In 1998, I drove out Interstate 80 eastward stopping at a remote off ramp just 8 miles east of Sparks. I drove along primitive Storey County trails up the valleys, onto plateaus, and climbed by foot up the mountainsides to get better views. Again, nothing but sand, rock, and sagebrush. As I gazed at the vast open terrain, I imagined a huge, sprawling cluster of cutting edge industrial plants and distribution centers, and the thousands of jobs that would be created.
Within 10 years, starting with a dream and a raw Nevada desert, I along with my partners and Storey County leaders, built the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRI) into the largest industrial park in the world.