The 2010 Kane County Economic Development Summit is slated for this coming Friday and Saturday (April 23-24) at the Kanab Middle School. The summit kicks-off Friday evening at 6 p.m. with a special keynote address by Utah House Speaker David Clark.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, break-out sessions begin, covering topics focused on issues facing Kane County residents like the state of the economy, entrepreneurism, education, and energy development.

At 10 a.m. the finalists for the Idea to Industry competition will present their business ideas to the community before the winners of the contest are announced during lunch.

At 11 a.m. there will be a breakout session focusing on education, followed by a presentation by Juliette Tennert, the Chief Economist for the Governor’s Office of Planning & Budget.

Lunch features a special keynote address given at noon by Leigh Von der Esch, Managing Director for the Utah Office of Tourism, followed by the announcement and award presentations of the Idea to Industry competition winners.

At 2:30 p.m. break-out sessions begin with one panel discussion on mining in southern Utah; James Petersen, President of World Class Transformation Incorporated, will speak on “How to eliminate waste and generate value in tough economic times,” and one break-out session will focus on “how to utilize the press in your business endeavors.”

The theme of the summit is “the road to economic recovery begins with you” and the event is offered to community members cost-free, thanks to generous donations from local partners, including the Kanab Area Chamber of Commerce, Zions Bank, State Bank of Southern Utah, Kanab City, Kane County, Color Country Resource, Conversation and Development, Wells Fargo Bank, the Small Business Development Center, and Mountain America Credit Union.

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