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Nevada Governor's Science Office Revived, Gets New Director

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Governor's Office of Science, Innovation and Technology is getting a fresh start and a new director after being defunct for years.

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Wednesday that Brian Mitchell will be the office's program director. Mitchell previously served as an education fellow in the governor's office.

The office will coordinate efforts between K-12 schools and colleges to improve science, technology, engineering and math education and ensure Nevada's workforce meets the needs of a high-tech economy.

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Sandoval's personnel announcement is his second within the week geared toward building a more advanced workforce. He announced last week that he was appointing state Superintendent Dale Erquiaga as his chief strategy officer.

Sandoval said he was inspired to make that change after seeing German workforce development programs on his recent European trade mission.