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Reno has a basic democratic municipal government. The city council is the core of the government, with seven members. Five of these council people represent districts of Reno, and are vetted in the primary by the citizens of each district. In general, the top two vote getters in each ward make the ballot for the city-wide election. This is an unusual but highly effective system. The other two members are the at-large, who represent the entire city, and the mayor, who is elected by the people of the city. The council has several duties, including setting priorities for the city, promoting communication with the public, planning development, and redevelopment. An example of an award winning municipal project was "reTRAC". This project moved underground the ever present train traffic that has run through the heart of the community since the late 19th century, thereby freeing up eleven street-level traffic and pedestrian crossings that were previously snarled whenever trains came through. The government's other members include the city manager, who implements and enforces the policies and programs the council approves, and is chosen by the council. He or she is in charge of the budget and work force for these programs. There is also the city attorney, who is responsible for civil and criminal cases. He or she is elected to represent the city government in court, and prosecutes misdemeanors as well. Lastly, the council chooses a city clerk, who records the proceedings of the council, makes appointments for the council, and makes sure efficient copying and printing services are available.

Reno Education

Reno Government

Reno Universities and colleges

An older picture showing part of the University of Nevada, Reno campus in the foreground An older picture showing part of the University of Nevada, Reno campus in the foreground
* The University of Nevada, Reno is the oldest university in the state of Nevada and Nevada System of Higher Education. In 1886, the state university, previously only a college preparatory school, moved from Elko in remote northeastern Nevada to a site north of downtown Reno, where it became a full-fledged state college. The university's first building, Morrill Hall, still stands on the historic quad at the campus' southern end. The university grew slowly over the decades, but has began to expand rapidly along with the rest of the state and currently has an enrollment of approximately 16,000, with most students hailing from within Nevada. Among its specialties are mining engineering, agriculture, journalism, and one of only two Basque Studies programs in the nation. It also houses the only judicial college in the United States.
* Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) is a regionally accredited, two year institution which is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The college has an enrollment of approximately 13,000 students attending classes at a primary campus and four satellite centers. The college offers a wide range of academic and university transfer programs, occupational training, career enhancement workshops, and classes just for fun. Courses are conducted daytime and evening in the classroom, by cablecast, and on the Internet. TMCC offers associate of arts, associate of science, associate of applied science or associate of general studies degrees, one-year certificates, or certificates of completion in more than 50 career fields, including architecture, auto/diesel mechanics, criminal justice, dental hygiene, graphic design, nursing, and welding.
* The Nevada School of Law at Old College located in Reno was the first law school established in the state of Nevada. Its doors were open from 1981-1988.
* Career College of Northern Nevada(CCNN) is a nationally accredited trade school that trains students in technical fields that support fast growing industries. The college is locally owned and operated. Employer advisory boards direct the college in order to provide skill training that is relevant to the industry needs.

Reno Libraries

Washoe County Library System has locations throughout Reno and its surrounding communities.

Reno Gaming industry

Downtown Reno, including the city's famous arch over Virginia Street.
Downtown Reno, including the city's famous arch over Virginia Street.

Before the late 1950s, Reno was the gambling capital of the United States,but in the last twenty years Las Vegas' rapid rise, American Airlines' 2000 buyout of Reno Air and the growth of Indian gaming in California have somewhat reduced its business. Older casinos were either torn down (Mapes, Nevada Club, Harold's Club, Palace Club) and smaller casinos like the Comstock, Sundowner, Golden Phoenix, Kings Inn, Money Tree, Virginian, and Riverboat closed, and some converted to condos. Reno casinos experience some slow days during the week, especially during winter, when mountain passes can rarely be closed to some traffic from California. The closures of Hwy 80 over Donner Pass rarely last longer than 3 hours. The train service from California and the airline service is almost never interrupted. During weekends, holidays and special events Reno does see an increase in business. Large special events such as Hot August Nights and the Reno Balloon Races pack the area hotels to 100% occupancy.[citation needed]

Several local large hotel casinos have shown significant growth and have moved gaming further away from the Virginia Street core. These larger hotel casinos are the Atlantis, the Peppermill and the Grand Sierra Resort. The Peppermill was chosen as the most outstanding Reno gaming/hotel property by Casino Player and Nevada Magazines. In 2005,the Peppermill Hotel Casino began a $300 million dollar Tuscan-themed expansion.

