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Get the latest information on Utah's economy with the current issue of Trendlines magazine from the Department of Workforce Services.

The 2010 Convention is scheduled for June 9-12 in St. George, Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bill today: HB 39, Dunnigan - "Insurance Related Amendments"

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, has authorized all state agencies to lower the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Saturday, March 6, 2010.  The flags shall be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on March 6, 2010 to honor Lance Corporal Carlos A. Aragon.  Lance Corporal Aragon, 19, died March 1 while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

Youth Education gives you endless possibilities to meet new friends, explore your interests, develop your talents, and make a name for yourself. Discover a world of art, music, science, sports, photography, computers, and more!

Federal funding for energy-related projects has exploded, providing Utah opportunities to leverage existing strengths and create jobs in the new energy economy. Through the end of 2009, USTAR's Technology Outreach team coordinated and supported $1.1 billion in grant applications, for USTAR and non-USTAR entities. Utah-supported applicants have won more than $40 million in new research funding so far, with an additional $450 million pending.

The Governor's Utah Economic Summit will be held Monday, March 29, 2010. We are excited to add the Student Business Summit as part of this event. The Student Business Summit will feature keynote speakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and experts in their field.

Amy Clay came to the Career and Networking Fair, held Tuesday at Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, looking for one thing: a job. Clay has been out of work since August after 10 years doing medical transcription work. "I'm keeping my options open," she said about her job search. "I'm considering school. I'm reaching my 40s, so if I'm going to (change careers), this is the time." She said she received good information and saw several job prospects at the fair.

Tundra Swan Day, March 13

Wed, 03 Mar 2010

The Division of Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host Utah's annual Tundra Swan Day on March 13, 2010. Admission is free. Viewing will take place at three sites?the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area west of Farmington, the Salt Creek WMA west of Corinne and the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge west of Brigham City.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement today regarding the death of Lance Corporal Carlos A. Aragon.

Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Steven Holcomb of Park City ended Team USA?s 62-year gold medal drought in Olympic bobsled by driving to victory in the four-man event Feb. 27 at Whistler Sliding Centre.

The seminar is hosted by the Bridgerland Applied Technology College in Brigham City on March 17th.

This newsletter provides an update on the economies of Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.

Skyline High School is producing EagleNest TV where they are using YouTube to put school news online.

A unanimous preliminary vote in the Senate on Friday puts the College of Eastern Utah one step closer to a proposed affiliation with Utah State University. SB69, sponsored by Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, puts the care of the two-year community college, which has struggled with enrollment numbers and finances, under the authority of the research institution in Logan, however, with a chancellor at the helm.

The UDWR, the Department of Natural Resources and Utah State University Extension have worked to engage local communities and land owners in implementing conservation actions identified in the plan to conserve the Gunnison and greater sage-grouse species and their natural habitats.

Through a scientific examination of the scholarly output of universities on the Web, the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities places the University of Utah at 48th best out of more than 18,000 others worldwide. That's an improvement of eight spots from the previous ranking.

A group of Weber State University students have received a grant from NASA to do some light dusting ? of the stratosphere. WSU's High Altitude Reconnaissance Balloon for Outreach and Research team has received a $25,000 grant from NASA to monitor atmospheric dust over the Wasatch Front. In particular, the researchers are trying to learn more about stratospheric aerosols, an important but poorly understood aspect of Earth's climate.

An outdoor fair for kids

Mon, 01 Mar 2010

Kids can catch fish, learn about predators and find out how to ride an ATV safely at this year's DNR Youth Outdoor Sports Fair. The sports fair is part of the upcoming International Sportsmen's Exposition. The expo will be held March 18 to March 21,2010 at the South Towne Exposition Center, 9575 S. State in Sandy. The cost to attend the exposition, which includes the youth fair, is $12 for adults. Kids 15 years of age or younger can attend for free.

The International Trade and Diplomacy Office (ITDO) of the Governor?s Office of Economic Development is pleased with its 2009 year-end commodity export figures as announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Utah companies exported over $10.3 billion in 2009 which equaled their export dollars from 2008.

