Utah Economic Summit Features Arthur Brooks, Celebrates Opportunity

Utah Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentSALT LAKE CITY (April 6, 2017) — Gov. Gary R. Herbert has announced Arthur Brooks as keynote speaker for the 11th annual Utah Economic Summit on Friday, April 14 at the Grand America Hotel. This year’s event, centered on a theme of “Opportunity,” will be presented in partnership by Utah Media Group, Zions Bank and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Dr. Brooks will address the audience in the afternoon portion of the all-day event. Currently serving as president of the American Enterprise Institute, Dr. Brooks is widely known as author of the New York Times best seller “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier and More Prosperous America.”

“Utahns often boast the best opportunity America has to offer – and for good reason. We have successfully fostered an atmosphere in which advancements in disruptive technology, digital media, life sciences, aerospace and more abound,” Gov. Herbert said. “The 2017 Economic Summit will convene top influential business and thought leaders, setting the stage for continued meaningful conversation and collaboration in our state.”

Gov. Herbert will address attendees in the morning, following four “power presenters”: Hannah Elsakr, vice president of Americas business operations for eBay; Natalie Gochnour, associate dean of the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business and director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute; Devin Thorpe, journalist, author and speaker on social entrepreneurship; and Michelle Suzuki, chief marketing officer of RizePoint.

Breakout sessions are designed to provide how-to information on topics ranging from marketing, funding and sales to diversification and globalization. In addition, attendees can learn how to get involved in projects surrounding workforce development, refugee employment and generational planning such as Point of the Mountain. The event will conclude with a networking reception featuring locally owned and sourced foods presented by Harmons Grocery.

The 11th annual Utah Economic Summit will celebrate and advance opportunities across industries and communities statewide. Last year’s event had approximately 1,200 attendees. Business and community leaders, as well as government officials, students and educators are encouraged to join.

For more information, visit www.UtahEconomicSummit.com.


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, (801) 538-8811 or [email protected].

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