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For Customers:
The Community Development Department is adjusting its processes and procedures in response to COVID-19. The changes allow business operations to continue for customers without requiring face-to-face interactions. Read this information for how these changes may impact you if you normally do business with the Community Development Department.

For Businesses:
Per the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative, all non-essential businesses have been ordered to temporarily close to the public until April 16, 2020. Read this guide for additional information on operational restrictions and mandatory closures for certain types of businesses. The latest information will be available at Reno.Gov/COVID19.

In an effort to provide relief for businesses affected by the COVID-19 business restrictions, the City of Reno is extending the time for businesses to pay their license fees. The deadline for any business license fees due between March 27, 2020 and April 30, 2020 may be extended 30 days. Any other business that has been unable to pay fees due to the COVID-19 state of emergency may request an extension on a case by case basis. If you have questions, please call 775-334-2090 or email Due to high call volume, please leave a voicemail and a staff member will call you back as soon as possible. 


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City of Reno names Bill Dunne as new Revitalization Manager

Post Date:03/29/2016 11:17 AM

The City of Reno has announced the hire of Bill Dunne as its new Revitalization Manager. Dunne will officially begin his new position on Monday, April 4, 2016.

The Revitalization Manager will take a lead role in the City’s economic development, planning, and business expansion efforts, directly supporting the City’s priority to support and foster a Healthy and Efficient Business Environment. Another important task of Dunne’s will be to develop and implement strategies for the revitalization of deteriorated properties within the City.

“Mayor Schieve, Reno City Council, and I are excited to bring Bill on as Reno continues to grow, and we welcome more and more businesses to The Biggest Little City,” Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger says. “This position will be extremely important in our efforts to attack blight not only downtown, but throughout Reno’s neighborhoods.”

“It is crucial to understand and manage the concerns associated with change and growth in a community,” says Dunne, who comes to the City of Reno from Troy, New York, where he was Director of Economic Development and Planning. “Regardless of how many big projects are being undertaken in a municipality, success also needs to be measured by the level of resident engagement and in support of their vision for the community. I’m excited to take what I’ve learned in Troy and apply it to Reno.”

As the City of Reno continues to analyze where and how it will spend its Blight Initiative Fund, works to support Mayor Schieve’s Operation Downtown, moves ahead on Phase II of its ReImagine Reno master planning effort, and puts a comprehensive strategy in place to plan for growth, Dunne will play a pivotal role.

Dunne has more than 12 years of municipal government experience, as well as proficiency in managing complex organizations and projects in both the public and private sectors. At the City of Troy, he managed the day-to-day operations of the departments charged with all aspects of economic development, community development, planning, and grant writing.

In addition, Dunne was Executive Director of Troy’s two economic development agencies, the Troy Local Development Corporation and the Troy Industrial Development Authority. He is a graduate of Siena College in Albany, New York (Bachelor of Arts, History, 1985), and he earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Florida (1999).

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