By Governor Gary R. Herbert
Last February it was my great pleasure to host the first annual Utah Governor’s Energy Development Summit. That extraordinary event brought one thousand industry leaders, government officials, academics, resource advocates, and others together to advance the dialogue around responsible energy development in the great State of Utah. By all accounts, the event was an overwhelming success, and I fully expect the Energy Summit will be the premiere annual forum for the energy sector in the West.
My Office of Energy Development does a great job orchestrating the event. This year’s Summit, to be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center on January 10th and 11th, will host 1,600 attendees, and will offer two full days of thoughtfully crafted plenary and panel sessions that address the full breadth of energy resources and issues. The complete Summit agenda is online at energy.utah.gov, and more details will be available weekly.
I look forward to attending and addressing Summit participants. The event is not only an opportunity to acknowledge and thank the entire energy industry; it also validates the significant economic value they provide the State. Moreoever, the Summit provides a worthwhile opportunity to learn more about current projects and future energy efforts, including technological advancements and the development of new resources.
By naming energy, along with education, jobs and self-determination, a cornerstone of Utah’s economic recovery and prosperity, I recognize the foundational importance of energy development to the state’s future well-being and competitiveness. The 2013 Utah Governor’s Energy Development Summit is a vehicle to advance that understanding, and to move us closer to Utah’s strategic energy objectives. Please join me in January at the Summit and join the effort to responsibly optimize Utah’s energy resources and potential.