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DRI At 60: Looking To Turn Tech Into Real-World Opportunities

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Ever since the recession, when tens of thousands of Nevadans lost jobs largely because our state is so tied to gaming, there’s been a push to diversify the economy.

Education got more money, the thought being we need better education to draw different areas of business.

One of those areas is technology. High tech.

The Desert Research Institute, the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education, creates and adapts technologies for the real world.

The Institute this year is celebrating its 60 th anniversary. DRI is doing a lot to coincide with its birthday, including a discussion next week on technology and smarter communities.

Nevada Public Radio is a sponsor of the event.

Tina Quigley, general manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and chairwoman of the board of the DRI Foundation; Kristen Averyt, president, Desert Research Institute

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Joe Schoenmann joined Nevada Public Radio in 2014. He works with a talented team of producers at State of Nevada who explore the casino industry, sports, politics, public health and everything in between.