Doing Business in Churchill County

Why Do Business in Churchill County?

Churchill County has benefited from a stable economy due in large part to key community assets including the mainstay agriculture industry, a unique renewable energy production industry and the military/government stimulus that is Naval Air station Fallon, featuring the famous TOPGUN and SEAL training centers.

Thanks to its renewable green energy resources, the county is a net exporter of green energy.

And we now feature the Churchill Hazen Industrial Park (CHIP):

CHIP aerial looking south

Churchill Hazen Industrial Park

A new economic development opportunity.

  • Flat land sits adjacent to U.S. Highway 50A
  • 2,308 acres available in first phase; 25,000 planned
  • Easy one-day access to western states by rail or truck
  • Fiberoptics/broadband widely available
  • Only 20 miles to Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (Tesla Gigafactory, Switch, Google, Apple and many other world-renowned companies.)

Features and Demographics

Expected growth in Churchill County of 12.61% by 2035, according to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Features:

  • Speed and access to streamlined government offices and officials
  • Planned residential developments currently under construction, 9,878 acres zoned commercial/industrial; motivated Planning Commission ready to rezone as needed by interested parties
  • Union Pacific Railroad spur into the City of Fallon
  • Churchill Fallon Economic Development
  • Fallon Chamber of Commerce
  • Churchill Entrepreneurial Development Association
  • Western Nevada College
  • Banner Churchill Community Hospital
  • ISO 1 rated Volunteer Fire Department
  • Fallon Municipal Airport
    • Primary runway and taxiway capable of supporting turbo-prop and business nets aircraft that do not exceed the published single wheel limitations of 17,000 pounds.
    • Main runway: 5,700’ asphalt strip (3-21) which is fully lighted for night operations
    • Weather and communications are available through an automatic weather observation system (AWOS)
    • General aviation facility equipped to support visual flight operations (VFR)
    • Self-serve fuel (jet A/LL AVGAS) available with credit card
    • Reno Tahoe International Airport is 60 miles away
Color guard at July 4 parade

Demographics

Population:

  • Churchill County: 25,516
  • City of Fallon: 9,327
  • Median age: 39.7 years
  • 91.6% of county residents are high school grads or higher
  • 12% of county residents are veterans

Income:

  • Median household income (2019): $57,824
  • Per capita income (2019): $28,462

Housing:

  • Total existing housing units (2019): 11,045, with plenty of developed infrastructure lots
  • Households with broadband internet (2019): 85.2%

Employment:

  • Mainstay industries: agriculture, geothermal, government/military
  • Top employers: Naval Air Station Fallon, Churchill County, Churchill County School District, Banner Churchill Community Hospital
  • Unemployment rate (2021 average through August): 3.76%