Production agriculture and the agricultural processing and manufacturing sectors are important elements of the economy in the state of Utah. These economic sectors contribute jobs, income, fiscal revenues, and quality of life to not only rural regions of the state, but also to its more urbanized regions. The agricultural processing sector and the production agriculture sector together account for $15.2 billion in total economic output in Utah after adjusting for multiplier effects.

 Utah's first business incubator focused on IT and renewable energy opened its doors in mid-January near the campus of Dixie State College in St. George. A collaborative effort spearheaded by USTAR, the Southern Utah Information Technology and Renewable Energy Incubator (ITRE) helps Utah join several other states and cities investing in the start-up of new businesses focused on high technology, green technology and alternative energy.

The progress that Utah scientists are making on carbon sequestration is a key reason an international group of geological storage modeling experts met at the University of Utah February 15-18, 2010. The 2nd annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) conference of the International Energy Agency (IEA) attracted more than 60 practitioners from around the world.

Bacterial pneumonia, which has been raising havoc with bighorn sheep herds in other Western states, has found another set of victims on Goslin Mountain in northeastern Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - Planned shipments of depleted uranium from the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site will not be shipped to Utah under an agreement negotiated Monday by Governor Gary R. Herbert.

SALT LAKE CITY - After careful deliberation and thorough legal review, Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed SB11, "Utah State-Made Firearms Protection Act." In making his decision, the Governor weighed the constitutional aspects of the bill with its fiscal impact on Utah taxpayers.

Science Unwrapped is a free, monthly presentation series, open to the public, hosted by Utah State University's College of Science. 

A team of paleontologists from Dinosaur National Monument, Brigham Young University, and the University of Michigan has announced the discovery of a new, large, plant-eating dinosaur, Abydosaurus mcintoshi, (pronounced Ab-id-o-saurus mak-in-toshi). The discovery is described this week in the on-line first section of the science journal Naturwissenschaften.

A just-released map presents southwestern Utah?s geology in unprecedented detail. There is also an innovative 3-D version of the map and a virtual field trip for online viewing.

Launched in October 2009, the BioInnovations Gateway (BiG) blends Utah's 21st Century Workforce Initiative with technology economic development. Supporting up to seven start-up companies and student interns, BiG is an effective collaboration between GOED, Granite School District, Salt Lake Community College, and USTAR.

Members of Utah State University's Speech and Debate Team were honored Feb. 16 at the state capitol during sessions in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The activity was part of the legislature?s effort to acknowledge top programs and accomplishments, including first place rankings in the state.

"The 2010 Census is extremely important to Utah's future. A complete count of all Utahns impacts so many things, from our representation in Congress to the allocation of federal dollars for programs that benefit us in many ways. The responsibility of ensuring the most complete and accurate count in the 2010 Census lies with every Utahn." - -Governor Gary R. Herbert

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The conference is scheduled for June 16-17 at Westlake High School.  Call for Presenters due April 9, 2010.

The Utah Health Exchange announced the launch of a new pilot program designed to admit large employer groups into the Exchange earlier than originally anticipated. The Utah Health Exchange was not scheduled to admit large employer groups for testing until fall of 2011. However, Utah House Speaker David Clark included a provision in his most recent health system reform bill authorizing the Office of Consumer Health Services to initiate a pilot project for large employer groups.

Join the Park Naturalist from 10 a.m. to noon to learn more about the lives of local wildlife. Program is free and everyone is welcome. Plan on spending some time outdoors. Snowshoes are available for rent if needed. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

Even if you're not going to hunt big game in Utah this fall, you can increase the chance you'll be chasing big game in the future by applying for a bonus point or a preference point. You can apply for a point at wildlife.utah.gov until 11 p.m. on March 8.

As many at 10,000 snow geese congregate each year at Gunnison Bend Reservoir near Delta. The annual Delta Snow Goose Festival attracts hundreds of people each year to see these pure white geese with black wing tips. This year the DWR will set up a camera at the festival and feed live video of the birds over the Internet.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert will take action against an internal Interior Department document that indicates the federal agency is considering designating two areas in Utah as national monuments.

The University of Utah now is ranked first in the country along with MIT in creating new startup companies from research-based inventions. This puts the University of Utah in front of prestigious institutions such as Columbia, Michigan and Johns Hopkins. The accomplishment is based on the latest survey by the Association of University Technology Managers, which ranks over 150 public and private research institutions throughout the country.

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