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Based on construction survey research, interviews with local government and economic development staff, and meetings with business leaders in your community, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has pooled a wealth of knowledge and resources to provide you with a concise, reader-friendly guide to help you prepare your business for transportation construction projects.

Now in its 13th year, the Washington County Economic Summit has the reputation of being the premier business planning event of southern Utah. The Summit has come to be known as "What's Up Down South," after its most popular session, the rapid fire bullet-point presentations of future projects that will impact the economy of Washington County for the next 18 months.

Governor Gary R. Herbert and the State Science Advisor along with the State Advisory Council on Science and Technology have announced the winners of the Governor's Science Medals for 2009.

Historically these medals are awarded to individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to the furthering of scientific knowledge, education and industry in Utah and the nation.

The annual Governor's Utah Economic Summit will again set the foundation for the outlook and forecast for Utah in 2010 and beyond. Respected leaders from across the state will discuss the opportunities and threats to businesses across the state. The Utah economy is poised for renewed growth. Register now for the Governor's 2010 Utah Economic Summit.

The Department of Commerce enables Utah’s economy, business, and citizens to grow and prosper.  The Department issues over 300,000 licenses and regulates hundreds of industries.

Please join us for Part II of the 9 Essential Steps of Successful International Networking. Part II will focus on how to implement the 9 Steps in specific cultural regions. Presenters with cultural experience from around the globe will share essential steps of successful international networking. Presenters will also introduce networking tools specific to each region that can be used to effectively and systematically network in each region.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board announced the expansion of the Utah operations for Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMSI).  This expansion will add an estimated 392 new jobs, paying $95 million in wages over the next ten years.

The second annual Milford Renewable Energy Fair is scheduled for April 29, 2010. It will be held at the Milford High School in Milford, UT. USTAR is a sponsor and will exhibit at the event.

In an effort to bring innovative new technologies to market from Utah’s regional public colleges and universities, USTAR has launched the Technology Commercialization Grant program. With a typical award size of $30,000, these grants will assist faculty to prototype, test, assess markets, and commercialize new products and services in high-growth markets.

Known for its leadership in life-sciences innovation, Utah is launching one of the first projects of its kind in the nation. The BioInnovations Gateway is an incubator for emerging biotech and medical device companies.

The Utah State Energy Program (USEP) is making a little more than $8.5 million of the EECBG money available to local governments for energy efficiency retrofits and on-site renewable energy systems for municipal-owned buildings, as well as for energy efficient traffic and street lighting.

Latest disciplinary actions taken by DOPL.

The Utah State Energy Program (USEP) has announced the recipients of grants using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The grants were awarded in two different categories

Mexico provides great opportunities for Utah Businesses.  This seminar will educate Utah companies on how to best approach the Mexican market given the current economic situation.

The Leonardo and USTAR will host their first Leonardo After Hours event titled "Cashing in on Green (Energy" The event will run Dec. 8th from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Olive Bistro, 50 West 200 South, SLC.

USTAR 2009 Research Recap

Wed, 18 Nov 2009

From 2008 to 2009 the University of Utah experienced 16 percent growth overall in research awards ($306 million to $355 million), an impressive performance in a very tough economy for funding. Perhaps even more impressive is that USTAR faculty accounted for 27 percent of this growth, or $13.3 million in awards in FY2009.

Friday October 30, World Trade Center Utah, Salt Lake Chamber and GOED hosted His Excellency Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarredo Ambassador to the United States for Spain. The Ambassador met with Utah business leaders including Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon, Executive Director of the GOED Mr. Spencer P. Eccles, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Chamber Mr. Jake Boyer, President of the World Trade Center Utah Mr. Lew Cramer, and representatives from local universities.

Last Tuesday, the BioInnovations Gateway (BiG) facility was launched as an incubator "for emerging biotech and medical device companies, a high-tech training facility for the next generation of bio-innovators, and a contract research resource for Utah's life- science industry." What makes BiG unique is that it provides the platform for bringing together the state's USTAR program for scientific innovation and actually preparing students for jobs to be created.

