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SALT LAKE CITY-As NASA's 1-ton, unmanned Curiosity rover intelligently traverses Mars, Governor Gary R. Herbert is encouraging unmanned vehicle businesses and entrepreneurs to navigate their way to Utah, bringing jobs and opportunity with them.

The Governor is scheduled to address senior business and governmental leaders during the Unmanned Vehicle Conference in Las Vegas today to promote Utah's strengths and opportunities in this burgeoning sector of the local economy.

"We enthusiastically invite unmanned systems companies to call Utah home," Governor Herbert said. "As our economy expands, it is widely known that Utah offers the quality of life, educated workforce, and business-friendly environment that cutting edge companies need to thrive."

Utah is aggressively focused on being the nation's top state for job creation and economic growth. The Governor is working to meet his goal of helping grow 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days and the unmanned system sector offers significantly higher average wages.

"There's an existing cadre of innovative companies here, such as L-3 Communications, Hexcel, Lockheed Martin, Flying Sensors, and ImSar," Governor Herbert said. "And stay tuned. There's more to come."

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