In February 2012, I challenged businesses across the state to create 50,000 jobs by the end of 2014. As of January, 60,700 new private-sector jobs were created, exceeding my goal by more than 10,000 jobs.
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Our job gains are diverse and strategic.
In addition to deepening the development of Nevada's targeted sectors— aerospace and defense, agriculture, energy, health and medical services, information technology, logistics and operations, manufacturing and mining, and tourism, gaming and entertainment—we are currently working to establish the state as a leader in emerging industries, such as unmanned aerial systems, indoor agriculture and water technology.
As one of six states designated by the FAA to be a test site for unmanned aerial systems, Nevada is providing testing grounds for UAS companies and establishing the infrastructure to encourage research and development. Working with private industry, the university system, community colleges and local school districts, we are creating Nevada's UAS workforce for the future.
Nevada will continue to support K-12 and higher education to ensure today's young Nevadans are prepared for new, exciting and growing industries. Through a new funding program, the Knowledge Fund, the Nevada System of Higher Education is working with the Governor's Office of Economic Development to spur research, innovation and commercialization to further expand our state's goals.