Twenty-three companies were launched from new technologies developed at the university within the last year. The companies not only move research forward through the licensing royalty revenue they bring in, but they provide jobs for the people of Utah and help to strengthen the economy of the state.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Friday that Utah does well in starting high tech companies that are key to the state's economic future but has trouble keeping them going and growing them fast enough.

At Salt Lake City's Grand America Hotel to address the Utah Technology Council's Hall of Fame dinner, the head of perhaps the world's leading technology company said there are things the state should do to help start and nurture high tech businesses.

This Industry Day will present information about the upcoming Utah Data Center program and the anticipated acquisition strategy at Camp Williams, Utah.

To acknowledge the Utah Technology Council (UTC's) 11th annual Hall of Fame celebration this Friday, October 23, 2009 Governor Gary R. Herbert declared the week of October 18-24, 2009 Technology Hall of Fame Week in Utah..

A new publication is now available for career planning, or just finding a job –the new Career Guide, from the Department of Workforce Services. The publication is packed with helpful advice on how to assess skills, personality and interests. This publication is for anyone who has finished high school no matter what age or training level.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that most workers will change occupations several times during their work lives. Yes, you will probably move on to bigger and better things. You might decide you hate your current occupation and want to do something else. Or, you might lose a job through no fault of your own during a recession. Remember that saying “constant change is the only constant?” In the labor market, change is inevitable.

Unemployment is rising in northern Utah.  Get the latest data for northern Utah in this report.

The Business Development Board of The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) met last week to expand an incentive offer made previously to Goldman Sachs. The increased incentive is based on the company’s decision to nearly double the number of jobs it is considering adding to an existing regional office based in Salt Lake City.

Subjects focused on topics designed to assist Utah Small Businesses expand marketing to include Government Contracts (Federal / State / Local Government) Register at: http://registerat.com/reg/ptac2009/

USTAR is adding to its array of social media tools with the launch of a blog and new media site, innovationutahblog.com. Director Ted McAleer says, "There will be depth and variety to what we’ll highlight at this new site."

In an increasingly globalizing world, how can business people strengthen their international networks? Register now for this workshop scheduled for September 9th.

Thanks to advancements in USTAR funding at Utah State University, emergency responders will make better decisions in natural disasters, doctors will more quickly diagnose diseases in farm animals before they spread, and “green” planners will reduce kilowatts of electricity inefficiently spent to light, heat and maintain Utah’s commercial buildings.

Clean Utah! seeks to reward those who are willing to go beyond what is required by rule or statute to prevent or reduce pollution.

The first-stage rocket motor that US space agency (Nasa) hopes will launch astronauts in future undergoes its first full-scale test on Thursday. The static firing will take place at a facility owned by manufacturer Alliant Techsystems Inc (ATK) in Utah.

The Utah Labor Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Division announces THE 2009 MATERIAL HANDLING INSPECTION EMPHASIS INITIATIVE named "Big M Phase I", at retail and wholesale establishments beginning September 1, 2009. This initiative for material handling safety is designed to help identify and eliminate hazards associated with the major causes of fatalities, accidents, and injuries in that sector of the Utah industry, caused by crushing and caught in between incidents.

“It is natural in tough economic times, for individuals and companies to look for the most secure and stable environment
in which to invest their time, effort, and financial resources. Companies looking for just such a location can find it along the Wasatch Front and throughout the State of Utah.”

-Jason Perry, Governor's Office of Economic Development

USTAR has a new blog where you can get recent reports on innovation news.  While you're there, you can also visit other social media sources for innovation Utah, including Twitter and Facebook!

The Utah Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a partnership of the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) and Utah colleges and universities around the state, with funding in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced today that Deanna D. Sabey has been appointed as the new Director of Utah Division of Real Estate (DRE) to become effective on August 25, 2009.

This webcast on July 30th by the Governor's Office for Economic Development presents information on grant and loan opportunities as well as other types of stimulus funding programs available in Utah.

The State of Utah is building and maintaining facilities throughout the state.  See the latest construction project list.

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