Special Events & Tours

The 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference will take place April 9 -12 in Reno, Nevada. Pre-Conference online registration is now closed. However, you may still purchase registrations on-site in Reno starting April 9 at 12:30 PM for the full conference, individual conference days, or for available tours/festivals. Please contact us with any questions!

TLG Off Site Tours & Activities 

Several off site tours and activities have been created for you to further your learning and explore the area. Select the additional activities below, if any, you would like. Tours and activities often sell out - you are highly encouraged to pre-register for events during the registration process before arriving in Reno.

TLG Festival! 

Festival photo booth: https://snapbook.tapsnap.net/dashboard/AH190411BCB7B2

Thursday, April 11 from 5:30PM - 8:30PM

Join us for an evening of sport at Bundox Bocce, Northern Nevada's only indoor/outdoor bocce event space. Located in what was once the casino floor, Bundox Bocce is a 22,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor facility complete with seven indoor bocce courts, two regulation length outdoor bocce courts, nine skee-ball machines, a shuffleboard table, ping pong, dart boards and full bar with unique menu items.

Bundox Bocce

How to Play

For those new to the sport, which originated in Europe and has amounted a loyal following state-side, simplicity is key. Two teams of one to six people can play on a court at one time with a bocce set consisting of eight large balls and one smaller target ball called the pallino. The team with the most balls closest to the pallino scores, with one point awarded for every ball the scoring team has closer than the opposing team. The game continues until 12 points, or a pre-determined amount, is reached. Bundox Bocce can accommodate 72 players at once.

Ticket purchase required

Cost: $35.00 during early registration, $40 during regular registration and onsite.

(The event sold out in 2018. Purchase a ticket during registration to secure your spot! Tickets will be sold onsite while they last! Joining from the community? You can purchase a ticket at the Reno Ballroom during conference dates while available.)

Monday, April 8

Tesla Gigafactory Tour: (meet at the Silver Legacy valet)

Covering nearly 2 million square feet in size, Tesla Gigafactory 1 is anticipated to be the biggest building in the world and will be powered entirely by renewable energy sources.  This massive operation (Giga is the unit of measurement representing billions) currently produces Tesla’s Model 3 electric motors and battery packs, in addition to Tesla’s energy storage products, Powerwall and Powerpack.  Come see this state-of-the-art facility and see some wild horses on the way as we depart downtown Reno at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 2 p.m. and will last 2 hours each including travel. Due to facility limitations this tour has very limited space, $20 per person.

Switch TAHOE RENO (Tours are limited to 11 people)

Switch, the technology infrastructure corporation is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the internet. Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy’s data center designs have manifested into the company’s world-renowned data centers and technology solutions. 

The Citadel Campus located in Northern, Nevada, will have a capacity of up to 17.4 million square feet of data center space and up to 850 MW of power upon completion, making it the world’s largest colocation data center campus.

Tuesday, April 9

Visit Tahoe Tour:

Come spend the day learning about majestic Lake Tahoe and the innovative regulatory partnerships that protect this resource. The tour will depart downtown Reno at 9:30 a.m. via tour bus and includes interactive discussion, sightseeing, and a lovely lakeside lunch prior to returning to downtown Reno at approximately 3:00 p.m.  Stops will include the Tahoe Environmental Research Center as well as beautiful Sand Harbor Beach.  Bring a camera and join us for an unforgettable day! Tour is limited to 60 people, $40 per person.

Renown Health Community Tour: 1:30 – 4:00 pm

Take a tour of award winning Renown Health system’s main hospital and learn about their Healthy Community Initiatives and how they've worked with the community to create programming and support for trails, nonprofit healing arts programs and urban gardens.  Snack provided.

Wednesday, April 10

Generator Tour: 1:30 – 5:00 pm

Learn about why and how Reno is the gateway to Burning Man.  Experience one of Reno’s makerspaces, the Generator meet local artists, Burning Man founders and learn about how important Burning Man is to Reno’s resurgence.  Enjoy live demos and take a little piece of the Playa back home with you. Tour is limited to 40 people, $20 per person.








NV Energy Tour: 1:30 – 5:00 pm

Limit 10-12 guests

Wondering how northern Nevada’s energy infrastructure is helping attract and support major companies such as Apple, Tesla, Google and many other Fortune 500 Companies? Join us for an interactive tour featuring economic development and energy experts from NV Energy, Nevada’s public utility. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the company’s Frank A. Tracy Generating Station, a multi-technology, clean-burning natural gas-fueled power plant complex, with enough capacity to produce electricity for more than a half million households. The experience also includes a drive-by tour of the Tahoe Regional Industrial (TRI) Center with NV Energy’s economic development experts highlighting how they strategically work with businesses, site selectors, real estate brokers/developers and economic development agencies to facilitate business location and expansion within Nevada.  

Startup Riverwalk Tour: 1:45 – 5:00 pm

Enjoy the true story of Reno’s redevelopment and revitalization during this adventure in the Biggest Little City. Walk on Reno’s revitalized Riverwalk on the Truckee River and stop in a meet Reno’s startup community in the University of Nevada Reno InNEVation Center, the Basement, Arlington Towers, mural tour lead by Artspot Reno and end with a complimentary drink and a game at The Eddy, Reno’s unique outdoor container park.  The tour is limited to 100 people, $10 per person.

Thursday, April 11

Regional Transportation Commission Coffee and Innovation Tour: 8:00 am – 11:45 am

Take an electric bus and experience an interactive tour with guests visiting along the way from downtown to Reno’s up and coming districts – the Midtown District, 4th Street and University of Nevada Reno.  Learn about the work of Washoe County’s Regional Transportation Commission and what local businesses have done to make their districts unique.  This tour involves a construction project visit so please wear closed-toe shoes. Tour is limited to 80 people, $10 per person.


Exercise Events

Morning Poker Run: Thursday, 7:00 am. FREE

Run from downtown Reno to the Truckee River and play poker along the 2.8 mile route – whomever gets the best hand wins a prize!  Meet up at open plaza between the Silver Legacy and Reno Ballroom (by Tesla pavilion.) Run sponsored by Desert Sky Adventures and NaphCare.

TGIF Yoga: Friday, 7:00 am $5 per person drop in fee at event

Start your day off right and enjoy incredible views from the top of the Eldorado Hotel looking towards beautiful Mt. Rose – celebrate the day with Sun Salutations and light stretching. Mats provided.