In an effort to bring more tourism to the area, Reno holds several events throughout the year, most of which have been extremely successful. They include Hot August Nights[2](a classic car convention), Street Vibrations (a motorcycle fan gathering and rally), The Great Reno Balloon Race, the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off (held in Sparks), a Cinco de Mayo celebration, bowling tournaments (held in the National Bowling Stadium) and the Reno Air Races.

Reno is the location of the corporate headquarters for International Game Technology, which manufactures slot machines used throughout the world. Ballys Technology and Gaming and GameTech also have development and manufacturing presence in Reno.

Reno Downtown revitalization
The closure of many downtown casinos has sparked a movement to turn them into condominiums. Out-of-state developers have purchased the Comstock and the Sundowner, amongst others, in hopes of turning them into upscale condos. In addition to converting old properties, these developers are building new structures on formerly-vacant lots.

The Reno Transportation Rail Access Corridor (ReTRAC) was undertaken to solve noise pollution and traffic congestion on Virginia Street by lowering the train tracks below street level. This has also added to the city's efforts to make the downtown area friendlier to tourists. The trench was listed as completed on November 22, 2005. In 2008, the city council approved spending on creating a trench cover between Virginia Street and West Street essentially creating a two-block tunnel. This cover is slated to become a plaza with proposed retail and art fixtures.

Reno Nightlife
Reno has recently seen the opening of many businesses that cater to socializing and after-work activities, as new and old Reno locals have slowly reclaimed parts of downtown from the waning glut of casino-bound tourists of yore. Many bars and nightclubs have moved into the area on West 1st and 2nd Streets between Arlington and Sierra in downtown Reno. This area is referred by some as the "West End," and is beginning to resemble bar rows seen in many larger, metropolitan cities. Though this growth has only been a recent trend, it has the potential to help retain local youth and invite new, young, urban professionals to Reno more permanently. As the greater Reno area has previously struggled demographically to sustain a young adult population, this new trend in nightlife may prove to be significant for the city's future growth and development[citation needed]. Bars and clubs in this area include Imperial Lounge, Sierra Tap House, Se7en, Tonic, El Cortez Lounge, the Green Room, Five Star Saloon, the West 2nd Street Bar, Vino's, 210 North, Jungle Vino, Silver Peak Brewery, and Divine Ultra Lounge. In addition, various downtown casinos host lounges and nightclubs, including Roxy's, The Brew Brothers and Bubingas at the Eldorado Hotel Casino, Rum Bullions at the Silver Legacy, and Sapphire Lounge at Harrah's.

Downtown Reno, especially the "West End" is Reno's most popular area for bars and clubs, however, there are a few other hotspots including East Fourth Street, Wells Avenue, the UNR area, and all along South Virginia St. Most neighborhoods also have their local bars, sports bars, or breweries mainly in strip malls. There are also two gay nightclubs at the North end of Kietzke Lane; Tronix and Neutron. The Grand Sierra Resort also recently opened Nikki Beach a popular and trendy chain of poolside clubs. The casinos, Pioneer Center, Bruka Theatre, and the Reno Events Center also provide numerous concerts, plays, and shows as well.

Reno Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 180,480 people, 73,904 households, and 41,681 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,008.3/sq mi (2,611.4/km�). There were 79,453 housing units at an average density of 1,149.6/sq mi (443.9/km�). The racial makeup of the city was 77.46% White, 2.58% African American, 1.26% Native American, 1.29% Asian, 0.56% Pacific Islander, 9.26% from other races, and 3.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.18% of the population.

