When Brian Sandoval was first elected as our Governor, he made a commitment to move the Silver State into the global marketplace. Through the Governor’s dedication, Nevada is now laying down a Global Footprint that will add economic value for many years to come.
Governor Sandoval, supported by Steve Hill, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and his Global Commerce team led by Director Kris Sanchez, have now successfully organized and conducted several trade missions aimed at building economic ties and helping Nevada companies explore export options abroad. Led by the Governor, these trips have visited China, Mexico, Israel, Canada, and most recently Europe, to promote the Silver State and the businesses that call it home. Nevada is creating history by reaching out to generate international trade partnerships moving our State into the 21st century.
In economic development we are always looking ahead to the future. Everything we do on a daily basis is about shaping the economy of the tomorrow. NNDA staff must focus on what’s next for the Sierra Region in order to determine what kinds of companies are going to make up the diversified economy of the impending while still fitting into the culture of our great area. One of the developing concepts that has the potential to have a huge positive impact on the Sierra Region is the creation of an Innovation District.
Nevada was once an economy driven by hospitality, entertainment and gaming. While these are still important sectors to our state, our economy is transitioning more and more towards one driven by technology and manufacturing. For the Sierra Region, manufacturing has been our mainstay and is what we are known for. However, manufacturing today is not like what most people perceive in their imagination. The “classic version” of manufacturing with endless lines of conveyor belts, identical mass produced products and dirty working conditions no longer exists. Just like all things “classic” manufacturing factories of old are from an era that has past; it is no longer where we are today. There has been a sea change. The next era will be driven by what is called “advanced” manufacturing, or “modern” manufacturing where technology drives process.
We all grew up learning to share with each other and with most things in life, some learn better than others. It’s with this thought in mind that we reflect on the idea of shared abundance.
First, we all need to focus on the many things we have to be thankful for. We have been blessed with great richness here. The wonderful lifestyle we have is hard to be critical of. Our communities have leaders who care about our collective future. Volunteerism is more widespread and effective here than in most places. Our Education System is top notch and our kids are getting the benefits of leading teachers and college/career head starts. Our faith-based community is active, well supported and collectively add tremendous value through their outreach programs to support spirit, mind and body. And let’s not forget clean air, great water and superior locally grown organic foods.