability of moving to the area. NV energy says electrical rates have declined about 25 percent in northern Nevada since 2009. This is due to the decline of natural gas prices, which are expected to rise very slowly during the next three to five years.
With neighboring California showing increase in the cost of electrical power of as much as 35 percent, Nevada seems a viable alternative. Also, having interstates 80, and 395 as its central routes to western states, commercial routes for distribution are excellent.
Other factors such as the daytime heating being reduced by 30 to 40 degrees during the nighttime hours reduces the cost of necessary air conditioning to cool electronics.
The construction industry will benefit greatly from data and distribution centers who Kazmierski believes will make the move to the northern part of our state. The Apple projects alone are expected to bring 600 new construction jobs to the area.