Gov. Herbert to speak at Washington County Economic Summit

People at the 2010 Washington County Economic Summit. Photo courtesy of Jill Elliss.

ST. GEORGE – The Washington County Economic Summit returns to the Dixie Center, 1835 South Convention Center Drive, on Jan. 11.

The Washington County Economic Summit or as some refer to it “What’s Up Down South” returns to Southern Utah for its 15th year, and this session promises as much success as years past.

“Originally we had a lot of people in real estate and developers attend,” Planning Chair Jill Elliss said. “In recent years it has been much more diversified. We have people coming from the Wasatch Front who are interested for different reasons. Many are people from other economic development entities in the state.”

The conference entertains anywhere from 800-1000 people each year. Some attendants come to the conference simply to enjoy the weather of southern Utah in January, Elliss said.

“The local people who come want to know what is going on in the region,” she said.

The breakfast keynote speaker is George Feiger, the CEO of Contango Advisors. Gov. Gary Herbert will open the lunch session with a greeting, and the keynote speaker for that session is Hyrum Smith, former CEO of Franklin Covey.

There are 11 break-out sessions each attendant can choose from that will begin at 9 a.m., including a lunch session for the entire group.

“Some people can’t spare the time or money to attend the entire summit,” Elliss said. “So we have a series of bonus sessions in the afternoon that are free. They start at 2 p.m. featuring a serial entrepreneur, natural gas and renewable energy sessions.”

The cost to attend is $75 per person, which includes two meals. For a complete list of the break-out sessions and to pre-register, visit whatsupdownsouth.com. Tickets prices at the door are $100 per person.

dlundin@stgnews.com

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