|Speakers:||Mridul Gautam, Vice President for Research and Innovation
Grace Chou, Director, University of Nevada, Reno Innovation Center, Powered by Switch
Mike Kazmierski, President & CEO, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN)
Kristi Overgaard, Executive Vice President of Awesomeness, Switch
Daniel Price, CEO, Breadware
David Walker, CEO, Nevada Museum of Art
Welcome to Reno, the Biggest Little City in the World! During your visit to Northern Nevada you’ll see signs of its economic resurgence. This is happening in great part because of a new mindset. Deeper, meaningful, action-oriented collaboration needed to happen, and it has.
Worldwide brands such as Tesla, Panasonic, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Switch and Google have chosen to locate business operations in Northern Nevada and, in addition to these headline-grabbing developments, there is an infusion of startups and entrepreneurial ventures. While the traditional, legacy industries remain important, the region has stepped up to the opportunity to develop a more knowledge-intensive and high-tech economic base, and the University of Nevada, Reno is a cornerstone of this economic development. Yet, along with the growth and opportunities comes challenges, from downtown development to housing and other infrastructure demands.
This panel discussion brings together a variety of perspectives. Join us to learn more about how the Reno-Tahoe region is applying innovation, place and talent as it strives for economic resilience.