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Google Awards Reno as Nevada’s 2014 eCity

City of Reno

Google has named Reno as the 2014 eCity for the State of Nevada. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business communities in all 50 states. The businesses in these communities are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients, and fuel their local economies. Reno joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy.
Small businesses across the city have leveraged the Internet to grow and reach new customers. For example, Reno Fly Shop, which was founded by four local fisherman, utilizes the web to advance the business by selling flies specifically chosen for best performance at the local Reno area fisheries.
“Reno serves as a prime example of how innovation and growth in e-commerce can successfully contribute to bolstering economic progress and competitiveness,” says Emma Ogiemwanye, a representative from Google. “Google is proud to recognize Reno’s accomplishment and the role it plays in creating Nevada jobs.”
“This award is a credit to our small business community, which is leading the state when it comes to embracing the power of the web to grow and thrive,” Reno Mayor Bob Cashell says. “I’m proud of Reno for its smart, creative use of technology and innovation, and it is my great pleasure to accept this award on behalf of our local businesses.”
BACKGROUND:
Ninety-seven percent of Internet users look online for local products and services. Businesses need to be where their customers are and in 2014, that is online. The impact of being online is significant; businesses that are online grow twice as fast and are twice as likely to create jobs as their offline counterparts.
Google and independent research firm, Ipsos, analyzed the online strength of local small businesses across all 50 states. They weighed a variety of factors to determine the leading cities and towns across the US, including the likelihood of small businesses to have a website, use a blog, promote themselves on a social network, sell goods directly from their webpages and whether they had a mobile-friendly website. The winning cities exhibited strong engagement and potential for growth within the digital economy. This is the second year Google has announced a list of eCities for the United States.

For more information visit google.com/ecities.
(This blog was originally written and posted by City of Reno).

Nevada’s Corn Mazes: Fun For The Whole Family!

Corn Maze season is upon us! In honor of Nevada’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood many local farms are transforming their fields of corn into corn mazes. A few farms in the Reno area will host fall games and activities along with their corn mazes, and each farm offers a unique and fun experience.

Lazy P Maze

Lazy P Farm is opening up their doors for a Fall Festival during October to celebrate Nevada’s birthday. The festival will include a Nevada 150 themed corn maze, farm animals, and lessons on farming and growing fall crops. Lazy P is a little far out, located in Winnemucca, NV, but the Sesquicentennial themed festival is well worth the drive!

Lazy P Fall Farm Festival is open during various dates and times in September and October. Family activities include a Nevada 150 themed corn maze, farm animals and lessons on how to grow pumpkins and corn. Lazy P is located in Winnemucca, NV at 8280 Grass Valley Road.  For more information call (775)625-1194 or visit www.lazypfarm.com.

The Corley Ranch in Gardnerville, NV is open every day until October 31. Their property includes a hay maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races, a bounce house, and wagon rides; all sure to create a fun day for the whole family.

For something a little closer to Reno check out Andelin Family Farm, which is open until November 1st. The theme for this year’s corn maze is “Nevada Proud” as a celebration of our state’s big day. Daily activities include pumpkin picking, hay rides, pony rides, and a new game called Farm Scene Investigation. Andelin Farm is located just a quick drive from Reno in Sparks, NV.

Want a history lesson along with your fun? The Nevada Maize Maze at Lattin Farms was home to one of the first corn mazes in Nevada, which was created in 1998. This year they are open through the month of October, and their corn maze is an educational one. Throughout the maze you will find quiz trails that offer information on Nevada’s history. Lattin Farms can be found in Fallon, NV and is sure to be a great time!

For opening times and dates, as well as prices and activities on these three farms visit or call:

www.lazypfarm.com or (775)625-1194

www.corleyranch.com or (775)265-6506

www.andelinfamilyfarm.com or (775)530-8032

lattinfarmsnevada@gmail.com or (775)867-3750

April 20 will be a TITANIC evening in Reno Tahoe

Spend an evening  in Reno Tahoe with Dr. Robert Ballard, learn about the TITANIC discovery

Among the most accomplished and well known of the world’s deep-sea explorers, Dr. Robert Ballard is best known for his historic 1985 discovery of the sunken R.M.S. Titanic. Dr. Ballard has succeeded in tracking down numerous other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship BISMARCK, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier YORKTOWN (sunk in the World War II Battle of Midway), and John F. Kennedy’s boat, PT-109. He is also one of the world’s foremost oceanographers and has for many years used submersibles to explore the hidden features of the deep ocean. Hear his personal accounts of discovery Tuesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. at the Peppermill Hotel Casino.

