BILBAO, SPAIN (June 22, 2018) – Today, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval joined Government of Bizkaia President Unai Rementeria to sign a memo of understanding (MOU) between the state and the province on collaboration in economic development. The signing, which was followed by a meeting of the Nevada delegation and Bizkaia businesses, kicks off a week-long trade mission to the Basque Country or Basque Autonomous Community in Spain.

“It is entirely appropriate that we formalize these closer economic ties, because Nevada is not Nevada without the Basque people and culture,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “The Basque culture in Nevada is a relationship that goes back to before we were a state and Basque emigrants moved west during the gold rush and the rise of ranching and herding. I am thrilled we can move this dynamic into the future as we collaborate on technologies that are drawing even more international interest to the New Nevada.”

The MOU, which will seek to foster higher education and commercialization partnerships, focuses on smart city technology, including intelligent mobility and autonomous systems, as well as electric generation, grid technology, and blockchain.

“The growth of Nevada’s tech sector is a real attraction for global investment and we’re seeing -- especially among international communities that may already have cultural ties to Nevada, such as the Basque -- the growing desire to work together economically,” said Paul Anderson, executive director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).

Next up for the trade mission, the Nevada delegation will continue to connect with Basque business and higher education interests and meet with the President (or Lehendakari) of the Basque Country Inigo Urkullu.

GOED’s international division recently announced the creation of a new initiative aimed at attracting international, high-growth companies looking to establish U.S. footholds and expand. “Nevada Global” will partner with economic development agencies abroad to identify candidate businesses and connect them to Nevada’s startup accelerator community. More

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

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