Great EDCUtah Events on the Horizon

EDCUtah kicks off 2017 with its combined Advisory Board/Annual Report Meeting, which takes place Jan. 10 from 12-1:30 the Show Barn at Thanksgiving Point.

Investors will be provided with one free seat at the meeting. Additional seats may be arranged by calling Kevin Bischoff, director of membership development, at 801-328-8824Registration is required.

The organization is midway through its 2016-17 fiscal year and Chief of Staff Michael Flynn says the annual meeting provides an opportunity for EDCUtah investors to gauge where the organization has been and its plans going forward into 2017. The meeting also provides an excellent opportunity to review the FY 2015-16 results and network with other investors.

“We are also really excited to recognize our Economic Development Award Winners for the year,” says Flynn. “Provo Mayor John Curtis will receive the Thayne Robson Award for Leadership in Economic Development – Public Sector, and World Trade Center Utah CEO Derek Miller will receive the Nick Rose Award for Leadership in Economic Development – Private Sector. Also, we created a new recognition this year called the Cornerstone in Economic Development Award, which will be given to associations, organizations or developments making a substantial economic development impact in the state. This year’s award will be given to City Creek Reserve.”

Looking back at FY 2015-2016, Flynn says it was one of the most successful years for economic development in EDCUtah’s 29-year history. Highlights include the commitment of companies to create or retain nearly 15,000 jobs and invest close to $1 billion dollars in capital investment, all stemming from 20 project wins.

What’s more, EDCUtah hosted recruiting missions, tradeshows and events in seven U.S. states and two European countries. The Events team strengthened relationships with key site selectors and industry promoters, while the Global Strategy & Outreach (GS&O) team added 68 new companies to the Business Development project pipeline.

Other highlights include the redesign of the company website,, which now features the information companies and site selectors have expressed is crucial for determining if Utah is the right place for expansion. In harmony with the new website, EDCUtah’s Research Team redesigned and published six industry profiles, focusing on targeted industries in Utah.

Next up, after the annual meeting, EDCUtah will be in St. George for its annual Entrada reception and the St. George Area Economic Summit (formerly known as What’s Up Down South). The Entrada reception takes place Jan. 11 from 5-7 p.m. at the Entrada at Snow Canyon. The reception is co-hosted by World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) and is free for investors, however registration is required. In addition to taking part in networking and enjoying great food and drinks, attendees will hear brief presentations by leaders from EDCUtah and WTC Utah.

The St. George Area Economic Summit takes place Thurs., Jan. 12 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dixie Center. The event is the largest business gathering in the southwest part of Utah and draws business, government, education and civic leaders from across Utah and southern Nevada.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Mary Walshok, author, speaker, educator and thought leader at University of California, San Diego, and John Richards, an entrepreneur, venture investor, mentor and educator. Click here for the full summit schedule. Register here.