The Salt Lake Chamber and U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation in collaboration with the Utah Technology Council co-hosted an event this past week to highlight the different forms of innovation bringing opportunity, talent, jobs and growth to the Salt Lake area and throughout the state.

a-discussion-on-utahs-technology-and-innovation-sector_29245979925_oCongressman Jason Chaffetz and Governor Gary Herbert kicked off the event discussing policy efforts made at the state and federal level to promote innovation in both public and private sectors.

The event also featured a panel of local business leaders from an array of sectors, which shared how new and emerging technologies such as data analytics, technology interoperability, data-driven innovations, and other cutting edge breakthroughs are changing lives, industries and Utah’s economy for the better.

The panel included: Vance Checketts, Vice President of Utah Operation, EMC Corporation; Brad Daw, Computer Scientist Software Development, Adobe; Jonathon Johnson, Chairman, Overstock;Fred Lampropoulous, Chairman and CEO, Merit Medical Systems; Daniel Shapiro, Office of the President, eBay; and  Randy W. Shumway, CEO, The Cicero Group.

These industry experts shared their experiences on what makes Utah an innovation hub. Key to this has been our state’s collaborative nature, as well as its pro-business environment. The state is gaining momentum and gaining a namesake for low cost of living, unparalleled quality of life and a burgeoning innovation ecosystem.

29137741872_155afe5fcb_kSome interesting highlights included Fred Lampropoulous, of Merit Medical Systems, discussing efforts to enhance employee environment and provide an opportunity to learn while they serve the company. Daniel Shapiro, of eBay, recognized the relevance of innovative companies as Ebay has provided an outlet for small business sellers to go international.

Despite Utah’s positive attributes, the discussion among contributors brought to focus that although Utah has been fortunate to develop their nationally recognized Silicon Slopes —we can still do better. The event’s discourse encompassed the need to prioritize our workforce and supporting STEM careers to strengthen existing industry and growth of innovative industries to come.

The event allowed attendees to recognize the relevance of technology and innovation focused industries and their impact in supporting our state’s economy. The Salt Lake Chamber is continuing its efforts to further innovation, workforce, and entrepreneurship to maintain Utah’s unique placement for years to come.

We encourage you to stay engaged with the Chamber and get updates on policy developments concerning innovation and technology within the State.

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