MELBOURNE, VICTORIA (July 26, 2016) –  Governor Brian Sandoval has departed for Australia to lead a Nevada Trade Delegation that is focused on water technology and commercialization, mining, research and educational collaboration, tourism and gaming, and unmanned technology. The mission will last from Monday, July 25 – Saturday, August 6, 2016.

Governor Sandoval is leading a delegation which includes representatives from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Nevada System of Higher Education, Nevada’s mining industry, WaterStart, the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Las Vegas economic development agencies, as well as business owners who are interested in strengthening or pursuing trade and export partnerships in Australia.

“It is an honor to once again lead a delegation which showcases Nevada’s strengths to a country that is much like our own state in terms of supporting innovative industries while also diversifying and growing its oldest,” said Governor Brian Sandoval.  “The collaboration that currently exists between Australia and the State of Nevada is unlike any other country that I have visited so far as Governor.  Australia’s economic bedrock rests on mining, much like Nevada’s, and tourism and gaming drive economic growth, just as they do in our state.  Additionally, both Nevada and Australia are looking to lead in water technologies and unmanned systems. There are incredible opportunities for Nevada to partner with Australia to continue to drive innovation for historic Nevada industries and the new Nevada we are shaping today.”

With scheduled stops in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, Governor Sandoval and the Nevada Delegation will be meeting with high-ranking government officials, leading research institutions, and industry representatives to not only highlight the State of Nevada, but also solidify research and export partnerships.
In 2015, Nevada’s trade with Australia totaled $149 million, making Australia Nevada’s tenth largest trade partner with exports to Australia totaling $104 million and imports valued at $45 million for a trade surplus of $59 million. Manufacturing accounts for 98 percent of Nevada exports to Australia, and 94 percent of imports. Of Nevada products that were manufacturing in the state and exported to Australia, gaming equipment accounted for $33 million of the state’s export total to Australia. Medical equipment and supply imports from Australia to Nevada totaled $14 million.

The Nevada Delegation: Governor Brian Sandoval; Dale Erquiaga (Chief Strategy Officer, Governor Sandoval); Steve Hill (Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development); Kristopher Sanchez (Director of International Trade, Governor’s Office of Economic Development); Jarad Van Wagoner (Deputy Director of International Trade, Governor’s Office of Economic Development); Gina Rodriguez (International Business Manager, Governor’s Office of Economic Development); Erica Adler (International Trade Assistant, Governor’s Office of Economic Development); Sheldon Mudd (Mining Industry Specialist, Governor’s Office of Economic Development); Marc Johnson (President, University of Nevada, Reno); Mridul Gautam (Vice President for Research and Innovation, University of Nevada, Reno); Alan Gertler (Vice President for Research and Chief Science Officer, Desert Research Institute); Bo Bernhard (Executive Director, International Gaming Institute, Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas); Dana Bennett (President, Nevada Mining Association); Richard Martinez (Vice President, Human Resources, Newmont); Rhonda Zuraff (Director, Communications & External Relations, Newmont); Steve Skidmore (Director – Environmental, Newmont); Nate Allen (Executive Director, WaterStart); Dave Johnson (Deputy General Manager Engineering and Operations, Southern Nevada Water Authority); Sam Routson (Chief Administration Officer, Winnemucca Farms, Inc.); Jonas Peterson (President & CEO, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance); Patrick Sinnott (Business Development Manager, Economic and Urban Development Department, City of Las Vegas); John Delikanakis (Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance); Mark Stoker (VP of Sales, K2); Leo Schafer (CEO, PR Diamond); Katie Schafer (Chairman, PR Diamond); Kim West (Director of Business Development, Quantum Mark, LLC); Reginald Richardson (President/CEO, Aasim Cyber Group); Sarah Lightner (Direct Placement Manager, Geopros, Inc.); Claudia Vecchio (Director, Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs); Alma Derricks (VP of Sales & Marketing, Cirque du Soleil); Adrian Matanza (Sr. Director of Community Relations & Public Affairs, LVCVA); and Jack McNeill (SVP Global Government Affairs, Scientific Games)


About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development:
Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) 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

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