By Kaleb Roedel – Northern Nevada Business View
Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, has been helping lead the charge and keep the pace since arriving in Reno in 2011.
With a new year on the horizon, the NNBV talked with Kazmierski about the business outlook for Northern Nevada in 2019 and beyond.
NNBV: WHAT INDUSTRIES DO YOU SEE AS HAVING THE MOST GROWTH NEXT YEAR?
Kazmierski: Well, our main push is growth in technology and technology is a big area. So we really are focusing on subsectors of technology — the A.I. and robotics, the Internet of Things, blockchain and biotech are some of the strengths in our region that we’re trying to leverage to grow additional quality jobs here.
But our advanced manufacturing is really the foundation for the technology growth. If you think about it, we’ve been very successful at advanced manufacturing attraction over the last seven years. We’ve brought in more than 70 new companies in that space. And everyone wants to talk about Tesla and that’s a wonderful addition to our region — that’s advanced manufacturing. Or New Deantronics, a recent announcement, that’s in the biotech medical device space is advanced manufacturing.
So it’s bringing in a lot of technology as we continue that success in advanced manufacturing. It puts further demand on the region for robotics, it helps us on the software coding and software engineering demand, which allows attraction of talents to the region to fill that space. So it still is our main push. Our goal ultimately is to be the advanced manufacturing hub of the West as a foundation upon which we will add this technology growth.
NNBV: WHAT INDUSTRIES DO YOU SEE HAVING SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL NEXT YEAR AND BEYOND?
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