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The Salt Lake Chamber announced today that Governor Mike Leavitt will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2020 Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit. Leavitt is the founder of Leavitt Partners, a healthcare intelligence business.

In previous roles, Leavitt served as secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (2005-2009), administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2003-2005) and three-time elected governor of Utah (1993-2003). While at EPA he oversaw implementation of the most protective ground-level ozone standards in our nation’s history and signed the Clean Diesel Rule, a landmark rule to cleanup nonroad diesel fuel. His service at HHS included the implementation of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program and the planning and preparation for a pandemic flu. 

“Governor Leavitt is known for his vision,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “As the governor of Utah at the beginning of this century, and a witness to policy at a local, state and national level, he was instrumental in setting our state up for economic success by improving our major freeway system and encouraging the surge of our tech industry investment, among other things. He is the best of what Utahns are known for and aspire to be — an innovator, collaborator and entrepreneur. We look forward to discussing with him what we can learn from the last 20 years and the lessons we should take with us as we make policy in the future.” 

Additionally, Leavitt was chairman of the National Governors Association, the Republican Governors Association and Western Governors’ Association. He is a seasoned diplomat, leading U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries, conducting negotiations on matters related to health, the environment and trade.

The Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit is the state’s premier economic forecasting and public policy event that is attended by business, policy and academic thought leaders from across the state. The summit offers an unrivaled opportunity for attendees to gain insights on the future of Utah’s economy and the policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

The 2020 Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit takes place on January 17, 2020, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek.

This year’s presenting sponsor is Zions Bank. The major sponsors are Dominion Energy and Intermountain Healthcare, and the event sponsor is Rocky Mountain Power. 

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