Wednesday, 10 February 2021 23:41

You Could Soon Be Living in Teslaville

Written by Marcia Wendorf, Interesting Engineering
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Do you ever feel like you're living in the "country of Amazon," the "county of Tesla", or the "city of Facebook?" Increasingly, tech companies have taken over large portions of how we live our lives and do business.

Now, the state of Nevada is actually creating a way to make that happen.


According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has announced plans to launch Innovation Zones that would allow tech companies to form their own local governments.


Sisolak unveiled this novel concept during his State of the State address Jan. 19, describing the zones as a way to lure companies that are at the forefront of "groundbreaking technologies" such as blockchain, autonomous technology, robotics, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, wireless technology and renewable energy to the state.


Nevada has already successfully lured Tesla, with that company having built its Gigafactory outside Reno, NV. Beginning in 2016, Tesla began production of its Tesla Model 3 electric motors and battery packs and Tesla energy storage products at the Nevada facility.


According to a Feb. 19, 2020, story on the Electrek website, Tesla has completed a second facility right next to its original facility that may, according to a source quoted in the article, be used to produce Tesla's all-electric semi-truck, the Tesla Semi.


Sisolak's proposed legislation has not yet been introduced in the state legislature; however, the Review-Journal was able to get a copy of it. The legislation proposes that tech companies would have the same authority as a county and that they could impose taxes, form school districts, create justice courts and provide other governmental services.


The draft legislation states the traditional local government model is "inadequate alone to provide the flexibility and resources conducive to making the state a leader in attracting and retaining new forms and types of businesses and fostering economic development in emerging technologies and innovative industries."


Within the Innovation Zones, companies would take over the duties of the counties in which the zones are located. They would become...

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