Utah Economic Development

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Tight labor market strains Utah’s small businesses – Salt Lake is magnet for small biz

"We are now No. 4 in the country in terms of job growth,"

Utah tourism ads go techy – Salt Lake ad agency to ‘discover’ Utah brand, lure tourists

"A brand is very much like the Supreme Court justice’s definition of pornography. He says, ‘I can’t tell you what it is, but I know it when I see it,’ "

Utah’s people called its biggest business draw

People. Youthful, energetic, enthusiastic, loyal, hard-working, educated people.

They are Utah’s greatest attribute when trying to attract companies to the state, according to panelists speaking at the Economic Development Corp. of Utah annual meeting Wednesday.

Comcast: The new cable may boost efforts to lure high-tech operations to the Utah economy

A few years ago, Thompson accompanied then-Gov. Mike Leavitt on a trade mission to California’s technology-rich Silicon Valley, hoping to lure high-paying jobs to Utah. Thompson says several company representatives approached him, only to quickly walk away. "As soon as they heard we had only one fiber-optic line, discussion quickly ended," he sighed.

MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) acts as a "pipe-line" for technical education in Utah

MESA provides opportunities for role model exposure – tours of industries, talks with female and minority professionals, and campus visits that consist of more than just tours of brick buildings – that help students picture themselves as eventually completing the MESA/STEP pipeline and getting a math-based career or technical job.

Utah economic development deal is fraught with conflict

Six years ago, a private company supported by Utah’s top business leaders tried to gain more control over the competitive, lucrative and often secret realm of luring new businesses to Utah. And when Huntsman took office, he named the company’s former director, Chris Roybal, as his chief economic adviser.

Utah Gov. Huntsman picks 6 ‘clusters’ – state will nurture economic growth in focus areas

Around these clusters, Frey said, the state’s strategy is to synergize research universities, technology commercialization catalysts like the Centers of Excellence program, capital (via the "fund of funds") and industry with the state’s efforts to foster and recruit top talent and implement smart government reforms — tax simplification among them.

Utah Gov. Huntsman to visit Fox in economic-intensive trek to Mexico in July

During the trip, set for July 11-15, Huntsman said he is also scheduled to meet with several other Mexican officials, including the secretary of the economy and the minister of travel and tourism, as well as the U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

Utah Gov. Huntsman’s Economic Summit — boosting business

"These are tough, complex issues today that confront our society that we didn’t think much about 15, 20 years ago. So we’re all in it together. We all want Utah to succeed and prosper, and we’re on the cusp of some excellent years ahead. Let’s make sure that we do it for all Utahns. That’s why we’re here today."

Resource network is formed – Utah Business Link will offer host of services

"They will be focused on supporting entrepreneurs, the idea being that it’s very confusing to entrepreneurs and young or new CEOs where to get the resources," Frey said. "They see a number of entities all over the state providing services, some offering certain services, some offering others. We’re going to try very hard to provide a very unified, simple presentation to entrepreneurs so that they have a much easier time accessing the resources they need to be successful."