Cox headlines Canyonlands Business Summit in Moab

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox was the keynote speaker at last week’s Canyonlands Business Summit. He spoke about his experience commuting over an hour to the state capital and the benefits that the state has reaped from an initiative to allow more employees to work from home. Photo by Carter Pape

Last week, Grand County hosted businesses from across southeastern Utah, including San Juan County for the first time, at its annual business summit now called the Canyonlands Business Summit for a day of updates on the local economy, talks from local business leaders and networking.
Utah Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Spencer Cox gave the keynote address; U.S. Rep. John Curtis, R-Provo, also attended and spoke at the event; and Grand County Community and Economic Development Director Zacharia Levine updated the business community on the state of the local economy.

The business summit hosted many panel discussions and talks on various topics, from company branding to updates on the progress of the new Utah State University Moab campus. USU Vice Provost Rich Etchberger announced that the university was hoping to break ground on the new campus in June and was planning to design the new campus to be the university’s most energy efficient.

Following the business summit, local entrepreneurs met up at 98 Center Street for a networking event, the first as part of a new county program called the Grand Area Innovation Network. Levine said he is hoping the program contributes to “developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in our community.”