Good news apparently comes in twos.
Just one month after Reno’s selection into IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge Program, Nevada is announcing another partnership with the tech giant — this time for improving research within the state’s higher education system.
The Desert Research Institute (DRI) and Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced a new venture Wednesday with IBM to boost big data analytics in the state, as well as the creation of a new Center of Excellence for spurring public and private collaborations.
Proponents hope the partnership will provide a one-two punch that not only turbo charges the state’s research infrastructure but also provides opportunities to create jobs by commercializing technologies developed in Nevada.
“This is a new model for academic research in our state,” said Dr. Stephen G. Wells, president of DRI. “Through valued working relationships with the team at IBM and … support from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, it is time to foster industry-sponsored research, research-based education, commercialization and entrepreneurship in Nevada.”
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