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eBay Announces Data Center Opening in Northern Nevada

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The popular online auction company, eBay announced Tuesday it's bringing its data centers to Northern Nevada. The announcement came during EDAWN's New and Expanded Company Welcome Reception, where an additional 30 new companies were also recognized for expanding their businesses here.

eBay is just one of the newest additions on the list of major companies coming. If you total up all the new businesses and the jobs they create, it's more than 3,000 opportunities for Nevadans looking for work. 

E-commerce and global marketplace leader, eBay expects to fill 50 new positions by the time it open's it's data center at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center on Super Loop Circle. A 30 million dollar tax incentive package was approved today by the Governor's Office of Economic Development to make the deal possible.  

Stan Thomas, the Executive Vice President Business Development with EDAWN said, "If we didn't have our incentive program, it would be very difficult to recruit a lot of those companies. eBay for example, if the incentives weren't there, they've been waiting for that to happen, now they're starting to come here. So you're going to see more data centers move here, more tech companies move here."

Tesla, Switch, Microsoft, the list goes on with the companies choosing Northern Nevada.

"Three-thousand new jobs and continuing to diversify our economy," said Mike Kazmierski, the CEO with EDAWN. 

But with a growing interest in our region, EDAWN leaders say more workers are needed.

"We do expect a shortage in workforce in the next five years, so we want to get out in front of that and encourage people to attract a friend if you will, to our region to help us as we grow," said Kazmierski.

EDAWN says manufacturing and technology opportunities are expected to be created within the next five years from several companies making their footprint in the Reno and Sparks area. 

"The high tech jobs are being created, people are moving in for those. And we have great students coming out of the university and our community college, so we're filling those," said Thomas. 
    
But EDAWN says workers need the education necessary to land those types of jobs. 

Thomas added, "The computer skills, the training that it takes to educate these types of works is critical and if we're going to be competitive in the marketplace, our education system has to be the best."

EDAWN hopes that these companies and jobs will attract even more business to the area to strengthen the economy for the future.

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