Gov. Herbert Headlines Rural Summit

Published: August 05, 2015 | Author: Jessica Young | Read Time: 1 minutes

The 28th annual Rural Utah Summit will take place August 6-7 within Southern Utah University’s Hunter Conference Center with State of Utah’s Governor Gary R. Herbert headlining the event.

Governor Herbert will speak to a crowd of legislatures, city officials, Utah business leaders, economics and planning professionals, and policy makers from both state and federal offices; all to better grow Utah’s rural economy.

Out of the 84,899 square miles that make up the State of Utah, 97 percent of it is rural, making this Utah Rural Summit an essential conference for all Utah policy makers to better grow economic strength.

With a theme of “Bullish On Rural Utah”, administrators hope to persuade all business and policy makers within the state to strengthen the rural economy, as well as the emerging competitive advantages that flow from rural lifestyles and innovations.

Along with Governor Herbert, the Summit will feature presentations by Thurl Bailey, former MBA Jazz player, and Diane Smith, founder and director of American Rural, a startup technology company in Whitefish, Mont., that is now one of the largest digital media service companies in North America.

“Rural America is at the beginning of an explosion of opportunity,” says Smith. “An innovative and pioneering spirit, along with technologies that are fairly readily available, makes this possible.”

Other presenters will explain the emergence of the new rural America, and the importance of telling the story of the new rural reality. Headlining this list of speakers is Chad Booth, executive producer of The County Seat, Robert Grow, executive director and CEO of Envision Utah, and Derek Miller, executive director of World Trade Center Utah. 

The two-day conference will offer attendees in the private and public sectors breakout sessions that encompass natural resources, public land issues, and challenges facing Utah tourism and energy development.

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