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Predator Drone (credit: General Atomics/Getty Images)

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RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Aerospace industry officials trying to persuade the U.S. government to make Nevada home to a national drone test site say the unmanned aerial vehicles represent a potential gold mine for the Silver State worth billions of dollars.

Nevada is on the short list of 25 applicants from 24 states. Six test sites will be chosen, the next step to opening the nation’s airspace to civilian drones.

Tom Wilczek, the defense and aerospace industry representative for the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, is among the officials who met with industry experts in a video conference this week.

They tell the Reno Gazette-Journal that drone testing would have a wide range of both public and private economic impact in Nevada, from military reconnaissance missions to herding livestock.

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