Stead, Fallon selected for UAV sites


STEAD, Nev. ( & KRNV) — Nevada has been selected as one of six locations to be a development center for “unmanned aerial vehicles,” also known as drones.

The sites will include Stead, Boulder City, Desert Rock and Fallon. There could be thousands of jobs, with an average wage of about $62,000 per year, and an estimated $2.5 billion in economic impact.

Governor Sandoval calls it a big opportunity for the state. “Time will tell. This is a new and emerging industry where the state of Nevada is going to be an anchor tenant. It gives our citizens a tremendous opportunity to be on (the) ground floor.”

State officials will immediately begin courting UAV businesses to Nevada. They will finalize the FAA contract and action plan in the next several weeks to meet the goal of having the sites up and running within 180 days.