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Local Leaders Meet to Discuss Future Plan For Economy

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You might remember, last year, IBM gave Reno about $400,000 worth of technical assistance. A team of experts from the company collected data to help area leaders better understand ways to improve northern Nevada's economy. Thursday, IBM was invited back to begin implementing that plan.

Just about every elected official from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County attended the Smarter Region Leadership Summit at McKinley Arts & Culture Center.

I spoke with the guest speaker, who researched how the cities in our area work and how IBM can apply data to make them more efficient. He said his first recommendation to our leaders sounds easier than it actually is. "Work as one area, not as a bunch of cities or a bunch of counties, focus together as one area," said Jurij Paraszczak. "You can't have all kinds of pockets of ideas, you need to have one big idea. There needs to be one strategy and deploy it and that's what IBM recommended."
  
Paraszczak said there is plenty of untapped potential in northern Nevada. He said technology is the path to future success. He also said gaming and other industries will be prosperous, but if our elected officials successfully recruit tech companies, everybody will benefit. "I expect to see one or two companies moving here, getting their feet wet, maybe one really getting in here full blast. I see the result of that bringing other companies over to say hey, 'what's going on over here in Reno?' I also see millennials moving in here for the jobs and the environment."

Paraszczak said cities nationwide are competing for young professionals. He said studies show they want a smaller place that offers a lot to do.
 
Written by Chris Ciarlo
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