We’ve all experienced disruptions to our daily routines due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving many Utahns with a desire to return to a “new normal.” To that end, and at Governor Herbert’s request, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development is pleased to announce that this year, we’re teaming up with the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, World Trade Center Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber to present a combined summit — the Utah Economic & Energy Summit. The Summit will be held on Monday, October 26th, at The Grand America Hotel with strict adherence to all CDC and local health department guidelines. As we get closer to the Summit, we will share how the event will accommodate current guidelines. Tickets already purchased for both the Economic and Energy Summits are still valid for in-person or virtual attendance. You will not need to re-register for the October 26th Utah Economic & Energy Summit. We look forward to this bigger-than-ever Summit. We are still including the first-ever Economic Summit Startup Pitch and planning a day-long on-site event with options to view programming virtually in real-time or after the event. The Summit will include morning and lunchtime plenary sessions, awards presentations, and morning and afternoon breakout sessions in three tracks: economic development, energy, and global trade. We will also honor Governor Herbert’s economic accomplishments since 2009. We look forward to discussing the important economic and energy issues that impact our great state’s future.


Virtual Admission $79
Attend the Economic + Energy Summit virtually.
Admission $180
Attend the Economic + Energy Summit in-person.

The 2020 Summit will be held at the Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Because of the pandemic, we are taking steps to ensure the health and safety of Summit attendees.
The Grand America's event policy requires all attendees to pass a temperature screening before entry. All doors and handles will be hands-free to limit touch-points as much as possible, and guests will be spread-out in the Grand Ballroom to allow for social distancing. High traffic areas will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the event.
We realize that this is a fluid situation, and we are working with the governor's office to ensure that our guests stay as safe as possible.
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Gary R. HerbertGary R. Herbert
Gary R. Herbert
Gary R. HerbertGovernor | Utah
Governor Gary R. Herbert has led Utah’s recovery from the Great Recession to a position of national economic prominence.
Spencer J. CoxSpencer J. Cox
Spencer J. Cox
Spencer J. CoxLieutenant Governor | Utah
Lieutenant Governor Cox is, by statute, the chief election officer of the state, and the liaison between the governor and Legislature.
Paul F. BrowningPaul F. Browning
Paul F. Browning
Paul F. BrowningPresident and CEO | Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Paul F. Browning has extensive global leadership experience in distributed and centralized power generation.
Karen DuffinKaren Duffin
Karen Duffin
Karen DuffinReporter | NPR's Planet Money
Karen Duffin is a host and reporter for NPR’s Planet Money. Previously, she was a producer at This American Life.
Natalie GochnourNatalie Gochnour
Natalie Gochnour
Natalie GochnourAssociate Dean | University of Utah, Director| Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute
Gochnour served as an adviser to Utah governors Norm Bangerter, Mike Leavitt and Olene Walker. She also served as an associate administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency and as a counselor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services under the George W. Bush administration.
Richard HaassRichard Haass
Richard Haass
Richard HaassPresident | Council on Foreign Relations
Dr. Richard Haass is a veteran diplomat and influential voice on American foreign policy.
Val HaleVal Hale
Val Hale
Val HaleExecutive Director | Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Val Hale is the executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Hale was appointed to the position in 2014 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert.
Miles HansenMiles Hansen
Miles Hansen
Miles HansenPresident & CEO | World Trade Center Utah
Miles Hansen is the president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah, an organization dedicated to promoting prosperity across the state by attracting investment and increasing exports.
Derek MillerDerek Miller
Derek Miller
Derek MillerCEO | Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance.
Derek Miller is the president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance. The Chamber is the state's oldest business association that ``stands as the voice of business.`` In this role, Derek leads the business community in advocating and leading Utah's continued economic prosperity.
Scott MillerScott Miller
Scott Miller
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Joel PetersonJoel Peterson
Joel Peterson
Joel PetersonFounding Partner & Chairman | Peterson Partners
Joel Peterson is the founding partner of Peterson Partners, a Salt Lake City-based investment management firm with $1 billion under management, and author of Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Rob SimmonsRob Simmons
Rob Simmons
Rob SimmonsExecutive Director | Governor's Office of Energy Development
Rob is Governor Herbert’s Energy Advisor, and the Executive Director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development.
Robert SmithRobert Smith
Robert Smith
Robert SmithReporter | NPR's Planet Money
Over the last 30 years, Smith has done just about every job in public radio.












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