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News Release
For Immediate Release

May 6, 2015

Brett Heimburger
GOED International Trade and Diplomacy Director

Michael Sullivan
GOED Communications Director

Utah and Japan Grow Business Partnerships
Trade mission highlights 36 percent growth in exports to Japan

TOKYO—Brett Heimburger, Director of International Trade and Diplomacy at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), showcased the Beehive State during an  address to a group of highly-influential Japanese business leaders during the State of Utah Trade Mission to Japan.

The “Why Utah” seminar, which was organized in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization and the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, highlighted Utah as a favorable business destination for Japanese firms looking to do business in the United States.

Utah stands as Pollina Corporate’s no.  #1 Pro-Business State and Forbes Magazine’s no. #1 State for Business and Careers in 2014. The state fosters international growth and prosperity with 188 foreign firms from 29 countries. Together, they employ 29,000 Utahns across various industries.

“There are more than 20 Japanese firms in the state,” said Brett Heimburger. “This is one of many strong economic and cultural ties between the State of Utah and Japan. Currently, Utah companies export over a half billion dollars a year to this market with export growth being up 36% from 2010 to 2014.  We are constantly looking at ways to strengthen these relationships and attracting foreign direct investment is an important component in this process.”

Utah’s unique tax rebates attract foreign investors to make capital investments in the state while creating jobs for Utah residents. “Utah is the no. #4 state in the U.S. for venture capital investment. Heimburger said, “Industrial loans, tax incentives and start-up money are regularly used to expand, relocate and open new businesses in the state. Companies that move to Utah soon discover that not only are their needs met, but they also develop a close partnership with the state.”

“We have had a great experience with doing business in Utah,” said “Why Utah” presenter Katsuhiko Sakitama of Polatechno Co., Ltd., parent company of Orem–based Moxtek, Inc. “We acquired a great business and with great talent have been able to successfully grow.  We are planning to build a clean room in our new Moxtek building this year, and we are committed to expanding our business in Utah in the future.”

Utah is becoming a premier global business destination with one out of three Utah residents earning a college degree. Many residents have either lived or worked abroad, enhancing their ability to make immediate contributions to the success of Utah companies and their foreign counterparts.

Each year, GOED hosts several trade missions, business seminars and forums that act as catalysts for international trade and expansion. For more information about business in Utah, visit

Brett Heimburger, Director of International Trade and Diplomacy, informing Japanese businesses of investments opportunities in Utah at the FDI Seminar in Tokyo, Japan.

Brett Heimburger, Director of International Trade and Diplomacy, informing Japanese businesses of investments opportunities in Utah at the FDI Seminar in Tokyo, Japan


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 to fulfill its mission.  For more information please contact:  Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or