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"Cybersecurity is a team sport."
- Timothy Galluzi, Nevada State Chief Information Officer, says they have brilliant cybersecurity technologists across the state’s departments and they work together to develop security programs, policies and standards to ensure everybody is working off a baseline to protect the server and network infrastructure. - Friday, March 15, 2024.
"We don’t know what to work on if people aren’t talking with us."
- Beth Smith, President, Washoe County School District, says they have been working to strengthen cycles of communication to make sure what they offer matches what people need. She earlier shares that because of the strategic plan, they heard that sixth graders needed access to sports in middle school, and the board just approved funding. - Thursday, March 14, 2024.
"We really focus on alignment with mission-driven community-based organizations."
- Diana Cervantes, Vice President of Social Impact, SCE Federal Credit Union, explains their efforts to reach underserved communities to help them with financial literacy. She talks about examples including partnering with the Las Vegas Mexican Consulate, offering one-on-one coaching, creating credit builder products, and producing non-custodial youth accounts to support foster and homeless youth. - Wednesday, March 13, 2024.
"Nine billion cells have been made."
- Nicole Cook, Chief of Staff, Panasonic Energy North America, shares that the company passed this major milestone in January and is expected to cross 10 billion cells in the summertime. She says the Northern Nevada operation manufactures 66 battery cells per second. - Tuesday, March 12, 2024.
"It’s really supply and demand."
- James Anderson, President, Greater Nevada Mortgage, says more people moving to Nevada in the past few years and a lack of enough homes being built is what’s causing homes to be so expensive in the community. - Friday, March 8, 2024.
"That’s going to grow over time, and we need to make sure we’re prepared for it."
- Caleb Cage, Nevada Battery Coalition, says 12 percent of the vehicle market share is EV, adding that as we have more people “coming online,” we’ll need a grid that’s going to support the energy infrastructure. He explains how they’re approaching building a new industry in the state and addressing infrastructure and workforce challenges. - Thursday, March 7, 2024.
"I think the state is in a good position right now."
- John Steinbeck, Candidate Senate District 18, says we have “prepared diligently” for emergencies. He explains that it is their job to make sure we’re as prepared as possible, but still understanding that at a moment’s notice, governments can become overwhelmed. - Wednesday, March 6, 2024.
"Congress needs to act to be able to extend these exemptions."
- Bryan Wachter, Senior Vice President, Retail Association of Nevada, says the smallest businesses will be hit by the expiring federal tax cuts. He calls it “silly” that we even need to defend pieces of legislation that are doing more to keep price increases down and help small businesses. - Tuesday, March 5, 2024.
"What was he thinking? I have no idea."
- Howard Stutz, Gaming Reporter, Nevada Independent, says of Scott Sibella, the former Resorts World president who pleaded guilty to a federal charge tied to allowing a known illegal bookmaker to gamble. He says there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered, including who else knew at MGM, adding he would imagine that Nevada gaming regulators will have to weigh in at some point. - Friday, March 1, 2024.
"I think that they make a really significant difference."
- Elisa Cafferata, Chair, Nevada Women’s Lobby, explains the benefits citizen lobbyists have on the legislature. She says they share their first-person stories about policies, which helps legislators understand the impact of what they’re doing for Nevada families and make better choices when they hear how these laws really affect people. - Thursday, February 29, 2024.
"As long as they have revenue and patience over there, I think they’re going to be alright."
- John Katsilometes, Daily Entertainment Columnist, LVRJ, says the Fontainebleau property is counting on creating a destination unto itself in Las Vegas, later adding they’re going after a high volume of high-end, luxury clientele, which will take time. - Wednesday, February 28, 2024.
"Find that person that’s going to tell you when you’re wrong, not just when you’re right."
- Natha Anderson, Assemblywoman, District 30 (D), says even though she’s only served two terms, this is the one piece of advice she gives to brand new legislators. She adds you need to have that person no matter if you’re running for office or already in office. - Tuesday, February 27, 2024.
"There’s a side of Donald Trump that puts people off."
- Robert List, Former Governor of Nevada, says that while the former president goes after people unnecessarily, criticizes them and can be very brash, he hopes we’ll overlook that in favor of his policies and accomplishments. He explains the policies that make him supportive of Trump are the international accomplishments, later adding that our allies and enemies have to respect Trump because he “does what he says he’s going to do.” - Friday, February 23, 2024.
"If that’s the choice you get, I think people are going to want to say something."
- Josh Hicks, Partner, McDonald Carano, says of the upcoming presidential election. Even though there may be two candidates at the top of the ticket who don’t have much support from nonpartisans or moderates, he suspects that the election turnout will be “pretty significant” and people will vote for the candidate “they think will do the least harm from their perspective.” - Thursday, February 22, 2024.
"We have to start helping out smaller towns and give them the access to be able to build not only housing, but affordable, attainable housing overall."
- Maurice Page, CEO, Nevada Housing Coalition, says the potential of building in other communities is huge, but it hinges on lands bills. He says if we can work with our congressional leaders and expand in those other communities, it will be a huge benefit, especially as major corporations move to Nevada and offer more jobs. - Wednesday, February 21, 2024.
"Food insecurity is really the utmost highest right now, unfortunately."
- Woody Worthington, Director of National Partnerships, Green Our Planet, says there are 44 million households nation-wide – about one out of every eight people – who are experiencing food insecurity. He explains that out of the 630 food deserts, there are 40 in Nevada alone. - Tuesday, February 20, 2024.
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