There were 73,904 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.6% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 11.8% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 104.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,530, and the median income for a family was $49,582. Males had a median income of $33,204 versus $26,763 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,520. About 8.3% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.3% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Reno Demographic evolution
Year Population
1980 100.756
1990 133.850
2000 180.480
2005 (estimate) 203.550

Reno Transportation
Reno Skyline
Reno Skyline
The course of the Truckee River runs through Reno, as does the Union Pacific Railroad, Interstate 80 (east-west) and US 395 (north-south).

Reno has an extensive bus system called RTC RIDE(formerly known as Citifare), which is provided by the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County. The bus system has its main terminal in downtown Reno and secondary terminals in Sparks and at Meadowood Mall in south Reno. The RTC also has a service called RTC ACCESS (formerly known as CitiLift) that provides transport for disabled people. RTC INTERCITY (formerly known as PRIDE) buses link Reno and Carson City.

The RTC also provides a free bus service up and down Virginia Street in Reno called RTC SIERRA SPIRIT, which many locals refer to as "the Pinwheel bus" due to the pinwheel design on the bright yellow buses and at bus stops. This regular service is free of charge.

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Reno. The city's passenger rail station is located at 280 North Center Street, East Commercial Row in downtown Reno. Amtrak train 5, the westbound California Zephyr, is scheduled to depart Reno at 12:03 pm daily and provides service to the cities of Truckee, Colfax, Roseville, Sacramento, Davis, Martinez, and Emeryville, across the bay from San Francisco. Amtrak train 6, the eastbound California Zephyr, is scheduled to depart Reno at 2:11 pm daily and provides service to Sparks, Winnemucca, Elko, Salt Lake City, Provo, Helper, Green River, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Denver, Omaha, Galesburg, and Chicago. Amtrak California Thruway Motorcoaches also arrive and depart Reno four times daily in each direction connecting to and from the Coast Starlight, Capitol Corridor, and San Joaquin trains at Sacramento, California. Amtrak trains, however, are often running late, sometimes up to 10 or more hours.
See also: Reno (Amtrak station)

The city is served by Reno/Tahoe International Airport, with general aviation traffic also handled by Reno Stead Airport.

Reno Sports

Reno is home to the Reno Silver Sox Golden Baseball League team and will be home to the Reno Raiders of the ECHL in the future. In addition, a new ballpark is in the planning stages for a Pacific Coast League franchise. The Tucson Sidewinders will be moving to Reno in 2009 [3].

Reno also enjoys a thriving college sports scene, with the Nevada Wolf Pack achieving appearances in football bowl games and an Associated Press Top Ten ranking in basketball in 2007.

A multi-million dollar whitewater rafting/kayaking project is underway on the Truckee River leading into downtown Reno.

In 2004, the city completed a $1.5 million whitewater park on the Truckee River in downtown Reno which attracts paddlers from all over the region and hosts whitewater events throughout the year. The course runs Class 2 and 3 rapids with safe and free, year-round public access. The 1,400-foot north channel features more aggressive rapids, drop pools and "holes" for rodeo kayak-type maneuvers. The milder 1,200-foot south channel is set up as a kayak slalom course and a beginner area.

The Reno area boasts 14 ski areas within two hours of the city.

Reno is the home of the National Bowling Stadium, which hosts the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Open Championships every three years.

Reno Recreation

Winter Ski slopes overlooking Lake Tahoe
Winter Ski slopes overlooking Lake Tahoe

Reno is home to a variety of recreation activities including both seasonal and year-round. In the summer, Reno locals can be found near three major bodies of water: Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Lake Tahoe, which splits the border between California and Nevada, provides visitors and locals with opportunities to fish, water-ski and wakeboard, parasail, jet-ski, and of course swim. The Truckee River runs from Lake Tahoe through the center of downtown Reno and up to Pyramid Lake. After receiving city funding, the Truckee River now draws kayakers from all over the United States. The river is also a major part Artown, held in the summer at Wingfield Park, where locals and visitors come to swim, inner-tube, raft and enjoy local Reno culture.

Winters in Reno are just as enjoyable. Skiing and snowboarding are among the most popular winter sports and draw in many tourists. There are approximately eight major ski resorts, including Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Sugar Bowl, Diamond Peak, Heavenly and Mount Rose Ski Resort located as close as eleven miles and as far as ninety-eight miles from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Other popular winter activities include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and snowmobiling.

