The second annual Kane County Economic Development Summit hosted by the Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA) will be held May 15-16 at Kanab Middle School and will feature Utah Lieutenant Governor Gary Herbert as the keynote speaker. The summit’s theme, “Economic Stimulus Starts from Within,” was born from the desire of the event’s planners to boost confidence in light of the current recessionary economic situation facing the country.  Topics of the two-day event will center around three points of discussion to address the economic issues facing Kane County.

“The ailing economic climate has affected all of us in one way or another,” said CEBA Executive Director Kelly Stowell.  “The Summit breakout sessions offer a unique, firsthand look into what is happening in Kane County with a special focus on future expectations, issues and exciting projects going on in our own backyard in ways of major economic development initiatives.”

Breakout sessions will address natural resource energy development, current economic trends and projections, and major developments happening in Kane County.

Friday’s schedule of events begins at 4:00 p.m. with the May Entrepreneur Forum at Southwest Applied Technology College. At 7:00 p.m., dinner and entertainment will be provided followed by a state of the state address delivered by Lt. Governor Herbert.

Gary Richard Herbert is Utah''s sixth Lieutenant Governor and was elected on November 2, 2004. Prior to his election, Mr. Herbert served 14 years on the Utah County Commission, earning many awards for his civic and community service. A realtor by profession, Herbert is also a veteran of the Utah Army National Guard, and leads state efforts concerning homeland security, transportation, water and rural affairs issues.

“We are especially thrilled to have Lt. Governor Herbert visiting us to discuss what is happening at the state and national level on important topics such as the economy and its effects on rural Utah” said Kane County Clerk Karla Johnson.

Event proceedings for Saturday May 16, start at 9:00 a.m. with a state of the county address followed by breakout sessions with presentations from three groups of panel discussion participants. Experts will be speaking on topics such as uranium, renewable energy, coal, real estate, the Lake Powell pipeline, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, CEBA, and the Aminigiri Resort.

Door prizes will be awarded during the day on Saturday, and one lucky participant will win the grand door prize (a hotel and spa package from Casa Blanca Resort and Casino in Mesquite, Nevada) Saturday afternoon. Two breakout sessions will take place in the morning followed by lunch and the final breakout session.

The planners of the Economic Development Summit would like to give special thanks and recognition to Zions Bank, Zions Bank Public Finance, State Bank of Southern Utah, Color Country RC&D, Southwest ATC, Mountain America Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Kanab City, and Kane County who have made this event possible and cost free to participants!