Indoor farmers coming to Douglas

Local Bounti co-founder Craig Hurlbert

Local Bounti co-founder Craig Hurlbert


On Thursday, new Douglas County indoor farming technology company Local Bounti Corp., was approved for $1 million in tax abatements by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board.

Based out of Hamilton, Mont., the company will be required to create 65 jobs in the first two years of operation at an average weighted hourly wage of $26.69. 

According to the state, the company will make $10.5 million in capital investment within the first two years of operation and generate $10.7 million in net new tax revenues over 10 years. 

Local Bounti is the only new firm to be approved for abatements outside of Clark County, according to the state.

“We have had a very productive year coming out of the pandemic,” said Development Board Executive Director Michael Brown. “After having 16 companies approved for abatements in September, the GOED Board approved nine more companies (Thursday). The companies choosing Nevada are making a major investment in our state. I am also encouraged by the quality of the jobs they are creating.”

Just before Thanksgiving, Bounti Local announced the closing of an approximately $1.1 billion business combination with Leo Holdings III Corp., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company. 

As a result of the closing of the business combination, Leo was renamed Local Bounti Corp. The common stock and public warrants of Local Bounti began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Nov 22 under the ticker symbols “LOCL” and “LOCL WS,” respectively.

According to the announcement, Local Bounti is a controlled environment agriculture company operating an advanced indoor growing facility in Hamilton, Mont. 

“Reaching retail shelves in record time post-harvest, Local Bounti produce is superior in taste and quality compared to traditional field-grown greens,” the company said.

The company grows non-genetically modified produce 365 days a year without pesticides or herbicides and less water than conventional outdoor farming methods. 

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