Technology & Manufacturing

Western Nevada County represents one of the most highly regarded Digital Media technology clusters in the U.S., including the ONLY ONE located in a rural area. The article below depicts the long-term industry leadership in this sector that traces back to the 1950’s. Dr. Donald Hare relocated his audio business to Grass Valley from the east coast to form Grass Valley Group in 1959. He moved here because he fell in love with the area and all it offered for quality of life. Grass Valley was the catalyst which formed the current cluster of digital technology companies located in Nevada County. Today, over 20 local companies can be directly traced back to the icon of Grass Valley Group. Over half of the tech companies in western Nevada County are focused on professional digital audio and video product and services to media icon customers such as Comcast, Disney, ESPN, ABC, DirecTV, Fox, Viacom, AT&T, BBC and a host of others. Nevada County has shown it has a propensity for tech spin offs, which create innovation, global competiveness, economic growth and new products for the future in national defense and numerous other industry verticals.

Local high tech CEOs characterize the Digital Media cluster in the Western Nevada County region as being one of the top 3 or 4 in the nation, along with Portland, Seattle and Boston. Technology developed in the county has been recognized 5 times with Engineering Emmy® awards and Citations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for pioneering contributions or substantial improvements to television technology. Today, Nevada County is home to more than 30 companies developing digital media technology or services. The area hosts a diverse talent pool of well-educated, professional engineers, scientists, technicians, and management.

Nevada County is home to a large cluster of firms that manufacture and produce a wide spectrum of products, from low to high tech in nature, and then ship them all over the world. In all we have around 200 such companies. These range from companies that manufacture products such as semi-conductors, varied machinery and equipment, and a variety of machine shops as well as others that specialize in plastic, glass, metal and concrete.

Nevada County is also proud to have two community makers spaces which have tools and equipment for creators of all kinds and support teaching, learning and practicing of a wide variety of crafts, skills, technologies and arts.