Utahns urged to help lure businesses – Gov. wants to target specific cluster development

People throughout the state — not just economic development and government types — can help Utah’s economic development push, an official with the Economic Development Corp. of Utah said Thursday.

Stephanie Frohman, vice president of business development at EDCU, said the same qualities Utahns displayed during the 2002 Winter Olympics can help bring businesses to the state.

"The unfortunate part about the Olympics in 2002 was that Utah got really high on the national profile when the economy was in the tank, so nobody was really moving businesses during that time. So there was a little bit of a gap between Utah being high on the radar screen and people starting to move," Frohman said during the Utah Women in Technology spring luncheon.

Technology can be supported by backing the state’s identification of economic "clusters," or types of industries where Utah has demonstrated world-class expertise. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. wants business recruitment and existing business development targeted in these groups and wants to develop cooperation among competing companies in the individual clusters.

By Brice Wallace
Deseret Morning News

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