Nevada has in place a plausible economic diversification strategy—and it’s beginning to work. Now, the state and its regions need to craft a people strategy.
Specifically, the state needs to boost the number of Nevadans who possess at least some postsecondary training in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math—the so-called “STEM” disciplines.
Aimed at focusing the state at a critical moment, this analysis speaks to Nevada’s STEM challenge by providing a new assessment of Nevada’s STEM economy and labor market as well as a review of actions that leaders throughout the state—whether in the public, private, civic, or philanthropic sectors—can take to develop a workforce capable of supporting continued growth through economic diversification.
Strengthening STEM education and workforce training requires concerted efforts on the part of the public and civic sectors alike. These memos provide additional detail (including implementation specifics and budgetary impact) so that leaders can take action on key recommendations advanced in “Cracking the Code on STEM.”
- Deploy the Governor’s Bully Pulpit
- Appoint a STEM Champion
- Establish a Nevada P-12 STEM Challenge Grant Program
- Reconstitute the STEM Advisory Council
- Develop a STEM Marketing Campaign
- Create a Regional STEM Workforce Challenge Grant Program
- Improve the Sector Councils
- Promote STEM Through the NSHE Funding Formula
- Update State College Governance
- Establish an RDA-led STEM Internship Program
Senior Policy Associate and Associate Fellow
Senior Policy Analyst and Associate Fellow - Centennial Scholar Initiative, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking
Former Research Analyst - Metropolitan Policy Program
Senior Economist, Gallup