This edition provides an insightful introduction to Nevada’s dynamic Lt. Governor, Mark Hutchison. The interview outlines his engagement for Nevada as Chairman of Nevada’s Commission on Tourism, his involvement with economic development, homeland security, and the State’s transportation board, among others. Mr. Hutchison touted Sparks and northern Nevada’s burgeoning reputation as an entrepreneurial community and the workforce development from which Sparks will continue to benefit, with its’ close proximity to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRI).
The Sparks Building and Safety Division had the spotlight in this installment. These are the dedicated professionals who inspect structural components, electrical plans and plumbing systems to ensure structural safety and building compliance in both commercial building and private residences.
Ground breaking and early construction of the long-awaited Pyramid-McCarran intersection is reviewed. The ultra-busy intersection, with 60,000 crossing daily, will be enhanced with additional driving lanes, improved turn signal design, sidewalks and a multi-use path.
The Sparks Marina was the site of UNR’s civil engineering students paddling away with the win for the 11th straight year of the Mid-Pacific Regional Concrete Canoe Competition. The students hand built Zephyr (the canoe) which had never before been placed in the water. The competition provided another view of Sparks’ unique and beautiful marina park.
The program boasts a segment on the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility’s nitrogen-reducing, phosphorous and methane harvesting, power generating, planet friendly, money saving “Green Machine,” TMWRF’s all new cogenerator – a boon to Sparks and throughout the Truckee Meadows.
With the great amount of attention being showered on Sparks and the growth the city is experiencing, Mayor Geno Martini’s (March 2016) State of the City Address made specific note to recognize that Sparks is growing in a methodic, planned manner and not growing “just for growth’s sake.”
Also recognized is the fitting tribute Sparks received from Nevada Magazine, as the winner of the publication’s “Tour Around Nevada” Campaign, which focuses on travel and tourism. The magazine aptly noted that Sparks residents love and support their community.
This installment of Spotlight on Sparks was dedicated to the late Nevada State Senator Debbie Smith. Senator Smith represented Sparks since 2,000. She passed away earlier this year.