Utah Rural Summit hosted by Southern Utah University

33rd Annual Utah Rural Summit
October 6, 2020

The Utah Rural Summit is the premier rural summit with a rich history of convening Utah’s top leaders and decision-makers to influence the economic viability of rural Utah. Hosted in Cedar City on Southern Utah University’s campus, the summit provides the ideal platform where partnerships will discuss some of the most influential topics impacting rural Utah.

Summit Launch

Summit in-person attendees are invited to attend a social experience as we enjoy light refreshments, safe socialization, experiences with the SUU Aviation team, and onstage entertainment with DryBar Comedian Jordan Makin.


Jordan Makin

Jordan Makin - Dry Bar Comedy

Jordan Makin is a stand-up comedian and ginger-haired man. He overcame his red hair and uneventful childhood by learning the art of funny. He has worked with many comedy greats, such as Marc Maron, Ryan Hamilton, and Ron Funches. His comedy has been featured across the country at the North Hollywood Comedy Festival, 2018 Devil Cup in New York City, and Golden Spike Comedy Festival where he was named "Best of Fest". Jordan and his wife, Adrienne, host the weekly "My Wife Thinks" podcast. His first comedy special, "The BFFG" is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Jordan Makin on YouTube


In Utah - Mask

In Utah

Hear about how Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) launched a public information campaign to encourage wellness and foster economic growth and support of Utah business with the “In Utah” campaign, prepared by Salt Lake City-based RUMOR Advertising.


Huston Randall

Summit Party

Enjoy a LIVE music experience, “Billy Joel & Elton John” performed by rural Utah musicians Luke Randall and John Houston while you enjoy refreshing drinks from Apple Beer.

Watch the band on YouTube


Derral Eves - YouTube Expert

Derral is CEO of Creatus, a video marketing and strategy company, and the founder of VidSummit, an annual event in Los Angeles for video creators and marketers. He has helped 24 YouTube channels go from zero to more than a million subscribers, and he has generated 54 billion views on YouTube.




Speed Pitch

The Southern Utah Speed Pitch competition is designed to encourage and support local business ideas and innovations that are in their early stages. The competition is intended to help identify and support high-potential businesses and business ideas. With cash prizes and additional awards, all entrepreneurs who meet the criteria are encouraged to consider entering the competition to have their idea heard, evaluated, and receive feedback from professionals.
Last year’s winner

Featured Speakers


Gary Herbert
Governor of Utah


Stephen Lisonbee
Executive Director - SUU Regional Services & Utah Center for Rural Life


Spencer Cox
Utah Lieutenant Governor


Abby Cox
State of Utah, Second Lady

Derral Eves
Derral Eves
CEO of Creatus - Founder of VidSummit - Executive Producer of The Chosen


Miles Hansen
President & CEO - World Trade Center Utah


Byron Russell
Co-Chair, Utah Multicultural Commission


Nubia Peña
Director - Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs


Jess Anderson
Commissioner - Utah's Department of Public Safety


Ze Min Ziao
Director - Mayor's Office for New Americans at Salt Lake County


Ryan Starks
Managing Director - Governor's Office of Economic Development


Scott Sandal
Senator - Utah State Senate


Carl Albrecht
Representative - Utah House of Representatives


Natalie Randall
Director - San Juan County Economic Development & Visitor Services


Brandy Grace
CEO - Utah Association of Counties


Logan Wilde
Commissioner - Utah Department of Agriculture and Food


Deidre Henderson
Senator - Utah State Senate


Carine Clark
CEO - Banyan / Executive Board - Silicon Slopes / Chair - Governor’s Economic Development Board


Eric Schmutz
President & CEO - State Bank of Southern Utah


Scott L Wyatt
President - Southern Utah University


Brad Cook
President - Snow College


Jon Black
Chair - SUU Entrepreneur Leadership Council


Rich Christensen
Chairman - SUU Board of Trustees


Michelle Tullis
Business Development Officer, AVP


Tyler Stillman
Director - SUU Larry H. Miller Entrepreneurship Program


Dave Durocher
Executive Director - The Other Side Academy


Pete Codella
Director Marketing and Communications - Governor's Office of Economic Development


Tyler Sohm
Vice President and Executive Creative Director - RUMOR Advertising

2020 Agenda

Program

Monday, October 5, 2020

4:00 P.M. Southern Utah SpeedPitch Semi-Final

  • Participate in the semi-final round as 25 of the best businesses ideas are presented in front of judges from across rural Utah.
  • Southern Utah University Campus @ School of Business Room 120

