Sandoval Completes Mission to Japan; Begins Trip To Australia


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CARSON CITY, NV - August 31, 2018

Governor Brian Sandoval has completed his trip to Japan with the National Governors Association. Sandoval has now arrived in Australia for the second leg of his journey.

While in Japan, Sandoval and other U.S. Governors met with Japanese Governors to discuss opportunities relating to business and educational trade, including workforce training. During the trip Governor Sandoval and representatives from the City of Las Vegas met with the NTT to discuss NTT’s current projects in the city of Las Vegas.

“The meeting between the City of Las Vegas and NTT was an excellent opportunity to discuss how Las Vegas and Nevada can be on the forefront of creating a smart region,” Governor Sandoval said. “Not only does Las Vegas want to be a smart city, but they also want to be the smartest city.”

As part of the trip in Japan, the delegation met with Japanese government representatives to offer Nevada’s resources as leaders in the gaming industry as Japan moves forward with Integrated Resorts. Governor Sandoval met with Japanese Prime Minister Abe and, at First Lady Abe’s request, she and First Lady Sandoval met to discuss women’s rights issues.

“While in Japan, we were also able to have discussions about the importance of trade between Nevada and Japan,” Sandoval added. “There is potential for Nevada gaming operators and technology companies to export equipment and services to Japan and invest directly and with companies like Panasonic already operating in Nevada, the framework for growth already exists.”

Sandoval now begins the second leg of his journey in Australia. Yesterday, the delegation attended a water innovation workshop, which built upon a memorandum of understanding signed between Queensland and Nevada in January. Over the next three years, the Queensland Department of Natural Resources is contributing $500,000 in Australian funds for collaboration between the WaterStart and Queensland Urban Utilities. Currently there is a joint effort to recruit additional water technology companies to work on Intelligent Water Networks.

“I was pleased with yesterday’s water workshop and I am looking forward to additional meetings in Queensland,” Sandoval added.

The delegation also met with the Premiere and covered a range of topics including workforce, education, drone technology and climate change. During the meeting, the group spoke about the sister state agreement with Queensland. The Governor and First Lady also attended the Woman on Boards luncheon on women’s rights with the Premiere.

Wrapping up yesterday, the delegation met with Tritium and took a tour of their manufacturing facility where the group was able to learn about leading edge technology for electric vehicle charging stations. Additionally, the delegation discussed Nevada’s electric highway and the importance of providing an infrastructure that will meet the growing demand of the future.

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