Economic Development: Industry Sector Mapping of NSHE Sponsored Projects July 2013
In February 2012, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development released “Moving Nevada Forward: A Plan for Excellence in Economic Development 2012-2014” (State Plan). This dynamic new plan outlines goals and objectives with the stated vision of “A vibrant, innovative, and sustainable economy” and mission of “high-quality jobs for Nevadans.” The State Plan further identifies targeted sectors and specific opportunities and provides the strategies and initiatives that are best expected to capitalize on the State’s existing assets and improve in other areas that require progress. As a key partner in education and a stakeholder in Nevada’s future, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to contributing to the achievement of the goals and objectives contained in the State Plan.
To give the Board of Regents and the Governor’s Office an idea of the substantial contributions NSHE institutions are already making to economic development efforts through their research projects, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV); University of Nevada, Reno (UNR); and Desert Research Institute (DRI) identified research areas that are aligned with the eight industry sectors targeted under the State Plan:
1. Tourism, Gaming, and Entertainment;
2. Clean Energy;
3. Health and Medical Services;
4. Aerospace and Defense;
5. Mining, Materials, and Manufacturing;
6. Business IT Ecosystems;
7. Logistics and Operations; and
8. Additional promising possibilities including agriculture, intangibles and financial enterprises, and water technology.
Throughout this process of “mapping” existing research projects to the industry sectors, the institutions took a somewhat conservative approach in line with the objective of effectively illustrating the many existing efforts in the various fields of research that tie into Nevada’s economic development plans. Because the focus of this report is the research that aligns with the identified industry sectors, it is important to keep in mind that numerous important fields of research are underway that are not specific to the industry sectors targeted under the State Plan, and thus are not included in the list of research projects in this report. Over $120 million in funding from sponsored programs in other fields of research is not reflected in this report, including approximately $49 million for UNLV, $42 million for UNR, and $30 million for DRI.
In addition, some of the research efforts identified by the universities and DRI were clearly related to the economic development plans and goals, but did not fit neatly into one of the identified sectors. To ensure these relevant research efforts were reflected, some of the sectors were modestly adjusted or expanded for purposes of the “mapping” process: (1) the Clean Energy sector also includes research more broadly relating to the environment, water and “green” energy; and (2) the Logistics and Operations sector includes transportation-related research. Based upon the description of these sectors under the State Plan, these adjustments seemed reasonable.
- RAC Mapping Report (full pdf document)
- A searchable spreadsheet containing the mapping sectors by NSHE Research Institutions (.xlsx)
Industry Sector Mapping Mapping Currently Funded Research Projects at UNR, UNLV and DRI to Targeted Industry Sectors under Nevada’s 2012-14 Plan for Economic Development