Robots navigate obstacle courses and autonomous vehicles learn how to drive at the Nevada Center for Applied Research at the University of Nevada, Reno. And, that’s what’s happening in only one room of the three-story building. On the other floors, startups and other companies can access the physical and intellectual assets of the university to do groundbreaking research and create life-saving innovations.
The region’s largest educational and networking organization, Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET), held its June 13 Tech Wednesday event at the William N. Pennington Health Science Center, an allied health training site of Truckee Meadows Community College. Business professionals, local tech leaders, and a regional representative for Senator Dean Heller, Lauren Morris toured the classrooms, simulation laboratories, and briefing rooms of the College site.
Where can you find a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, radiology lab, veterinary clinic and an emergency room in one building? At the William N. Pennington Health Science Center. There, students learn how to deal with real-life health science scenarios in a variety of hands-on laboratories.
No longer is technology an element that somehow needs to be accommodated in real estate development. Now technology is increasingly at the heart of memorable projects, providing the framework that drives design and development decisions and providing a welcome environment for businesses and families. To understand how this works, take a look at West 2nd District, the 17-acre neighborhood that’s planned along the Truckee River on the west side of Reno’s downtown.
Brand-building in the digital age feels daunting. How do you learn about your audiences? What are “channels” and how do you use them? How do you make your website and social media efforts matter? The Abbi Agency in Reno just finished development of a cohesive brand for Butte County in California, and our process likely holds promise for other organizations building their own brands.
As Nate Pearson builds TrainerRoad, he knows he can sell potential new employees on the outdoors lifestyle of Northern Nevada, its affordable housing and the financial advantages of working in Nevada. But Pearson knows that he needs to deliver something more — a work environment rivaling those in Silicon Valley — to attract and retain the top engineering and technology talent that will power the future growth of TrainerRoad. In five years, the company has grown from a startup-on-a-shoestring to a 55-person staff.
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.