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First $500,000 rebate from Utah film commission goes to Hopkins flick- Incentive program part of pilot to draw filmmakers to Utah

Leigh von der Esch, managing director of the state’s Office of Tourism, and Aaron Lee Syrett, director of the Utah Film Commission explained the way the incentives work. The state has one million dollars in incentives to award each year. No one project may get more than $500,000. "The World’s Fastest Indian" was actually reimbursed before the new law went into effect, as part of a pilot program to demonstrate to the legislature how the 10 percent incentive would work.

Utah advised to lure tourists from West

"You want to focus your communications to the West, particularly California and Nevada, and don’t forget the residents and day-trip markets," McWilliams told the group. "Focus on gaining back share of travel from (Los Angeles), Vegas, Denver and Idaho Falls."

U-Scan could be your new shopping pal – Klever device guides buyers through store

"In the long run, a grocer always wants the customer to be happy, no matter what. They’ll become loyal and come back to the store over and over again, and a device like this helps them capture customer loyalty."

13,000 homes to be built in Utah to get fiber-optic connections

"Technology infrastructure is one thing where if you build it they will come," McMahon said. "Just ask the people in Bangalore, India, which is now the largest software development center in the world. They put in all of that infrastructure before they had any of those jobs."

Boost in funding is sought for Utah economic development – $8 million should be north of $16 (million) or $17 million

"And it’s more important to us now than it was then, and it should have been going up all along," he said.

State incentives are OK’d for 3 companies moving to Utah

"This is a big, big expansion in the state. . . . We’re talking over a thousand jobs here, so this is a big deal. They’re all good jobs,"

Skilled workers in short supply in Utah

Only a few other states can claim higher job-growth numbers so far this year, leaving employers in several industries facing shortages of qualified workers.

Some pretty, great state slogan ideas –

"Less Weird Than You’ve Heard."

Friendliness won Utah new Encover operation – Encover Inc. president ‘taken aback’ by the nice people he found

"I’m thinking, ‘Not only are these guys friendly, but they know how to sell. This is a good first impression,’ " Overstreet recalled.

2 Utah firms are finalists for national manufacturing award – Nutraceutical International Corp. of Park City and Headwaters Inc. of South Jordan

Each finalist "has demonstrated the ability to overcome challenges, a proven track record in job growth, improved corporate revenues and capital investments, and a strong commitment to its work force and community."