6:00 P.M. Summit Launch Party

  • Summit in-person attendees are invited to join for a social experience as we enjoy light refreshments, safe socialization, experiences with the SUU Aviation team, and an onstage experience with DryBar Comedian Jordan Makin.
  • SUU Aviation Hangar @ 2410 Aviation Way, Cedar City, UT 84721
  • Schedule
    6:00 Socialize, Music, & Food
    6:15 Summit First Launch - Stephen Lisonbee, Executive Director SUU Office of Regional Services (1st Flights) 
    6:45 Rural Utah Launch - Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox (2nd Flights) 
    7:15 DryBar Comedian Jordan Makin
    7:45 Summit Final Launch - Justin Harding, Utah's Chief of Staff (Final Flights)

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

7:00 A.M.

  • Outdoor Welcoming
  • Health Check
  • Summit Gear Pick-Up

8:00 A.M. Welcome and Morning Plenary Session

  • Resilient Past, Present & Future
    Stephen Lisonbee, Executive Director - SUU Office of Regional Services & Utah Center for Rural Life
  • Rural Utah: Common Threads and Unique Identities
    Spencer Cox, Lieutenant Governor of Utah
    Abby Cox, Utah's Second Lady
  • Live Anywhere in Utah and Have the World be YOUR Customer
    Derral Eves, CEO of Creatus - Founder of VidSummit - Executive Producer of The Chosen
  • Global Trends - Local Impacts
    Miles Hansen, President & CEO - World Trade Center Utah
  • COVID-19: Overcoming Challenges by Leveraging the Strengths and Resilience of our Communities
    Byron Russell, Co-Chair, Utah Multicultural Commission
    Nubia Peña, Director - Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs
    Jess Anderson, Commissioner - Utah's Department of Public Safety
    Ze Min Ziao, Director - Mayor's Office for New Americans at Salt Lake County
    Spencer Cox, Lieutenant Governor of Utah
  • The Rich History and Promising Future of Utah Women
    Deidre Henderson, Senator - Utah State Senate

10:15 A.M. Intermission with Utah Shakespeare Festival

Rise and stretch as Utah Shakespeare Festival spotlights some of their magical moments and introduces what's to come.

10:30 

  • Rural Economic Influencer
    Join in the recognition of an individual who has inspired and impacted our rural communities through participation and influence.
  • Rural Legacy Leader
    Participate as we recognize a leader who has contributed a career  of service, making a significant impact to Rural Utah!
  • Resilient Leadership - How It All Happens: A Conversation with Utah's Governor Gary Herbert
    Gary Herbert, Governor of Utah
    Stephen Lisonbee, Executive Director - SUU Office of Regional Services & Utah Center for Rural Life
  • Entrepreneur Speaker Series Keynote
    Carine Clark, CEO - Banyan/Executive Board - Silicon Slopes/Chair - Governor's Economic Development Board

12:00 P.M. Summit Stretch

Rise and stretch as SUU Health Scholars guide us from the Hunter Conference Center Great Hall to the Sharwan Smith Center Ballroom.

12:30 P.M.

Join the 2nd annual event in partnership with State Bank of Southern Utah and SUU’s Entrepreneur Leadership Council.

  • Welcome & Lunch
    Eric Schmutz, President & CEO - State Bank of Southern Utah
  • Partnership Memorandum of Understanding - Partners
    Scott Wyatt, President - SUU
    Eric Schmutz, President & CEO - State Bank of Southern Utah
    Gary Herbert, Governor of Utah
    Brad Cook, President - Snow College
    Jon Black, Chair - SUU Entrepreneur Leadership Council
    Stephen Lisonbee, Executive Director - SUU Office of Regional Services & Utah Center for Rural Life
  • Speed Pitch Finale - Moderator & Judges
    Eric Schmutz, President & CEO - State Bank of Southern Utah
    Carine Clark, Chair - Governor’s Economic Development Board
    Rich Christensen, Chairman - SUU Board of Trustees
    Michelle Tullis, Business Development Officer, AVP - State Bank of Southern Utah
    Gary Herbert, Governor of Utah
    Tyler Stillman, Director - SUU Larry H. Miller Entrepreneurship Program
    Jon Black, Chair - SUU Entrepreneur Leadership Council

2:00 P.M. Summit Party

Enjoy a LIVE music experience, “BILLY JOEL & ELTON JOHN” performed by rural Utah musicians Luke Randall and John Houston while you enjoy refreshing drinks from Apple Beer.

