ECONOMIC SUMMIT
January 13, 2022

ECONOMIC SUMMIT
January 13, 2022

Join us at the Summit - January 13th, 2022

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WHAT'S UP DOWN SOUTH ECONOMIC SUMMIT

St. George Area Economic Development is proud to present our 26th Annual “What’s Up Down South” Economic Summit. Join us on Thursday, January 13, 2022 for Southern Utah’s largest business gathering. This event is designed to provide you with all the business information you need to help plan for the year ahead. The summit includes inspirational keynote speakers, informational breakout sessions led by industry experts, and valuable information to keep you up-to-date on “What is Up Down South” in Utah.

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SUMMIT SCHEDULE

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Summit Registration/Buffet Breakfast

Croissant Breakfast Sandwhich, Fruit/Bagel & Cream Cheese

1 Hour

Ballroom

Opening Remarks

Stephen Lisonbee Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs

15 Minutes

Ballroom

Keynote #1 – RAM Aviation, Space & Defense

Ram Company RAM Aviation, Space & Defense Supporting Growth despite Covid and Limited Resources

Our economy and population in Southern Utah continues to grow, while resources and employees become more scarce. How do we as business owners ensure we support the growing demand for products and services with limited or reduced employees and while complying with Covid requirements.

20 Minutes

Ballroom

Keynote #2 – Tech Ridge

Tech Ridge Isaac Barlow

20 Minutes

Ballroom

Keynote #3 – Water for Economic Stability

General Manager of Washington County Water Conservancy District, Zach Renstrom

Water for Economic Stability

Water provides the foundation for economic growth. Join us for a discussion on how Washington County is planning water resources for our rapidly growing desert community.

40 Minutes

Ballroom

Break

15 Minutes

Breakout Session: Residential Real Estate in Washington County

Vardell Curtis WCBR (Retired)/Emily Merkley Chief Executive Office-WCBR

55 Minutes

Sunbrook A&B 280

Breakout Session: Housing for Economic Stability

Shirlayne Quayle & Amber Williams PANEL DISCUSSION

How is our community working together to close Washington County's attainable housing gap, with the goal that residents of all ages and income levels have adequate, affordable (i.e. ATTAINABLE) housing? Hosted by the Housing Action Coalition (HAC), this panel will share research, trends, impacts, and solutions being collaboratively implemented in southern Utah.

55 Minutes

Sunbrook C 140

Breakout Sessions: Leading High Performance Teams

Win Jeanfreau, Impact Utah Developing and maintaining high performance teams is THE competitive advantage of the most successful companies. Learn how to create and sustain your own high performing teams, and derive the attendant benefits of greater employee engagement, higher quality output, and lower turnover.

55 Minutes

Entrada A 140

Breakout Sessions: The Huntsman Senior Games-What’s in it for me?

Kyle Case, Huntsman World Senior Games

The Huntsman World Senior Games is the largest annual multi-sport event in the world for athletes ages 50 and better. Best of all, it takes place each year here in Great Zion. Learn all about the Games, how it benefits the area, and how you can connect with Games and the more than 11,000 athletes who compete each year.

55 Minutes

Entrada B&C 275

Breakout Sessions: Attracting and Retaining Employees in Today’s Labor Market

Moderator, David Busk

PANEL DISCUSSION

In today's unprecedented tight labor market attracting and retaining employees can be a real challenge.  Join us for a panel discussion with area employers who are working to change their status quo and seeing success in attracting and retaining employees.

55 Minutes

Auditorium 178

Break

15 Minutes

Breakout Sessions: Future of Commercial Real Estate in Southern Utah

Jon Walter, NAI
Join leading experts at NAI Excel in the discussion of projects, trends, and economic factors shaping the future of commercial real estate in Southern Utah. 

