Rosen Announces University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval as State of the Union Guest

Thanks To Rosen-Backed Legislation, The University Of Nevada, Reno Has Been Tapped To Spearhead Nevada’s Regional Tech Hub Boosting America’s Lithium Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced that Brian Sandoval, former Nevada Governor and current President of the University of Nevada, Reno, will be her guest at this year’s State of the Union address. The University – which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year – was recently designated as one of 31 Tech Hubs around the nation through a program authorized by the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act that Senator Rosen helped pass. 

“President Brian Sandoval has spearheaded efforts to make the University of Nevada, Reno a global leader in innovation, bolstering critical industries in our state and creating good-paying jobs,” dijo el Senador Rosen. “I was proud to work with him to help establish the University’s Lithium Loop Tech Hub and ensure northern Nevada becomes a world-class destination for lithium battery and electric vehicle technology. It is my honor to have President Sandoval as my guest at this year’s State of the Union address and highlight the work the University is doing to transform Nevada’s economy and support American clean energy.”

“I would like to thank Senator Rosen for inviting me to represent our University at the State of the Union and for her leadership and support in transforming the trajectory of Nevada’s economic future,” said President Sandoval. “With bipartisan consensus, our region is evolving into a globally competitive hub for advanced energy technology. Our recent Tech Hub designation empowers our University, and in turn our state, to support a broad range of workforce development, business creation, attraction, retention and expansion strategies.”

The University’s designation as a Tech Hub is a recognition of Nevada’s potential to become a global lithium leader, home to every part of the lithium supply chain. Senator Rosen helped secure this designation, and she’s been working with President Sandoval to push for funding for the University’s Lithium Loop Tech Hub. Last month, along with members of Nevada’s congressional delegation, Senator Rosen sent a letter to the Department of Commerce supporting the University’s official application for funding.