Tesla Motors to Build Battery Factory in Nevada
"And so it is my honor to announce that we have reached an agreement with Tesla Motors company subject to legislative approval that will allow Tesla to build the battery factory here in the Silver State.”
Opponents have previously asked state leaders to tell taxpayers what incentives are being offered, saying the competition to get Tesla here could end up costing more than the state will ever earn back.
Sparks Mayor Geno R. Martini issued the following statement on today's announcement by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval that Tesla has selected Nevada as the tentative site for the future gigafactory.
"Today's announcement that Tesla has decided to build its gigafactory in Nevada is a tremendous shot in the arm for us and brings with it a higher level of visibility for our region and greater awareness of the pro-business climate of our state. The project also underscores the potential for alternative energy development in our state. Communities across our region will benefit from this exciting announcement. Our City is the closest metropolitan area to the Tesla site, just 13 miles to the west of the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. We stand ready and committed to work with developers and stakeholders to provide for the potential needs and services of the Tesla workforce."
“The Washoe County Commission and staff are excited about the great news that Tesla has chosen northern Nevada. We have been promoting the numerous benefits this region offers to industries and Tesla coming our way shows we do indeed have plenty of economic opportunities for those looking to relocate,” said Washoe County Commission Chairman David Humke. "Although we are still dealing with the remnants of the recession this is a convincing sign that we are headed in the right direction. I want to thank the State of Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, Storey County, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), and our business and education partners. Washoe County welcomes Tesla to northern Nevada.”
In support of Sandoval's announcement, the City of Reno is issuing the following statement:
“Tesla's decision to pinpoint our region as the home for its new battery gigafactory further demonstrates that Reno is an economically competitive choice for companies looking to start up, expand, or relocate,” Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger says.
Among the many advantages Reno and Sparks offer companies are:
• A quality and trained workforce
• A low cost of living and doing business
• A favorable tax structure
• A Tier 1 University in Reno
• Strategic location on the I-80 corridor; only a 3-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area
In addition to the direct economic benefits of being chosen as Tesla's future home, the announcement represents a significant win for the Reno region's innovative and business-friendly perception on the national level.
“We can add this to recent accolades that illustrate why Reno is a great place to live and do business,” Clinger adds. “We continue to show up on prestigious lists such as Best Places to Live, Most Entrepreneurial Metropolitan Area, and Best National Universities.”
"Truckee Meadows Community College applauds state and local leaders for their work to attract new businesses to our region, in particular the recent announcement regarding Tesla Motor Company. The College stands ready to train local workers for jobs at Tesla and supporting industries as they develop. We look forward to collaborating with industry officials to define, develop, implement and provide needed training.”