The Utah Economic & Energy Summit

We’ve all experienced disruptions to our daily routines as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving many Utahns with a desire to return to a “new normal.” To that end, and at Governor Herbert’s request, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development is pleased to announce that this year, we’re teaming up with the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, World Trade Center Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber to present a combined summit — the Utah Economic & Energy Summit.

The Summit will be held on Monday, October 26, at The Grand America Hotel with strict adherence to all CDC and local health department guidelines. As we get closer to the Summit, we will share how the event will accommodate current guidelines.

Tickets already purchased for both the Economic and Energy Summits are still valid for in-person or virtual attendance.  You will not need to re-register for the October 26th Utah Economic & Energy Summit.

We look forward to this bigger-than-ever Summit. We are still including the first-ever Economic Summit Startup Pitch and planning a day-long on-site event with options to view programming virtually in real-time or after the event.

The Summit will include morning and lunchtime plenary sessions, awards presentations, and morning and afternoon breakout sessions in three tracks: economic development, energy and global trade. We will also honor Governor Herbert’s economic accomplishments since 2009.

We look forward to discussing the important economic and energy issues that impact the future of our great state.

2020 Speakers


Gary R. Herbert
Governor of Utah
Spencer J. Cox
Lt. Governor of Utah
Georgios Papadimitriou
Head, Enel Green Power
Paul F. Browning
President and CEO, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.

Richard Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

Karen Duffin

Reporter, NPR's Planet Money

Robert Smith

Reporter, NPR's Planet Money

Scott Miller

EVP of Thought Leadership, FranklinCovey

Joel Peterson

Founding Partner & Chairman of Peterson Partners

Gail Miller

Owner and Chairman, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies

Natalie Gochnour

Associate Dean, University of Utah

Q. Val Hale

Executive Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Miles Hansen

President & CEO, World Trade Center Utah


Kent Andersen

Director, Davis County Community & Economic Development

Angie Balfour

CPO, Weave

David Carlebach

VP of International Investment, World Trade Center Utah

Colby Cooley

Director of Global Strategy & Outreach, EDCUtah

Mindi Cox

Senior Vice President, People & Great Work, O.C. Tanner Company

Theresa Foxley

President & CEO, EDCUtah

Emma Houston

Chair, MLK Commission Director

Sid Krommenhoek

General Partner, Album VC

Chris Roybal

President, Northern Utah Economic Alliance

Cydni Tetro

CEO, ForgeDX and President, Women Tech Council

Randal O’Toole

Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

James Watanabe

Vice President, Watanabe Enterprises

Holin Wilbanks

Economic Development Director, Weber County

Our 2020 Agenda

7:00 a.m. Check-In and Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Welcome to the Summit and Morning Plenary Session I

10:30 a.m. Break/Networking

10:45 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m. Break/Networking

11:45 a.m. Lunch and Plenary Session II

1:30 p.m. Startup Pitch

3:00 p.m. Break/Networking

3:15 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Session

4:00 p.m. Made in Utah Closing Reception

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