Reno 2018 Winter Olympic Games

The resort region around Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border have formed the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition to make a bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics. They cited the airport, close mountains, and compact geographic area in which the games could be held. Squaw Valley Ski Resort, which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, is considered a major advantage to the bid, although traffic may be a problem.[14]

Reno Environmental factors
View of Lake Tahoe from a Diamond Peak ski lift
View of Lake Tahoe from a Diamond Peak ski lift

The Reno-Sparks wastewater treatment plant discharges tertiary treated effluent to the Truckee River. In the 1990s this capacity was increased from 20 to 30 million gallons (70 to 110 million liters) per day. While treated, the effluent nevertheless contains suspended solids, nitrogen, and phosphorus, aggravating water quality concerns of the river and its receiving waters of Pyramid Lake. Local agencies working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have developed a number of watershed management strategies to accommodate this expanded effluent discharge; to accomplish this successful outcome, the DSSAM Model was developed and calibrated for the Truckee River in order to analyze the most cost effective available management strategy set. The resulting management strategies included a package of measures such as land use controls in the Lake Tahoe basin, urban runoff controls in Reno and Sparks and best management practices for wastewater discharge.

Wetlands are an important part of the Reno/Tahoe area. They act as a natural filter for the solids that come out of the water treatment plant. Plant roots absorb nutrients from the water and naturally filter it. Wetlands are also a home for over 75% of the species in the Great Basin. However, the area's wetlands are at risk of being destroyed due to development around the city. While developers build on top of the wetlands they fill them with dirt destroying the habitat they create for the plants and animals. Washoe county has devised a plan that will help protect these important ecosystems: Mitigation. In the future, when developers try to build over a wetland, they will be responsible for creating another wetland near Washoe Lake.

The Truckee River serves as Reno's primary source of drinking water. It supplies Reno with 80,000,000 gallons of water a day during the summer, and 40,000,000 gallons of water per day in the winter. Before the water goes to the homes around the Reno area, it must go to one of two water treatment plants, Chalk Bluff or Glendale Water Treatment Plant. As an attempt to save water, golf courses in Reno, like Arrow Creek Golf Course, have been using treated effluent water instead of treated water from one of Reno's water plants.

Reno Culture

* National Automobile Museum
* Nevada Shakespeare Company
* Nevada Museum of Art
* University of Nevada, Reno Arboretum
* Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden
* Reno Pops Orchestra
* Artown
* Pioneer Center For Performing Arts

Reno in music

Reno in pop culture

* Reno is the setting of the Comedy Central show Reno 911!, although the show is not filmed there.
* Marvel Comics supervillains Oddball and Tenpin (Elton and Alvin Healey), were born in Reno.
* Marvel Comics superhero Phantom Rider (Hamilton Slade) was born in Reno.
* Author Anthony Horowitz wrote the book Nightrise (2007) in which the opening scenes of where two of the main characters did performances at a theatre in Reno.
* Reno (as New Reno) is a location in the computer role-playing game Fallout 2.
* An episode of Arrested Development, Season 3's premiere The Cabin Show, takes place in Reno.
* Walter Van Tilburg Clark's autobiographical novel The City of Trembling Leaves has detailed descriptions of Reno as well as nearby Lake Tahoe and the Mt. Rose Wilderness in the 1920s.
* The main character, Randy Daytona of the movie Balls of Fury starts off in Reno working at the Peppermill Casino as a dinner show entertainer and wears a Peppermill jacket throughout the movie.

Reno Sister cities

Reno has five sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI):

Reno External links

Reno, Nevada
* Reno, Nevada travel guide from Wikitravel
* City of Reno
* Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce
* Reno Gazette-Journal Visitor's Guide
* Visitors Guide to Reno
* Reno, Nevada is at coordinates [show location on an interactive map] 39�31?38?N 119�49?19?W? / ?39.52711, -119.821812Coordinates: [show location on an interactive map] 39�31?38?N 119�49?19?W? / ?39.52711, -119.821812

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