Augmented and Virtual Realities


Nevada County has taken the lead for rural counties in the exploding sectors of augmented reality and virtual reality.

It’s common knowledge that the Greater Bay-Area and Silicon Valley are cost prohibitive for tech companies, entrepreneurs and families. Once you also consider the life style balance available in Nevada County, it’s no surprise our county is a natural fit for AR and VR business.

We now leverage the beautiful, cost-effective Sierra Foothills location that is home to one of the only rural high tech clusters in the U.S. The ERC has kicked off this focus with the creation of the Green Screen Institute (GSI). The GSI nurtures start-up innovation, which includes co-working and business incubator space, along with an annual VR/AR accelerator that is coupled with an accelerator fund. NCERC has played a key role in “seeding” GSI.

The NCERC is also building an ongoing tech talent pipeline for employers through the efforts of our Talent Connection Task Force. In addition, we will be launching the new Digital Media Tech Training Academy, which will occur in conjunction with multiple education and training institutions.

Stay tuned for more updates about this new and thriving sector of our economy.

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