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Spurring Development Castle Country Economic Summit
The night events we will be kicking off the Summit on September 19th
(Wednesday) with a dinner at the North Springs Shooting Range
with entertainment by Val Jensen's Band, cowboy shootout by the Balance
Rock Regulators, and our own local author Sue Ann Martell (Kitty Tetons
SASS# 67109) who has just published her book, "Rails Around Helper." If you really feel
lucky you can also pre-register to shoot with the cowboys for an additional
$7.50. Registration needs to be in before September 14th so that meals
and planning can be finalized.
brings education to those in business
from Price, Utah's Sun Advocate
The Carbon County Events Center will be the center of the Castle Country
Economic Summit on Sept. 19-21.
By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher
For the first time in its short history, the Castle
Country Ecomomic Summit will be held primarilly in Carbon County this year
on Sept. 19, 20 and 21.
The brain child of a few Emery county business people
only a few years ago, the summit has grown in size and intensity each year
and this edition of the conference will be no different.
Most of the events will be held at the new Carbon County
Events Center at the Carbon County Fairgrounds. But there are also some
side events that will take place at the North Springs Shooting and Recreation
Area as well as at the Castle Vally Ranch in Emery County.
Once again the theme of the conference will be "Spurring Development"
with the program full of educational opportunities for all kinds of business
from retail to agriculture.
Things get started on Sept. 19 at the North Springs
complex with a dinner and entertainment for the evening at the Castle Gate
Cowboy Town. Located about 15 miles southwest of Price. While entertainment
will be provided by the Balanced Rock Regulators, participants can also
participate in shooting on the range for a small fee. The shooting club
will provide the weapons (pistol, shotgun and rifle) along with the ammunition
for those that want to shoot.
On Thursday certification classes will be held at the
events center. Some of the courses will concentrate on land use, planning
and zoning, road construction, transportation master plans, irrigation water
management and pesticide application.
That evening many conference attendees will be able
to attend a dinner and entertainment at the Castle Valley Ranch. Entertainment
will be provided by cowboy poets Val Carter and Brenda "Sam" Deleeuw.
On Friday the emphasis switches to general sessions,
keynote addresses and workshops back at the Carbon County Events Center.
Breakfast and registration will take place from 7-8
a.m. with keynote breakfast speaker Scott Hirschi, the economic development
director of Washington County doing the honors.
Hirschi, a native of St. George has witnessed that area
transform from a small, isolated farming community to the fastest growing
MSA in the entire nation. An active entrepreneur for the first 20 years
after his formal education, he later worked for a United States congressman
and served as a county commissioner. Those two experiences helped him shepherd
the creation of a habitat conservation plan designed to protect the environment
of Washington County while allowing for continued expansion of its economy.
After serving as the first director of the Utah School and Institutional
Trust Lands Administration, Scott was asked to direct the activities of
the Washington County Utah Economic Development Council, a post he has held
for the past 11 years.
Breakout sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. with such
classes as Fields of Dreams-How to Profit From Small Fruit and Vegetable
Production, Ratcheting Up Marketing 101, and Building a Healthy Community.
From 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. sessions will include
Bee a Beekeeper, Business Innovation: Technical and Financial Assistance
and Brand and the Economics of Tourism.
At the noon breakout sessions the offerings will include
Great Alternatives to Feeding Livestock through the Winter, Sources of Capital
and WTEC: What is in the Future.
In between all sessions there will be dozens of booths
and vendors for attendees to visit to get information and services and products.
The day will end with a luncheon keynote address by Kristen Cox. She
is currently serving as Utah State Executive Director of Workforce Services.
Cox was born in Bellevue, Wash. While growing up in Utah, Cox gradually
lost most of her vision starting about age 11 due to a degenerative genetic
condition caused by "a rare recessive trait," (Stargardt's disease),
so she had to use a white cane for walking.
She attended Brigham Young University, where she had to memorize everything
because she had not yet learned Braille. Cox received her B.A. in educational
psychology with a certificate in special education in 1995. After graduation,
Cox went to work for the Utah chapter of the National Federation of the
Blind. In 1998 Cox moved to Baltimore to become Assistant Director of Governmental
Affairs for the national organization.
In 2001 she was appointed by President George W. Bush
as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration
in the U.S. Department of Education "where she helped developed national
initiatives to promote the employment and independence of individuals with
She joined the Ehrlich administration in 2003 as director
of the office for individuals with disabilities. On July 1, 2004 she was
confirmed by the Maryland State Senate as secretary of the nation's first
cabinet level Department of Disabilities.
Also included throughout the days program will be five
minute intervals where local business leaders will get a chance to talk
about their businesses and their operations.
For more information about the conference contact Jo Sanservero at 435-384-2648
or Dorothy Carter at 435-636-2820.