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September 22, 2021
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A rural county where a technology company wants to build a semi-autonomous city is scheduled to testify in front of Nevada lawmakers on Tuesday as part of a legislative committee tasked with studying Gov. Steve Sisolak's Innovation Zones proposal.
The proposal would allow technology companies that promise to invest $1.25 billion and possess at least 78 square miles of land to apply to form a so-called “Innovation Zone.” The zones would be governed by three county commission-like board members — two of whom would at first be nominated by the company. The zone would operate outside the jurisdiction of pre-existing local government and could create court systems, impose taxes and make zoning decisions.
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