In a flurry of legislative approvals June 2, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval added his signature to Assembly Bill 471, which formally stands up the Office of Cyber Defense Coordination within the Department of Public Safety. The move makes Nevada one of the latest states trying to shape its cybersecurity destiny with an office meant to coordinate and respond to the myriad threats circulating the Internet.
The Governor’s Conference on Business will host a Business Pitch Competition for startup companies to showcase their innovative product or service. The winning companies will be awarded a cash and professional services prize package totaling $31,600 at the conference luncheon. Nevada-based startups in operation for two years or less with annual gross revenues less than $250,000 from any industry should apply by 8:00 am on June 26.
Nevada’s unemployment rate declined again in March 2016, down to a seasonally-adjusted 5.8 percent. Nevada’s businesses added 35,500 jobs, which equates to a growth rate of 2.8 percent over the previous year. “The State continues to narrow the gap with respect to the national unemployment rate and for the 44th consecutive month Nevada’s job growth, which is the third best in the nation, has exceeded the national average,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Small businesses continue to create new opportunities across Nevada and have surpassed peak pre-recession job numbers, a major milestone for the Silver State.”
A long percolating joint venture between the University of Nevada, Reno and NASA officially took off on Wednesday with the unveiling of a new drone and virtual reality laboratory at Reno-Stead Airport. The Nevada Unmanned Aircraft and NextGen Collaborative Environment Laboratory or NUANCE Lab houses UNR research on airspace management as well as a link to NASA’s airspace simulation system. The facility, which is located at the Reno-Stead Airport Freedom Flight Terminal, also features an adjacent workshop for building unmanned aerial systems — more commonly known as drones.