Nevada Business Intensify Global Push

International Game Technology these days maintains 60 offices on six continents, a far cry from its humble beginnings in northern Nevada in the 1950s.

Now the state government is looking to jumpstart three small companies — two of them with significant presence in northern Nevada — in hopes that they can follow IGT as a big player in international markets.

IGT will be honored by the Northern Nevada International Center during its 13th annual Global Gala Friday.

The company’s global operations these days include major research and product development facilities in Australia, China and Sweden. It recently acquired mobile and online gaming companies in the United Kingdom to solidify its presence in European markets. And it increasingly views itself as global citizen that supports efforts ranging from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada to disaster relief after the Japanese earthquake of 2011.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development now has identified the first three recipients of grants that will help small businesses offset the marketing costs of entering into international markets.

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