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Gilman And Partners Get $43 Million From Nevada

Lance Gilman is a well-known business man in Northern Nevada.

The brothel owner, real estate developer and Storey County commissioner is one of three partners who spent millions of dollars developing the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. Gilman, along with partners Don Roger Norman and William Roger Norman, built a road into the industrial park, but to complete the project they looked for funding from the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).

The state will not only spend $70 million to complete the road, known as USA Parkway, but an additional $43 million was given to Gilman and his partners to reimburse them for the first six miles of highway.

That $43 million will pay for improvements to the existing highway and buy land from Gilman and his partners so NDOT can extend the road by 12.5 miles.

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Once the USA Parkway is completed it will be maintained by NDOT and connect I-80 to U.S. Highway 50. NDOT's board approved the payment late last year after Tesla Motor's announced it would build its $5 billion battery factory at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center.

Supporters believe the road, called USA Parkway, will relieve traffic congestion and bring additional economic development to the industrial park. The 100,000-acre industrial park is home to Walmart and PetSmart. Critics question the size of the tax-payer sponsored payoff.

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Paul McKenzie, executive secretary-treasurer, Building Trades and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada/AFL-CIO.

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