His discoveries also include sunken remains of ships along ancient trade routes in the Mediterranean Sea; two ancient Phoenician ships off Israel, the oldest shipwrecks ever found in deep water; and four 1,500-year-old wooden ships, one almost perfectly preserved in the Black Sea. Dr. Ballard’s Black Sea project seeks evidence of a great flood that may have struck the region thousands of years ago.

His 1997 best-selling book, Lost Liners, tells the story of the great transatlantic liners through memorable wrecks he has visited. Dr. Ballard was also a special advisor on Steven Spielberg’s futuristic Sea Quest, DSV television show.

For information visit http://www.dri.edu/nevada-medal/2010-nevada-medal-recipient.

About Dr. Robert Ballard:

Ballard was born June 30, 1942, in Wichita, KS but moved to California at a very young age and grew up exploring the shore in San Diego. Dr. Ballard has a Ph.D. in marine geology and geophysics from the University of Rhode Island. He spent 30 years at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he helped develop telecommunications technology to create “tele-presence” for his JASON Project and Immersion Learning, which allows hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren to accompany him from afar on undersea explorations around the globe each year. In 2001, he returned to the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island where he is presently a tenured Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration and Archaeological Oceanography.

ship wreckDr. Ballard has 21 honorary degrees and six military awards. He was also a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, serving in the Navy from 1967 to 1997. He received the National Geographic Society’s prestigious Hubbard Medal in 1996 for “extraordinary accomplishments in coaxing secrets from the world’s oceans and engaging students in the wonder of science.” Dr. Ballard has published numerous books, scientific papers, and a dozen articles in National Geographic magazine. Dr. Ballard also has been featured in several National Geographic television programs, including the record-breaking “Secrets of the TITANIC.”

In addition to being a National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence and a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, Dr. Ballard is the founder and president of the Institute for Exploration (IFE) in Mystic, CT.

For additional informaton contact Dawn Coots at (775) 674-7555.

Reno Tahoe Tweetaway: A contest for the digirati

twitter-contestIn our neverending effort to promote the virtues (and sometimes fun vices) of Reno Tahoe, we give away a lot of stuff — and we do a lot of giveaways online. And now we are stepping up the giveaways to our ‘Tweeps’ on Twitter.

If you’re a Twitter user, but you aren’t following @renotahoe, take a moment and do so here – you won’t regret it. Once you are following, check out our contest: We’re giving away a 3-day, 2-night stay in Reno Tahoe to a random Twitter user on Aug. 3. All you have to do to enter is add 10 characters to any tweet – #renotahoe – between now and Aug. 2 and that constitutes an entry. Enter early and enter often for your chance to win.

Contest details:

  • The prize is a three-day, two-night getaway to a Reno Tahoe hotel casino
  • Winner will be chosen randomly from tweets containing the phrase “#renotahoe
  • Multiple #renotahoe tweets constitutes multiple entries (through Aug. 2)
  • Winner will be announced on Twitter and on our contest page Aug. 3

Rules:

  • Contest runs July 15 – Aug. 2.
  • Participants are encouraged to enter multiple times.
  • To enter, follow us on Twitter and include the #renotahoe hashtag in your tweets. Each tweet sent with the #renotahoe hashtag constitutes one entry.
  • A winner will be chose at random Aug. 3, and the winner will be announced on the @renotahoe Twitter account and on the this contest page.
  • Winner will be contacted via direct message on Twitter and must respond within 5 days via e-mail. A redeemable voucher will be sent to the winner via U.S. Mail within 10 days of receipt of mail details.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter.

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Check out other Twitter users’ hashtags of #renotahoe here

Take a stroll during Art Walk in downtown Reno

Reno’s first Riverwalk District Art Walk on Thursday, April 30, from 4-9 p.m. will feature art openings, fashion shows, jewelry designs, live music, museum entry discounts and a parade of vintage race cars throughout downtown Reno.

The Art Walk, presented by the Riverwalk Merchants Association, will follow the popular Wine Walk model where individuals can visit their favorite merchant to get a brochure listing all events and entertainment.

Art Walks are scheduled on the last Thursday of every month through October.

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There are 40 merchants involved who will present one-of-a-kind art exhibits, author showcases, theater performances, live music and at the West Street Market, a display of vintage race cars from the field of more than 100 that will compete in the Reno Historic Races May 1-3 at the Reno-Fernley Raceway.

For more information on the Art Walk, visit www.renoriver.org or call 775-825-WALK (825-9255).

WAC tourney taking over Reno-Tahoe

The Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s 2009 basketball tournament is underway at the University of Nevada in Reno, with the University of Nevada men set to take the court Thursday night vs. San Jose State.

