For Immediate Release
January 15, 2016
Marketing & Communications Director
World Trade Center Utah
Gov. Jon Huntsman Returns to Utah as Keynote Speaker for WTC Utah’s 10 Year Anniversary
Event looks at successes of the last 10 years and establishes goals for the next 10
Salt Lake City –The year 2016 marks 10 years since Governor Jon Huntsman called for the creation of World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah). To celebrate the successes achieved, Gov. Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China and former presidential candidate, is returning to the state to be the keynote speaker at the 10 Year Anniversary Thought Leader Symposium on Jan. 20.
“In my time as Governor I traveled the world on trade missions to help connect Utah companies to global opportunities. I noticed that most major cities had World Trade Centers and I wanted Utah to have the benefit of being part of an expansive, international network,” said Gov. Jon Huntsman. “The successes that have been achieved by World Trade Center Utah make me proud to have the organization as part of my legacy.”
In his remarks, Gov. Huntsman will address current events that impact Utah businesses, such as the stock market trouble in China and the upcoming presidential election. He will also talk about what Utah companies can do to manage international business risks and succeed in the global economy.
“WTC Utah is pleased to welcome to our inaugural Thought Leader Symposium Gov. Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China and one of the key founders of WTC Utah,” said Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of WTC Utah. “International business matters to Utahns because it has a significant impact on the economy. In 2014 Utah exported $12.3 billion worth of goods to 202 countries. This represented about 2.8 percent of the state’s GDP.”
The 10 Year Anniversary Thought Leader Symposium will run from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at The Grand America Hotel. The symposium will mark the first in a new series of Thought Leader Symposia WTC Utah is launching quarterly designed to provide Utah businesses with an opportunity to learn from international experts. More than 250 business and community leaders, including Gov. Gary R. Herbert, will be in attendance on Jan. 20.
“World Trade Center Utah has a multiplier effect on our economy as it helps Utah companies grow internationally,” Gov. Gary R. Herbert said. “During the last 10 years, we have seen other states’ economies shaken by the recession. Utah, while not immune to economic downturn, has risen from these hardships and is stronger because we are always looking to diversify our products and expand to new international markets.”
The mission of WTC Utah is to help Utah companies think, act and succeed globally. As the statewide voice of international business, WTC Utah facilitates economic growth through increased exports and international awareness for Utah’s companies.
WTC Utah helps guide Utah companies into profitable global markets by offering signature services such as assessment of a company’s current global position or international strategy, education in the form of seminars and workshops to help develop global strategy and connections through the World Trade Center network and co-hosted local events.
Governor Jon Huntsman will be the keynote speaker at World Trade Center Utah’s 10 Year Anniversary Thought Leader Symposium on Jan. 20 at The Grand America Hotel.
About World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah)
The mission of World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) is to help Utah companies think, act and succeed globally. WTC Utah accomplishes this mission through three key objectives. First is to motivate and educate Utah businesses to expand their global presence through training seminars, regional forums and newsletters focused on international business development, trade issues and export opportunities. Second is to build capacity of Utah businesses for international trade through B2B consultations to identify expansion goals, assess current capabilities, determine overseas opportunities and connect companies with market experts and potential partners. Third is to expand global network of Utah businesses through trade missions and networking with foreign trade officials.
World Trade Center Utah is a 501 (c)-6 non-profit organization that was founded in 2006 and became an official member of the World Trade Center Association on April 21, 2007. WTC Utah is a licensed and certified member of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA). Headquartered in New York City, WTCA is comprised of a network of more than 300 World Trade Centers around the world that facilitates international trade and investment in more than 100 countries.