State of Nevada, Providence of Alberta Sign MOU to Promote UVS Efforts

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Province of Alberta‘s Ministry of International and Intergovernmental Relations have joined together to establish a collaborative relationship through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  to promote opportunities in the Unmanned Vehicle System (UVS) sector. The MOU was signed by GOED Director Steve Hill and the Alberta Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations Cal Dallas.

The MOU states that the State of Nevada and the Province of Alberta, Canada will seek to facilitate and implement opportunities for a long-term collaborative relationship to advance the export development, investment attraction, solution-oriented research, commercialization and global competitiveness of advanced technologies, such as the UVS sector, in each respective jurisdiction.

“Working with GOED and Nevada’s System of Higher Education, Nevada has been focused on establishing a workforce to support the unmanned vehicle systems industry,” Governor Brian Sandoval said.  “While Nevada is also hopeful that our application to the FAA to be designated a UVS test site will be successful, the opportunities for collaboration presented by this MOU are substantial. I am excited about what this partnership means for the future of our state and the future of Nevada’s aerospace industry.  I thank GOED Director Hill and Minister Dallas for their diligent work on this and look forward to the opportunities ahead.”

“Aerospace remains one of Nevada’s most developed economic development industries.  Within this sector, Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) offer the most potential for future development,” said Steve Hill, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  “As a state, we have been focused on increasing Nevada’s UVS global presence and the signing of this MOU with Alberta will take our State’s UVS presence to the next level with international recognition.”

“Much like Nevada, Alberta is emerging as a leader in the development of advanced technologies in the unmanned vehicle systems sector,” said Minister Dallas. “With the signing of our agreement, I look forward to working together in leveraging each other’s strengths while accelerating the development of these advanced technologies.”

The MOU’s Scope of Collaboration is as follows:

  • To identify suitable industry and government initiatives that can facilitate trade and investment opportunities for the growth, economic development and diversification of each jurisdiction. To share market intelligence, industry information, knowledge, expertise, general best practices and regulatory issues relative to the unmanned vehicle systems sector and other areas of mutual interest.
  • To participate in solution oriented joint research, technology development and commercialization projects.
  • To facilitate scientific cooperation to develop a genuine and mutually beneficial exchange/research relationship that will facilitate technology transfer. To encourage the sharing of science, engineering and technology advancements developed by educational institutions existing within the Nevada System of Higher Education (“NSHE”) and the Alberta Innovation System, post-secondary educational institutions between jurisdictions.
  • To encourage cooperative research activities in the forms of joint research projects  and  joint workshops, and in connection with these cooperation efforts, the exchange of scientific personnel and information on research results; national science policies and research promotion; exchange of scientific materials, publications and information; and development of joint scientific and/or technological research.

The MOU will remain in effect for three years starting from the effective date July 29, 2013.

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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 www.diversifynevada.com.

About the Province of Alberta’s Ministry of International and Intergovernmental Relations;

International and Intergovernmental Relations coordinates Alberta’s relationships with governments across Canada and around the world; and on behalf of Albertans, enhances Alberta’s national and international presence in areas such as export development, investment attraction and government relations.

For more information visit; http://www.international.alberta.ca/