Tesla's Gigafactory could change everything in Reno, Nevada -- the 'biggest little city in the world'

Tesla GigafactoryREUTERS/James Glover IIConstruction of the Tesla Gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada is shown February 18, 2015.

Construction of Tesla’s $US5 billion Gigafactory is in full swing.

Although the massive battery factory is not even close to opening its doors, the effect on Reno’s economy and public image can already be felt.

“Tesla Motors Inc.’s $US5 billion ‘gigafactory’ may be the best thing to happen to northern Nevada since the silver rush of the 1850s and the gaming boom a century later,” Bloomberg’s Dana Hull wrote.

Hull added that the Gigafactory provides a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to diversify the economy and transcend Reno’s image as a downmarket Las Vegas.”

According to local officials, the factory — will be tasked with supplying Tesla’s growing stable of models with lithium-ion batteries — has generated interest from a slew of investors for Reno.

Companies such as Apple and Amazon have both recently opened facilities in Reno, Bloomberg reports.

In addition, Tesla’s partner in the factory, Panasonic, is investing heaving into the factory. According to Automotive News, Panasonic should cover 30-40% of the Gigafactory’s $US5 billion pricetag.

One industry observer told Bloomberg that Tesla could do for Reno what BMW did for Spartanburg.

In the 1990, BMW established its new North American production facility in the South Carolina town. In the decades since, the region has becomes a hub for automotive development and production.

In total, the Nevada state government expects the Gigafactory to create as many as 9,000 jobs for the region.

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