On Friday October 7th, Employers of Poland hosted a delegation of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development led by Mr Kris Sachez, Director of Foreign Trade. The delegation also included Mr John Petkus, honorary Polish consul in the state of Nevada, Mr Jakub Mędrala, Director of the Polish-American Chamber of Commerce in Nevada and Ms Erica Adler of the Governor’s Bureau.
Guests were received by representatives of Employers of Poland: Executive Vicepresident Janusz Pietkiewicz, Foreign Affairs Adviser Sławomir Majman and Adviser for American Affairs Paweł Pietrasiński.
The parties agreed the framework of cooperation, the aim of which will be to raise the awareness of business opportunities in Nevada among Polish entrepreneurs. Nevada is one of the most dynamically developing states in the US, taking particular care to ensure a business-friendly environment, low costs of running a business, and easy access to both business mentors and state administration. Nevada’s growth is also aided by support for innovation centers (business accelerators and incubators), the influx of companies – particularly leaders in the field of modern technologies (a.o. Switch, Apple, Tesla, Panasonic, Amazon), as well as by the proximity of the Silicon Valley.
The delegation identified the accessibility of the market, extensive support mechanisms for business and convenient distribution channels tailored to the needs of SMEs as the state’s key characteristics.
Support for innovation and new technologies have become one of the priorities of Nevada governor Brian Sandoval – he initiated the establishment the Nevada University Innevation Center in Reno. The Center comprises the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innevation Center and Nevada Industry Excellence (NAASIC), which are intended to serves as centers of development and commercialization of autonomous system technologies (including robotic terrestrial, aerial and underwater systems – such as industrial robots, autonomous cars and drones). Switch invested in the Innevation Center, treating it as technologic backup for its new data center which is being built near Reno. An acceleration space dedicated to Polish companies, managed by the Polish-American Chamber of Commerce in Nevada and supported by the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, has also been established at the Center.
It also worth pointing out that the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC), located in Nevada, is the largest technological park in the world, with a total area of over 43 300 hectars. At TRIC, TESLA company has built the biggest batter company in the world – the so-called Giga Factory.