Carson City Proceeds With Tech Incubator

Voters said 'no' to a Knowledge and Discovery Center project in Carson City, Nev., but officials found a way to build a smaller business accelerator anyway.

by / November 13, 2012
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You can't stop progress in Carson City, Nev.

Last week, the city voted against building a 65,000-square-foot Carson City Knowledge and Discovery Center on what is currently the Carson Nugget's parking lot -- but officials are finding a way to go ahead with the project anyway.

Now unofficially named the Carson City Tech Center and Accelerator, the 5,000 sq. ft. facility will be located on Carson Street in the former Stewart Title Co. building. The project is funded by the Hop & Mae Adams Foundation, and is scheduled for completion sometime in late 2013, Northern Nevada Business Weekly reported.

The facility can hold up to eight businesses, and the city will charge rent based on a company's income. “If there’s no income, there’s no rent,” said Rob Hooper, executive director of the Northern Nevada Development Authority.

Companies scheduled to move into the facility include Say Design, a games and applications developer from southern California, a digital video production company, and SunScience. A contest to choose the facility's name is now being held online. Voters can choose from one of five proposed names for the new facility including Adams Business Center (ABC), Business Innovation Station, The Hub (@ Adams Business Development Center), The i Business Center (Ideas. Innovations. Inspiration), and The Place (an Adams Business Development Center).

Read more about the new business accelerator at the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.

The above image shows a rendering of the proposed new look for the Stewart Title Building in downtown Carson City, courtesy of the Hop & Mae Adams Foundation.