News Release
For Immediate Release
Feb. 22, 2015

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Governor Announces 10th Anniversary Economic Summit
This year’s event includes disruptive startups, red-hot technologies and expert advice

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Imagine a reality where a government-sponsored event is interesting. It turns out that is Utah’s reality. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Utah Economic Summit—and it’s gearing up to be the best summit yet. Presented by Zion’s Bank and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the event will be held April 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

“Innovation drives our winning economy,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert, who will address attendees in the afternoon session of the all-day gathering. “New ideas and a strong entrepreneurial spirit help Utah’s economy stand out, but it’s collaboration that helps it truly succeed. The summit provides an opportunity both for learning and creating connections and partnerships across industries and interests.”

This year’s theme, Innovate Utah! pays tribute to innovation as one of the keys to Utah’s prevailing economic success. Utah has been ranked Forbes’ No. 1 Best State for Business and Careers five out of the last six years and has been Pollina Corporate’s No. 1 Pro-Business State four years running. More than 1,200 business and community leaders, small business owners, entrepreneurs and students will attend to discover best-kept secrets that keep the Beehive State on top.

Pierre Lassonde, founder and chair of Franco-Nevada Corporation and founder of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah, will headline as the keynote speaker, detailing the story of his own humble beginnings and powerful insight on strategic entrepreneurship. Lassonde Studios, a one-of-a-kind housing and creating facility, will open for students in the fall.

“The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute fosters the human ingenuity of our researchers and the creativity of our entrepreneurs,” Mr. Lassonde said. “As leaders statewide come together to encourage that culture, they will create the jobs of the future for the state of Utah.”

Following Mr. Lassonde’s keynote will be multiple breakout sessions based on the following themes: Investment, It’s About People, Innovation, Strategic Management and Cool Tech. The sessions are designed to cater not only to C-level executives—there are many workshop-style presentations aimed at entrepreneurs and small business owners. Breakouts include:

  • M&A in Today’s Market: How to Prepare Your Company to Be Acquired—representatives from UBS Bank, EMC, Lazard, Goldman Sachs
  • Building the Right Team—Carine Clark, MaritzCX
  • Secrets to a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign—featuring local Utah companies
  • Workplace Culture: Create a High-Performing Team—HR representatives from Domo, Vivint, InsideSales and Instructure
  • Moving from the $1 Million Deal to the $100 Million Deal—Robert Clarkson, Paypal
  • An Automated Life: The Internet of Things—representatives from Jabil Circuit, Inc.

New this year is the “Innovation Hall,” which will showcase business incubators, investors, schools, law firms and more. This feature is designed to enhance networking opportunities for sponsors and attendees alike.

From top investment and technology executives, to interactive digital media experiences and panels of Utah’s own “Shark Tank” winners, this year’s exciting agenda covers information valuable to anyone involved with business at any stage.

“It’s fitting that we apply a philosophy of innovation to the structure and offerings of the summit every year,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “I genuinely believe our 10th anniversary Utah Economic Summit will be unlike anything we’ve done before. It is always our goal for it to be a highly inclusive, collaborative and engaging experience for attendees.”

The 10th Annual Utah Economic Summit, hosted by Gov. Herbert, will celebrate and advance innovation across every Utah industry. Business and community leaders, as well as government officials, students, and educators are encouraged to attend.

Register today at .



Keynote Speaker Pierre Lassonde
Founder and Chair, Franco-Nevada Corporation
Founder, Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah

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Gov. Herbert addresses attendees at the 9th Annual Economic Summit on April 17, 2015 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or