For Immediate Release
January 20, 2016
Marketing & Communications Director
World Trade Center Utah
More Than 250 Business Leaders Gathered to Listen to Gov. Huntsman at WTC Utah’s 10 Year Anniversary
WTC Utah sets goal for the state to double exports in the next 10 years at event on Jan. 20
Salt Lake City – Gov. Jon Huntsman addressed more than 250 Utah business and community leaders today at World Trade Center Utah’s (WTC Utah’s) 10 Year Anniversary at The Grand America Hotel. In addition to Gov. Huntsman’s remarks, two major announcements were made: a new goal for state exports and the decision by WTC Utah to partner with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute to begin a study on the creation of an inland port in Utah.
“We doubled exports over the last 10 years and have set the goal to do it again. I believe doubling exports will be necessary to maintain Utah’s stellar economic growth and create jobs for Utah’s burgeoning population,” said Derek B. Miller, WTC Utah president and CEO. “Having an inland port would be a game changer, which is why we have decided to take a closer look at the reality of doing that.”
In his remarks, Gov. Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China and former presidential candidate, expressed his delight that WTC Utah is accomplishing precisely what he envisioned when he called for the creation of the organization a decade ago.
“World Trade Center Utah takes the state to a new level in terms of its ability to compete internationally. It is an important asset.” said Gov. Huntsman.
Today’s event marked 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. Governor Huntsman talked about U.S. China relations and the economic outlook for the nation.
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.
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.