CARSON CITY, NV - August 31, 2018
Governor Brian Sandoval is continuing his Australia trade mission, meeting with the Governor of Queensland yesterday and hosting meetings with the Queensland University of Technology as well as Building Queensland and Advance Queensland.
“Queensland has done a phenomenal job building a diverse economy and the opportunity to meet with leaders to talk about what Nevada is doing in that regard as well was wonderful,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “Nevada and Queensland have overlapping interests in drone technology, advanced robotics and autonomous vehicles and we appreciated the opportunity to talk more about how we can collaborate.”
After meeting with the Governor of Queensland in the morning where the group discussed the ongoing drought in Queensland and how that has affected farmers and rural communities, Sandoval and the delegation visited the Queensland University of Technology where the group discussed how the Nevada System of Higher Education can collaborate with the Queensland Institute for Future Environment and how the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and Renown are collaborating on the integration of unmanned aerial systems and the health care industry. Staff from the Queensland University of Technology has visited UNR and more staff exchanges were discussed during the visit.
In the afternoon, the delegation visited Building Queensland to talk about the opportunities and challenges of building infrastructure in Queensland, including supporting the transportation of liquefied natural gas. Building Queensland works to standardize the way business cases are proposed and the delegation shared how Nevada utilized the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee to expand the convention center and help build the stadium in Las Vegas.
Finally, the delegation visited Advance Queensland, where they toured a start up incubator and learned about the growing start up ecosystem in Queensland. The group explored various programs in Queensland to support small and startup businesses including the Ignite Grants program, which has helped create more than 1,000 jobs in Queensland. The Nevada delegation also shared the success stories of Nevada’s two Innevation centers and the growing startup ecosystems in Las Vegas and Reno.
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