Government impacts at every level


Gateway District

The Gateway District is a developing concept of reimagining the space between the University campus and downtown Reno. the University is currently in the design phase of the Gateway Parking Complex. Learn more about University Gateway Parking Complex

RTC routes

"The RAPID Virginia Line is the highest-ridership route in Regional Tranportation Committee's transit system. Extending the RAPID Virginia Line to the University is anticipated to continue to increase ridership while providing students, faculty, and staff with an enhanced travel option through the Virginia Street corridor in Reno.

As part of the Virginia Street project, there are five new RAPID transit stations near the University, on both sides of Virginia Street. The RTC has also made sidewalk improvements and added a roundabout on Virginia Street at the entrance to the University’s West Stadium Parking Complex to improve safety and traffic flow. The project also included the restriping of Virginia Street from two lanes of traffic in each direction to one traffic lane and one shared bus/bicycle lane for both northbound and southbound traffic flow. The Midtown improvements are similar, including three upgraded RAPID stations and a roundabout."

Learn more about the RTC route updates.

Campus expansion

The University is always working to improve our facilities to better serve our students and faculty. See renderings and learn about our upcoming construction projects.


Legislative session

Regular sessions of the Nevada Legislature are held biennially in odd-numbered years. They convene on the first Monday in February after the election of members of the Senate and Assembly. Sessions are limited to 120 calendar days following the approval by voters of a constitutional amendment in 1998.

At other times, the Governor may, for a specific purpose, call the Legislature into special session, or the Legislature may, upon a petition signed by two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the Legislature, convene a special session for a specific purpose without action by the Governor. Learn more about the Nevada Legislature.

Read our weekly session updates

The Knowledge Fund

The Knowledge Fund, administered by Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, is a major instrument to recruit highly specialized science and research faculty. This recruitment effort further expands already existing research areas of excellence in the state and thereby assists applied research centers in the effort to support industry innovation in Nevada. Through the Knowledge Fund, GOED supports projects at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and the Desert Research Institute (DRI).

To obtain this funding, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) submits applications to GOED for projects that could benefit from Knowledge Fund support. View some of the University's supported projects.


Cares Act Emergency Funds

As part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the University was been approved for a one-time, limited allocation of funds to assist degree-seeking students in need because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruption of campus operations.

CARES Act funding assisted with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, or health care).

Nevada State Public Health Laboratory

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL) serves the Silver State as a first line of defense against public health threats. Led by Mark Pandori, Ph.D., the NSPHL has been an important source of statewide guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The laboratory’s aggressive approach to developing and certifying testing capacity has made Nevada a leader in testing for the coronavirus at a higher per capita rate than many other states. The NSPHL also provides a wide range of diagnostic and analytical services for infectious/communicable diseases, foodborne outbreak analyses, biological and chemical terrorism and the evaluation of dairy products and water to evaluate safety for consumption and compliance throughout Nevada.