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Utah’s nonfarm wage and salaried job count for December 2012, as generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), expanded by 2.9 percent compared against the employment level for December 2011. This is a 12-month increase of 35,800 jobs and raises total wage and salary employment to 1,270,400.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, USTAR, the Leonardo and the Canadian Consulate in Denver are co-hosting an event aimed to spur discussion in the digital media community. Two Utah-based and two Canadian companies will participate in a panel discussion of transmedia to be held at the Leonardo on Friday, January 18th.

“Asian Political Involvement and Striving for Their Rights” will be the topic of the keynote speaker, Weber State University Professor Huiying Wei-Arthus, at the upcoming Sixth Annual Convention of the Chinese Association for Science & Technology in Utah (CAST-UT) on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

The 2013 Governor’s Energy Development Summit: Advancing our Energy Future, will explore many issues in the field of energy. The summit will discuss the expansion, evolution, and influence of energy and facilitate discussion of Utah’s unique energy resources and related development.

Utah’s exports to Europe more than doubled over the last five years with an increase of 29% in 2011

Governor Gary R. Herbert along with the State Science Advisor and the State Advisory Council on Science and Technology announced today the 2012 winners of the Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology.

Employment losses had accumulated through 2010, followed by a middling Utah employment expansion beginning in 2011. In 2012 it rose above mediocre, as employment gains moved above 3.0 percent.

Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced today that effective immediately Thomas A. Brady has been selected as the new Deputy Director of the Utah Department of Commerce.

Under the Sheep Wash proposal, Gasco Production Company would create new surface disturbance of only three acres while drilling one new well. Additional information about the proposed project is included in the EA, which is now available for public review and comment.

Last week EDCUtah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, announced three major project wins that will add 819 new jobs – many of them high-tech – to Utah's economy.

GOED is working with the U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce to invite you to a special evening event in Las Vegas on January 8 or 9, 2013, for Utah IT and software companies. This event takes place during the Consumer Electronics Show, but is not affiliated with CES.

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Wed, 19 Dec 2012

Businesses, such as Intermountain Healthcare (IHC), who use raw materials, energy, water, and other natural resources more efficiently are realizing significant money savings and reduced regulatory obligations. DEQ's BizHelp program can show you how.

While many associate the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative with recently dedicated buildings on university campuses and world-class researchers, USTAR also has reach throughout the state with its Go-To-Market grant program. The grants focus on bringing innovative new technologies to market in partnership with Utah’s public universities and colleges.

Utah’s Information Technology and Software industry is thriving, and with the assistance of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development incentive program, Instructure, Inc., announced today that it will expand in Utah.

A pair of reports released Thursday underscore the threats to winter tourist economies in states like Utah because of climate change. And one of the reports notes that 2012 was the most extreme weather year on record and on pace to be hottest in U.S. history.

Only half of Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 years held jobs in 2011, the lowest employment rate in this age group since World War II.

On December 14, the Leonardo in Salt Lake City and the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) will host a Leonardo After Hours event, Rise of the Drones: The questions and possibilities.

The Utah Digital Media Cluster Acceleration Partnership Strategy defines a specific course of action to sustain and grow this vital industry cluster in the state of Utah.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services and Ogden/Weber Technology College will be hosting a job fair on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Ogden/Weber Technology College, 200 North Washington Blvd. in Ogden, Utah from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

This information provides basic compliance guidance on the Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. It is not intended to be a substitute for these regulations.

Utah is full of creative people. After all, the first artificial heart was developed here, and Utah born Philo Farnsworth invented the TV. But for many inventors it's difficult to find money to create or test prototypes, says Ted McAleer. Check out this story about USTAR and innovation on KCPW.

Utah homeowners have received $152,992,578 in mortgage loan relief so far under the national mortgage settlement. Attorney General Mark Shurtleff made the announcement today after the progress report came out from the National Mortgage Settlement Monitor that shows 2,491 Utah borrowers received relief during the past seven months.

Smart people are thinking up innovative technology-based concepts every day. That’s the easy part. Securing funding to develop an idea is where it gets hard. Luckily for Utah small businesses, there’s help to make your idea more competitive.

In the Castle Country Economic Service Area (comprised of Emery and Carbon counties), for example, 82 percent of private sector employers are small firms. Thirteen percent are mid-size firms and five percent are large firms.

Hosted in Utah & sponsored by Grow Utah Ventures, the Governors Office or Economic Development and Zions Bank, this multi-day event consists of panels, tutorials, university showcases, industry career exchange, workshops, and best-practices from successful industry leaders.

This October 30, 2012 publication includes information about companies and individuals that have been fined for deceptive business practices.

Expanding natural gas and oil drilling in the Uintah Basin is resulting in new requests for electric service from Rocky Mountain Power. The potential demand of these customers could triple the need for electricity in the area.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Utah District Office is seeking nominations for the Small Business Week Awards for 2013.

Five Utah-based companies were announced winners on Oct. 10 at Utah Valley University (UVU), who co-sponsored the competition. These included the creators of Chess Trap, Cape Chronicles, Neb Jones: and the Ruins of Ouroboros, ChatFi and Live Gaming.

A $400,000 appropriation from the U.S. Department of Labor is helping Southern Utah University’s Business Resource Center and the Southwest Applied Technology College (ATC) educate the public while training the workforce and laying the groundwork for regional economic development in renewable energy.

Alex Lawrence, Startup Weekend organizer and WSU vice provost for Innovation & Economic Development, says Startup Weekend is an international event with 330 competitions being held around the world. “With big sponsors like Google and Microsoft, the Ogden event is expected to draw a large crowd,” Lawrence said.

“As technology advances and the stock markets rise and fall, senior investors remain prime targets for investment fraud,” stated Francine A. Giani, “Make sure your money is safe and sound by reviewing any investment offer and a professional’s license with our Division of Securities.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal Field Office (VFO) is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of the proposed Six Wells from Six Existing Well Pads project in Uintah County.

The actions result from a UDFI and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) examination, in which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) joined last year. The CFPB, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the UDFI, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System all took separate actions against various entities related to AECB and its parent companies

A new website launching on October 22, Explore Utah Science – www.exploreutahscience.org – will highlight statewide science related news and information, including advances in health, technology, energy, environment, and space.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

Based on best practices of other states in technology economic development, USTAR has built on unique Utah strengths to forge a new national benchmark in innovation and growth.

Gurkan Suzer, Commercial Attaché with the Office of The Commercial Attaché of the Consulate General of Turkey in Los Angeles, will be on hand to promote Turkish business opportunities.

The Dept of Workforce Services has announced winners of the 2012 Utah Work/Life Awards™.  Recognized nationally for a rigorous evaluation process, the Award is Utah’s premier workplace excellence award.

Rocky Mountain power customer rates will be going up on October 12, 2012. The rate change includes the increase approved by the Public Service Commission in the last general rate case and the implementation of a new Solar Incentive Program. Residential, Large Commercial and Irrigation customers will see an increase of 6.37%. Small and Large Commercial customers will see an increase of 5.37%.

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