50 Minutes

Sunbrook A&B 280

Breakout Sessions: Champion Makers – How Iconic Events Make Winners Of Us All

Kevin Lewis, Greater Zion

The Greater Zion area is on a premier stage like never before. Over a span of 13 months, the communities here will host three world championship endurance events including the IRONMAN World Championship and two IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. The IRONMAN World Championship is the longest running, most iconic endurance event in the world and St. George will be the first destination outside of Hawaii to host it. Leaders have said this will be the most globally significant event to take place in Utah since the 2002 Winter Olympics. This speaks volumes about the kind of destination we have become. Much like what the Winter Olympics did for northern Utah in 2002, hosting three back-to-back world championships will showcase the qualities of the area, demonstrate the capabilities of our people, and strengthen the fundamental economic value of our communities in an unrivaled way. Through events like these, the area gains credibility and respect from business owners and leaders throughout the world. This “street cred” enhances the economic development opportunities for business sectors far beyond tourism, sports and hospitality. This session will showcase the value and opportunities these events bring and explore the far-reaching benefits to the overall economic development efforts in the area.

50 Minutes

Sunbrook C 140

Breakout Sessions: Cyber Security

John McGloughlin, GuardSight A cyber threat actor just launched a successful attack on your business. How will your team respond to the compromise? John McGloughlin, the CEO of GuardSight, will discuss how the use of Table Top Exercises (TTX) can help your business consider different risk scenarios and prepare you and your team for cyber threat scenarios.

50 Minutes

Entrada A 140

Breakout Sessions: Washington County’s Economy – What Makes It So Dynamic

Mark Knold, Economic Lookout

What is it that makes the Utah and St. George economies such growing machines? In this breakout session, we will explore the answers to these economic questions.

50 Minutes

Entrada B&C 275

Breakout Sessions: Going Direct-to-Consumer on a Global Scale 

Josh Aikens, Chief of Staff, ZONOS PANEL DISCUSSION Direct-to-consumer brands of all shapes and sizes will learn from panelists that have already started, how to sell direct-to-consumers around the world. Join us to learn more about one of the hottest topics on everyone's e-commerce roadmap.

50 Minutes

Auditorium 178

Break for Lunch

30 Minutes

Ballroom

LT Governor Remarks

Deidre M. Henderson LT Governor

15 Minutes

Presenting Keynote – Misty Kirby, Founder of Paparazzi

Misty Kirby, Paparazzi

Paparazzi Possible: An Unconventional Success Story

Paparazzi Accessories has become a national phenomenon, but the secret to their success may surprise you.

1 Hour

Ballroom

What’s Up Down South Video

45 Minutes

Ballroom

Utah’s Own Networking Session

Utah's Own Networking Session in Garden Room

1 Hour 15 Minutes

Garden Room

PRESENTERS

Misty Kirby
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Misty Kirby

Paparazzi

Deidre M. Henderson
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Deidre M. Henderson

State of Utah

Stephen Lisonbee
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Stephen Lisonbee

State of Utah

Gregg Robinson
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Gregg Robinson

RAM Aviation, Space & Defense

Zach Renstrom
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Zach Renstrom

WCWC

Vardell Curtis
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Vardell Curtis

WCBR

Emily Merkley
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Emily Merkley

WCBR

Win Jeanfreau
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Win Jeanfreau

iMpact Utah

Kyle Case
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Kyle Case

The Huntsman World Senior Games

David Busk
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David Busk

Utah Dept. of Workforce Services

Jon Walter
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Jon Walter

NAI Excel

Kevin Lewis
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Kevin Lewis

Greater Zion

John McGloughlin
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John McGloughlin

GuardSight

Mark Knold
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Mark Knold

Utah Dept. of Workforce Services

Josh Aikens
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Josh Aikens

Zonos

Mayor Michele Randall
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Mayor Michele Randall

City Of St. George

Mayor Kress Staheli
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Mayor Kress Staheli

Washington City

Mayor Nanette Billings
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Mayor Nanette Billings

Hurricane City

Mayor Chris Hart
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Mayor Chris Hart

Ivins City

Mayor Rick Rosenberg
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Mayor Rick Rosenberg

Santa Clara