Governor and Prosperity 2020 Aim to Create Top Ten Center for Technology Jobs & Businesses

WHAT:      Governor Gary R. Herbert will join Prosperity 2020, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and key partners from industry and education to announce strategies for becoming a top ten center for technology jobs and businesses, including a statewide planning process and a public/private sector partnership.
WHY:           Utah’s economy and quality of life will improve with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, and related jobs/businesses.  Technology businesses have high paying jobs, but many Utah students don’t have the necessary certificates and degrees.
WHO:         Governor Gary R. Herbert
                        Student scientists from elementary to college age
                        Mark Bouchard, chair of Prosperity 2020, Director of CBRE for Utah/NM
                        Chet Linton, Utah Technology Council Board of Trustees
                        Spencer Eccles, executive director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development
                        Members of the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission
VISUALS:  Student scientists will demonstrate their projects, showcasing STEM programs for young students, such as FIRST Lego League robotics and Expanding Your Horizons, a science and engineering program for girls.
WHEN:      TODAY, Thursday, Sept. 6, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
                        1:00-1:15 p.m., Governor and business leaders announce vision and plan
1:15-2:00 p.m., MEDIA AVAILABILITY for one-on-one interviews with Governor, Prosperity 2020 leaders and student scientists demonstrating projects
WHERE:    World Trade Center at City Creek, 60 E. South Temple, Third Floor