3:00 P.M. Afternoon Plenary Session

  • Strengthening Our Local Food Supply
    Logan Wilde, Commissioner - Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
  • IN UT: GOOD FOR YOU, GOOD FOR UTAH
    Pete Codella, Director Marketing and Communications - Governor's Office of Economic Development
    Tyler Sohm, Vice President and Executive Creative Director - RUMOR Advertising
  • Rural Review: A Panel Discussion on Rural Economic Development
    Ryan Starks, Managing Director - Governor's Office of Economic Development
    Scott Sandal, Senator - Utah State Senate
    Carl Albrecht, Representative - Utah House of Representative
    Natalie Randall, Director - San Juan County Economic Development & Visitor Services
    Brandy Grace, CEO - Utah Association of Counties
  • Changing Lives by Changing Behaviors
    Dave Durocher, Executive Director - The Other Side Academy
  • Rural Innovator Awards
    Celebrate some of the most amazing innovations in 2020 that are making a difference in our rural communities.

Watch Party

Stay connected to this year's Utah Rural Summit without leaving the comfort of your community. Email your local partner below to find out how to join their onsite watch party.

Department of Workforce Services

Employment Center Contact Availability
Logan Sherry Stevens sjstevens@utah.gov  Yes
Brigham City Sherry Stevens sjstevens@utah.gov   Yes
Vernal Toni Ansel  tansel@utah.gov  Yes
Roosevelt Toni Ansel  tansel@utah.gov  Yes
Price Nicole Steele nsteele@utah.gov Yes
Moab Kelly Thornton kthornto@utah.gov Yes
Richfield Kim Washburn kwashbur@utah.gov Yes
Cedar City Ben Baldonado blbaldonado@utah.gov Yes
St. George Ryan Reeder ryanreeder@utah.gov Yes

State Bank of Southern Utah

Branch Contact Availability
Cedar City Bryce Drawe bdrawe@sbsu.com Yes
Richfield Lance Stott lstott@sbsu.com Yes
Delta Justin Taylor jtaylor@sbsu.com Yes
Escalante Kami Brinkerhoff kbrinkerhoff@sbsu.com Yes
Kanab Daniel Johnson djjohnson@sbsu.com Yes
Parowan Steven Barton sbarton@sbsu.com Yes

Health & Safety

For those participating in person for the Utah Rural Summit, it is vital that we embrace and adapt to new practices for traveling, socializing and learning. At the core of these practices is protecting the health and safety of every attendee. Each of us plays an important role in ensuring we can meet safely on SUU’s campus. The Utah Rural Summit health and safety plan applies Southern Utah University’s protocols and the CDC’s Guiding Principles.

Event organizer will:

  • Provide a touchless experience and sanitary environment whenever possible
  • Group attendees for contact tracing
  • Limit number of participants

We expect participants to:

  • Only attend if you are healthy
  • Wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing where possible
  • Agree to a temperature and symptoms assessment at check-in
  • Provide your phone number for contact tracing and updates
  • Contact the organizer at ruralutah@suu.edu if you develop symptoms or test positive within two weeks after the event

Driving Directions:

  • From I-15, take Exit 59 Turn East on 200 North.
  • Turn right (south) on 800 W.
  • At University Blvd, proceed for four and one half blocks, turning right into parking lot #3 or across the street in parking lot #2.

Summit events will be happening in the Hunter Conference Center and the Sharwan Smith Student Center.

Rates are based on availability, first come first served. In order to get the discounted rate, you must call the hotel directly and request the "Utah Rural Summit" rate.

Travel information.
Name Telephone Rate
Abbey Inn 1-435-586-9966 $80 plus tax
Courtyard Marriott 1-435-867-7300 $89 plus tax
Hampton Inn 1-435-586-5000 $89 plus tax
Holiday Inn Express 1-435-865-7799 $89 plus tax
Ramada by Wyndham 1-435-586-8888 $56 plus tax for King
$60 plus tax for 2 Double Beds
SpringHill Suits by Marriott 1-435-586-1685 $89 plus tax

Sponsors

Department of Workforce Services Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development Procurement Technical Assistance Center In UT  SUU Community & Professional Development Decorworx Utah Department of Natural Resources Visit Cedar City Brianhead Cedar City/Iron County Economic Development Entrepreneurship Leadership Council

Receive Conference Reminders

Contact
Email: ruralutah@suu.edu
Phone: 435-865-7707