has been integral to Nevada’s history, and it remains an important part
of the state’s economy today. Nevada's considerable mineral
reserves equate to a geologic potential making the state one of the most
prospected places in the world. Rural Nevada is among
the highest concentrations of mining activity in the country.
employment in Nevada is 10 times the national average, with the state leading the nation
in production of gold and various other minerals.
GWIB Mining & Materials Sector Council
Strategic Plan 2013
for Nevada's substantial deposits of silver, molybdenum, copper,
tungsten, lithium, uranium, and industrial minerals such as gypsum,
diatomaceous earth, and limestone is likely to grow significantly over
the coming years.
mining & materials industries have common technical expertise and
resources that are transitive between their component sectors: clean
energy, manufacturing, and aerospace and defense industries. All of
these industries rely on consumer demand, and they are also export-based
industries that can improve Nevada’s economy over the long term.
Demand for a skilled workforce is at an all-time high, and Nevada offers
very successful programs to fill industry needs through Great Basin
College (GBC) and the Mining and Metallurgical Engineering program at
University of Nevada Reno (UNR). Both educational institutions have
tremendous support from the mining industry.
mission of the
GWIB Mining and Materials Sector Council
to identify workforce needs and develop initiatives to educate
its workforce in support of the economic development goals of the state.
This will require continued industry collaboration with education
partners and industry stakeholders.