The vision to build Northern Nevada’s economic future on sectors such as advanced manufacturing and advanced logistics can become a reality only if the region’s workforce has the skills that new and expanding employers require. The Pennington Applied Technology Center at Truckee Meadows Community College has a long and rich history of teaching residents the skills they need for technical jobs and updating those skills to keep workers competitive when new technologies create new employment opportunities.
When Eric Kraemer, M.D., was a medical student less than two decades ago, surgeons routinely undertook exploratory surgery to learn more about their patients. Today, Kraemer works as part of the team of radiologists at Reno Diagnostic Centers, and he says that exploratory surgery is largely a quaint relic of medical history. Instead, the increasingly powerful technology of medical imaging provides diagnostic information that allows today’s physicians and patients to make informed decisions without the pain and expense of exploratory surgery.
The University of Nevada, Reno, Innevation Center — powered by Switch provides yet another important component in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the region. The center’s location along Sinclair Street, with one foot in downtown and one foot in Midtown, marks an important step by the university to make itself accessible to the entrepreneurial and technology communities. The Innevation Center features a makerspace, meeting rooms, co-working spaces, offices for startup companies, and more!
When most of us think about the technology companies that are rapidly changing the face of Northern Nevada, we think about big companies such as Apple and Tesla or one of the software companies along Startup Row in downtown Reno. An equally compelling story about how technology is driving the region’s economic renaissance is found in companies such as Sports Attack LLC that use technology to open surprising new markets. Sports Attack develops pitching machines that are used by baseball and softball teams.
Tune into any nightly news broadcast or browse any newspaper, and the potential danger of technology in business is usually somewhere in the headlines. Whether it’s a massive data dump affecting investors or a scandalous hacking episode, it’s clear that businesses rely on technology — in many cases, haphazardly — to operate. Yet, clearly, few businesses also have a mastery of information technology solutions.