What’s Up Down South? Washington County’s Economic Summit

ST. GEORGE – The 2013 Washington County Economic Summit is set for Jan. 16 at the Dixie Center St. George, featuring an extensive line-up of the leading businesses and entrepreneurs in Southern Utah.

After too many years of trying to climb out of recession, the Washington County economy, as measured by employment rates and economic activity, is definitely tracking strong gains. The summit will reflect this positive outlook, featuring projects up to 18 months in the future.

“Our speakers will show how the economic landscape in Southern Utah is changing in a very positive direction,” Economic Development Director Scott Hirschi said.

Fraser Bullock, co-founder of Bain Capital and Sorenson Capital, will serve as keynote speaker of the summit’s breakfast session. The session also features Department of Workforce Services economist Lecia Langston, who has carefully monitored the regional economy’s dips and curves and will show how the recovery is taking place and which industries are leading it. Gov. Gary Herbert, who has presided over Utah’s stellar economic comeback, will serve as the keynote speaker of the summit’s lunch session.

In addition to the ballroom breakfast and lunch sessions, the summit will also feature 11 breakout sessions designed to help participants make critical decisions in the coming year. New breakouts for 2013 include:

  • What you need to know about federal health care reform

Presented by Natalie Gochnour, Salt Lake Chamber’s lead economist and a former top advisor to Health and Human Service Secretary Mike Leavitt, this session will address top concerns over this greatly debated topic.

  • Crowdfunding: Bringing billions off the sidelines

This aspect of the Jobs Act would allow small businesses more access to equity funding and more small investors to get into the game. Ruth Hedges will explain the preparations needed for both.

  • Is your idea good? Is your business model viable?

The development of new companies and products contains significant risks of failure. Steve Roy will show how a business model canvas and customer validation can increase the chance of success.

  • Making tough decisions

Influential leaders must execute more than inspirational strategies in order to change organizations; often, they must implement unpopular policies. Kristen Cox, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget and former director of the Department of Workforce Services, will go through her process of making tough decisions.

  • Branding

Today’s marketing messages convey much more than a visual logo. Former Madison Avenue advertising specialist Glenn Price will tell how to bolster your company’s brand by building stronger relationships.

  • Lessons learned on the road to success

Successful businesses do not face fewer obstacles; they simply manage to outmanuever and move forward more effectively than most. A panel of representatives from high-growth and high-potential businesses in Southern Utah will explain some lessons that are keeping them on track.

  • Trends and implications in office space utilization

Data can be leveraged to enhance work environments, improve effectiveness and optimize real estate. Learn how to harvest underutilized space and reinvest money saved into great work environments for people.

Returning to the summit breakout session lineup this year will be new versions of popular presentations, such as the residential and commercial real estate previews and the Soltis financial forecast. Additional after-lunch bonus sessions are free to the public and summit participants.

Interspersed throughout the day’s activities, summit participants are invited to become better acquainted with some of Washington County’s companies at the business showcase. The Garden Room showcase will feature customer service and technology companies, as well as introducing startup firms in the Dixie Business Resource Center incubator.

Event details and contact information

Date: Jan. 16

Time: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Dixie Center St. George

Admission: $85 preregistration (until Jan. 11,) $100 regular registration

Contact: Jill Elliss – 435-652-7751 or [email protected]

Submitted by: Washington County Economic Summit

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Twitter: @STGnews


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1 Comment

  • D Rex January 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Instead of the title “What’s Up Down South? Washington County’s Economic Summit”, shouldn’t this be titled:

    “What Up Down In Dixie? Dixie’s Economic Summit”

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