WAC 2009 tournament schedule:

Men’s basketball

  • Thursday
    Noon
    : Boise State (4 seed) vs. New Mexico State (5)
    2:30 p.m.
    : Utah State (1) vs. Fresno State (9)
    6 p.m.
    : Nevada (2) vs. San Jose State (7)
    8:30 p.m.
    : Idaho (3) vs. Louisiana Tech (6)
  • Friday
    Semifinals (TBD): 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Saturday
    Championship (TBD)
    : 7 p.m.

* Hawaii eliminated during play-in game Tuesday

Women’s basketball

  • Wednesday
    2:30 p.m.: Fresno State (1) vs. Hawaii (8)
    6 p.m.: Nevada (3) vs. Boise State (6)
    8:30 p.m.: Louisiana Tech (2) vs. New Mexico State (7)
  • Friday
    Semifinals: noon and 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday
    Championship: 1 p.m.

* San Jose State eliminated during play-in game Tuesday; Idaho eliminated during overtime game Wednesday

For live stats, ticket and schedule information, log on to WACSports.com or call the University of Nevada’s Ticket Office at 775-348-PACK (7225).

Feeling the Furlough? Reno-Tahoe offers deal to California state employees on furlough

snowboarder300We all need to get away now and then, so Reno-Tahoe is offering a dose of fun for our furloughed neighbors in California who might appreciate using the unexpected time off to get out of town.

Local hotel-resorts have gotten together to offer State of California workers on furlough an unprecedented buy-one-get-one-night “Extra Day Getaway” deal on hotel stays with a valid state employee identification card or paystub, and a valid photo ID.

So, if you book a night at participating properties, get another night free to extend your weekend or getaway.

Visitors who stay any Friday or Saturday you could get Thursday or Sunday free. Or stay any day Sunday through Thursday and receive the second day of equal or lesser value free (Friday and Saturday are not eligible for free nights).In addition to the free night stay, properties are also offering special “furlough relief offers” to California state employees.

To view getaway offers online, log on the CaliforniaFurlough.com.

Are you ready for some football?

tailgate7300With excitement of college bowl season passed, and the National Football League conference champs determined, it’s time to start thinking about the big game … the granddaddy of them all: The Super Bowl.

Whether or not you like to bet on the big game, Reno-Tahoe’s casino resorts treat it like an event, luring potential customers with big promotions, parties and great room rates.

There is perhaps no better excuse to find yourself in Reno-Tahoe, than to watch Pittsburgh and Arizona battle it out after the Biggest Little Tailgate Party. If you aren’t one of the lucky few who has a ticket to the big show in Tampa Bay on Feb. 1, the Biggest Little Tailgate Party is the next best thing.

The outdoor party, held on Virginia Street near the Silver Legacy Resort Casino (the event sponsor) in downtown Reno’s casino corridor, features a $1 million football toss where one lucky “fan” will win a chance to throw the ball for the $1 Million prize. Former professional football players will be in attendance mingling with partygoers. For the true athletes, a $5 Beer Pong Olympics offers a chance to win bragging rights with friends. The event also includes the 2008 Madden Xbox Challenge sponsored by Red Bull with a snowboard as the grand prize.

The giant tailgate party will include a “You Be The Judge” Chili Cook-off. Judge’s tasting ballots will be available for $5 and include 6-ounce tasters of chili from Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Eldorado Hotel Casino, Circus Circus, Harrah’s Reno, Cal Neva and more, as well as a raffle ticket for the $1 Million Football Toss. Individual 12-ounce bowls of chili will also be available for purchase at a cost of $3 each. Attendees can vote by purchasing a Tasting Pass and filling out the ballot for their favorite chili recipe.

Other highlights include: Live stage entertainment with the University of Nevada, Reno cheerleaders and mascot, a media challenge where media personalities will compete in a football throwing contest in front of a live audience, and a visit by Joe Cahn, the self-proclaimed “Commissioner of Tailgating.”

Admission is free, and tailgate spots can be purchased for just $50. Visit the events page at VisitRenoTahoe.com for more information on this and other Reno-Tahoe Super Bowl events, or call 1-800-215-7721.

Ski blog keeps you connected to the slopes

snowboarder300Ski and board season is going strong in Reno-Tahoe, and we’re blogging about it at Ski and Board Reno-Tahoe, the region’s stop for snow sports news and events. Learn about deals, resort reviews and events and submit your own adventure online.

Planning a Reno-Tahoe ski getaway? Shop online for discounted packages.



E-card: Give someone you love a taste of Reno-Tahoe

Christmas is just a day away, and 2009 is on the horizon – perfect timing for that last-minute greeting for someone special on your list.

Check out the Reno-Tahoe Holiday Gingerbread Maker, and e-card personalized with Sierra Nevada winter images. Happy Holidays!