USTAR, Utah EPSCoR and Prosperity 2020 host Miss America as she champions STEM
GOED to announce STEM funding

The reigning Miss America will join business leaders and policy makers to emphasize the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Officials from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development will also make an announcement regarding the allocation of STEM-dedicated funds and the new STEM Action Center Board appointments. The business-led Prosperity 2020 movement has set the goal to make Utah a “Top 10 center” for STEM jobs and businesses by the end of the decade.

Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan
Sophia DiCaro, deputy director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
Mark Bouchard, chair of Prosperity 2020, and senior managing director of CBRE
Stan Lockhart, IM Flash, STEM Action Center, Board Member
Kevin Jessing, USTAR director of Bioinnovations Gateway

Friday, May 10, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Salt Lake Chamber
175 East 400 South
Suite 600
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Validated parking is available in the surface lot directly West of the Chamber building. Please park in the lot with the automated barriers for validation.

The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) is a long-term, state-funded investment to strengthen Utah’s “knowledge economy” and generate high-paying jobs. Funded in March 2006 by the State Legislature, USTAR is based on three program areas. The first area involves funding for strategic investments at the University of Utah and Utah State University to recruit world-class researchers. The second area is to build state-of-the-art interdisciplinary facilities at these institutions for the innovation teams. The third program area involves teams that work with companies and entrepreneurs across the State to promote science, innovation, and commercialization activities. For more information, go to or follow

Contact: Justin Berry

About EPSCoR
Utah EPSCoR – The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a federally-funded program to promote the development of science and technology capacity in the United States. Utah EPSCoR funding is utilized to build science and engineering in higher education and a technology-based economy for the future. Utah is among 27 states, along with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, identified as EPSCoR states. Utah EPSCoR was established in 2009.

Contact: Ellen Burns

About Prosperity 2020
Prosperity 2020 is the largest business-led movement ever assembled in Utah to advance educational investment and innovation. The partnership includes 15 chambers of commerce, economic development entities, and other education-minded entities funded by business. The vision of Prosperity 2020 is for that state’s educated and trained workforce to propel Utah to enduring prosperity, improved quality of life and the strongest economy in the nation. Learn more by visiting

Contact: Marty Carpenter

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 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 with organizations such as the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah), Utah Defense Alliance, the Manufacturers Extension Partnership (MEP) and others to fulfill its mission. For more information please visit

Contact: Michael Sullivan