The annual Raising Kane, Business Summit starts at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, at Stampin’ Up! Food will be provided and the conference is free for all to attend. Topics will cover the economy and business trends, with speakers from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Utah Buy Local First program, and author Dan Shilling.

“We are excited for the 2014 business symposium, and we have some remarkable speakers addressing important topics relating to our community and economy” said event organizer Kelly Stowell, Center for Education, Business, and the Arts Executive Director. “It’s alway great to have Dr. Shilling joining us in Kanab, to discuss ideas to increase business and the importance of civic tourism.”

Dr. Dan Shilling will be the keynote speaker with an address about the importance and role of Civic Tourism. Dr. Shilling has researched, written about, and practiced alternative forms of tourism since the early 1990s. In 2001, he received the Arizona Office of Tourism “Person of the Year” award. Shilling regularly makes presentations to tourism programs, economic development groups, and cultural agencies. He is the former director of the Arizona Humanities Council, and has received numerous awards for his work in community development.

The 2014 Kane County Business Summit is offered at no charge thanks to generous donations from partners including the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, State of Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Kanab Area Chamber of Commerce, Zions Bank, State Bank of Southern Utah, Mountain America Credit Union, Kanab City, Kane County Economic Development and Office of Tourism, Wells Fargo Bank, Small Business Development Center, Southwest Applied Technology College, Dixie State University, Southern Utah University, CEBA and Stampin’ Up!