Public forum: New Nevada



1 August 2016


Refectory, Level 5, Abercrombie Business School, University of Sydney

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval was this year described as the most popular Republican in the United States. He’s also led his state through the most significant public education reform in more than 60 years and the critical challenge of an historic and devastating drought.

Governor Sandoval was the special guest of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney on August 1 to share his vision and efforts to diversify the state’s economy in the face of these challenges, resulting in the concept of the “New Nevada”. 

The driest state in the US now leads the nation in areas such as the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and water innovation, with Las Vegas well on its way to becoming the Silicon Valley of water science. It's a vital case study in state government and economic development, with many lessons for Australia as it combats its own environmental challenges and strives to take advantage of the “ideas boom”.

An announcement was also be made at this event regarding a new partnership between the University of Sydney and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on collaborative research into gaming and risk in both countries, around the world, and online.

Public Forum: New Nevada with Governor Brian Sandoval


  • Governor Brian Sandoval

    Brian Sandoval was elected the 30th Governor of Nevada in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. In 2005 he was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Nevada and in 2002 he was elected Attorney General of Nevada. He has previously served as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission and in the Nevada Legislature.

  • Steve Hill
    Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Nevada

    Steve Hill is the Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, having been appointed to the position by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. 

    Prior to accepting his appointment, Mr. Hill served as CalPortland’s Sr. Vice President, responsible for Nevada and Arizona operations, as well as Chairman of Service 1st Bank...

  • Professor Simon Jackman
    Professor Simon Jackman

    Professor Simon Jackman was Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre from April 2016 to May 2022. Between 1996 and 2016, he was a Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman's teaching and research centres on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems with special emphasis on American and Australian politics.