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The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development 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 to promote opportunities in the unmanned vehicle system sector.

The agreement was signed by Nevada’s Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Steve Hill and the Alberta Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations Cal Dallas.

The agreement 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 unmanned vehicle 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,” Gov. 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 offer the most potential for future development,” said Hill. “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 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.”