GOED BOARD CONTINUES FOCUS ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, JOBS
Las Vegas, NV (May 18, 2017) – The Board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development voted today to approve additional funding for the Workforce Innovation for the New Nevada (WINN) Program to further enhance Nevada’s advanced manufacturing and technology workforce. A new WINN-funded partnership with Udacity, a leading education and training provider, will launch a pilot program with the University of Nevada, Reno for individuals to become full-stack web developers.
“It is crucial that Nevada work in partnership with our industry-leading companies to not only bring new businesses to the state, but also to grow our skilled workforce to support existing Nevada businesses,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “The WINN program is changing workforce development – whether potential employees take advantage of the scholarship dollars and flexible training platforms or companies use this as a tool to quickly grow their employee pool, WINN has made fostering employable and skilled Nevadans a top priority.”
“Through WINN, we are making sure that employees can reenter the job market in a new trade, with new skills, and at higher wage,” said Steve Hill, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “The programs are geared both to the employer and the employee, making it ideal for Nevadans who may already be employed in another industry, but who want to switch careers and work in a new industry – with little or no previous experience necessary.”
By training for a knowledge-based economy, Udacity’s WINN program will provide a general skill set in web development that can be utilized by virtually any technology company in Nevada, and because this does not require an extensive technical background as a prerequisite, the program can be a pathway to higher skill and higher wage.
In addition to Udacity, the GOED Board voted to approve WINN funds for two other initiatives – a southern Nevada advanced manufacturing training program and a northern Nevada advanced manufacturing program.
In southern Nevada, NSHE, on behalf of CSN, and CCSD have applied for WINN funding to recruit and train up to 500 people per year to work at companies such as Faraday Future, Ocean Spray, Clearwater Paper, Unilever, TH Foods, and others. WINN funds will be used to purchase equipment that will allow CCSD, through SECTA, and CSN to jointly train for advanced manufacturing careers.
In northern Nevada, WINN funds will now also be used to fund GOED-led Industry 4.0 which seeks to address the needs for the State of Nevada’s current and future employment which will be affected as manufacturing continues to become more advanced. Through this effort, a core group of advanced manufacturers, including Tesla, Panasonic North America, Faraday Future, Clasen Quality Coatings, Click Bond Inc., Pacific Cheese, and Ardagh Group along with Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College will begin a phased approach to establish Nevada as a leader in the nation for Industry 4.0 Certifications that will be centered on advanced robotics, autonomous transport, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cyber security.
Today, the Board also voted to approve applications for six companies to create about 382 jobs and invest just over $115,000,000 while paying an average wage of $24.82 per hour.
Asia Union Electrical Chemical Corp. – Storey County: Asia Union Electronic Chemical Corporation produces and markets high-pure chemicals, chemical formulas, and solvents for cleaning, etching, photolithography, CMP, and rework processes in semiconductor and flat-panel display industries in Taiwan and China. Its products include Co etchants/Ni etchants, surfactant etchants, copper process cleaners, metal corrosion products, ITO etchant organic strippers/CR developers, and corrosion inhibiting products. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Taipei, Taiwan with additional offices in Hsinchu, Taiwan; and Shanghai, China. Asia Union Electronic Chemical Corporation operates as a subsidiary of Edwards Chemical Management Europe Ltd.
eCig Distributors, Inc. – Clark County: eCig Distributors is a technology company specializing in the sale of vapor products. Their platform currently operates on several high-profile domains that service the needs of consumers, retailers and wholesalers.
Geofortis Pozzolans, LLC – Washoe County: Geofortis LLC, a holding company, develops and produces natural mineral products. It offers pozzolan minerals that are used in the flame retardant, fluid management, environmental remediation, and soil amendment industries; and Lassenite, a soil amendment for use in sports turf, golf courses, and agriculture applications. The company also provides supplementary cementitious materials, including pure natural pozzolan and blended products with fly ash and other pozzolans. In addition, it performs chemical analysis, geological analysis, proof of concept testing, process design, and material testing to refine, supplement, and create new materials for applications, such as concrete additives, pet litter, water management, heat resistance, and flame retardants. Geofortis LLC has a strategic partnership with Desert Research Institute. The company was incorporated in 2015 and is based in Moraga, California.
Ryze Renewables Las Vegas, LLC – Clark County: Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC manufactures 100% renewable diesel which is converted from distiller's corn oil, esters, fatty acids or other non-food renewable feedstock. The company plans to purchase a facility in McCarren, NV to produce 2,000 barrel of diesel fuel per day. Renewable diesel is a 100% drop-in replacement fuel requiring no modifications to the existing fuel distribution infrastructure or a vehicle's fuel system. Ryze Renewables Reno, LLC is committed to using renewable resources, starting with the recycling of materials that are left over from its other divisions to manufacture other products.
SA Automotive, LTD – Washoe County: With over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, SA Automotive's team of experts provide the most practical and technical solution possible. They are a full-service supplier, meaning they manage every step of the design & development process, including conceptualization, FEA analysis, technology development, testing validation, prototype and production tool development. SA Automotive strives to constantly innovate and exceed expectations while reducing our environmental footprint.
Scientific Games – Clark County: The world’s top-performing lotteries and gaming organizations partner with Scientific Games for game content, technology, customized programs and managed services that engage today’s players in new and exciting ways, provide solutions for both traditional and interactive channels – and ultimately, increase revenues.
About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development:
Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed at www.diversifynevada.com.