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Newsmakers 2012: Economic Development

A collection of news stories from 2012 highlighting UNLV's key role in Nevada's economic recovery.

Campus News  |  Aug 21, 2012  |  By UNLV Media Relations

UNLV staff and business leaders tour the Science & Engineering Building at UNLV.

UNLV is a committed partner in Nevada’s economic recovery. Its critical role in shaping a new state economy includes sharing insight on emerging trends with business and policy leaders, forming regional partnerships to jump start job growth, and educating students with the entrepreneurial know-how to become employers, not just employees. 

Below are profiles of UNLV’s economic impact that have made the news so far in 2012.

Accelerated Partnership

UNLV and Varian Medical Systems have formed an education and research partnership that will create new opportunities for product development, research, and training for students while supporting the growing biomedical industry workforce in Nevada.

Training for a Tech Economy

UNLV is responding to industry needs and preparing for a new Nevada economy by stepping up its efforts to produce graduates in high-demand areas like biomedicine, engineering, and technology. The university is also forming partnerships with emerging industries and creating new programs in response to these industries’ needs.

Learning from Houston

Hospitality and gaming companies from around the world look to UNLV’s International Gaming Institute for resources and training to help them get ahead. In a recent report, institute director Bo Bernhard says Nevada should look to Houston for cues on economic recovery. When Houston’s main economic engine – oil production – moved overseas, the city turned around its economic decline by exporting its intellectual capital. Nevada can do the same with its expertise in hospitality and gaming.

Educating a Successful Workforce

Despite shrinking budgets and flat enrollment, UNLV is making gains in high-need areas like science and technology with more students and strategic hires. The lean years have offered an opportunity for the university to respond to employer demands and get more involved in the state’s economic diversification.

Renewable Research

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval identified renewable energy as one of seven areas the state needs to tap for new business growth. The university is heeding the call through new research discoveries at UNLV’s Center for Energy Research, educational partnerships with electric utility NV Energy, and participation in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, the university is poised to heed the call.

A Higher Learning Hotbed

UNLV, under the leadership of President Neal Smatresk, has worked to make the campus a partner with business and policy leaders and a welcome place for the community. The university regularly offers tours to introduce visitors to the campus and create community support by showcasing UNLV’s many community connections.

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