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?2010 Rankings Report? Utah #7 Economic Growth Potential Utah #3 Best Business Climate Utah #1 Quality of Life Utah #7 Employment Leader Utah #2 Best Education Climate Utah #10 Best Business Tax Climate Utah #8 Best Transportation Infrastructure

Water Prevention Solutions LLC, Utah State University?s third spinout company in fiscal year 2010 is centered on a USU technology created by former USU employees Jim Reese and Ron White. The new technology is a patent pending wastewater backflow valve that can be installed in new construction homes and businesses or retrofitted to work on existing pipes, even those made of clay.

The micro-blogging site Twitter is moving its technical operations infrastructure to Utah. The custom-built data center will open in the Salt Lake area later this year.

The Utah State University USTAR team Veterinary Diagnostics and Infectious Disease team will host two seminar presentations this coming week. Faculty members are encouraged to attend. The first seminar, presented by Dr. Graca Almeida-Porada, professor in the department of animal biotechnology at the University of Nevada, Reno, is scheduled to be held July 26, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. in the Merrill-Cazier Library, room 154.

As the world?s 12th most populous country and the world?s 12th largest workforce of over 46 million workers, Vietnam is emerging as a significantly open economy with tremendous opportunities for economic investment and partnerships. Their gross domestic product reached $89.1 billion in 2008 and it has become an export powerhouse on the back of major economic reforms over the past 20 years.

Utah life sciences companies are encouraged to attend nanoUtah 2010, a conference that will help them to: Learn the latest trends in the 21st century?s most exciting technologies Connect with researchers to expand your product line Meet potential new employees who are experienced in biomedical engineering and nanotechnology

The Governor's Office of Economic Development in conjunction with World Trade Center Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce will be holding an "Economic Opportunities in Piura, Peru" Luncheon.

Bring your lunch and join us at this highly informative Brown Bag Lunch Series on Exporting led by Regional Director, Miguel Rovira. This month's topic is pricing, Quotations, and terms.

Join the Salt Lake Chamber for a nine day extravaganza of culture, art, history and education mixed with business opportunities. Explore one of the world's most historically rich and vibrant countries.

Representatives from U.S. Department of Energy and the National Laboratory System traveled to Salt Lake to learn more about emerging technologies that have received support through USTAR's Technology Commercialization Grant program.

Synthetic Biomanufacturing

Wed, 30 Jun 2010

A group of Utah State University researchers in the colleges of science and engineering have joined together to create the Synthetic Biomanufacturing Center. The center is funded by the Utah Science, Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR). In the summer of 2008, USU recruited Leland G. Foster as interim executive director of the team.

The Institute for Clean and Secure Energy has produced this map resource of potential energy resources.

Now is the time for Utah companies and organizations to enter the fast growing Indian market. The Indian economy has grown 7.2 percent in 2009. The Indian market with its one billion plus population, presents lucrative and diverse opportunities for Utah exporters. India?s requires products and services for major sectors such as energy, environmental, healthcare, high-tech, infrastructure, transportation, and defense. Opportunities in the area of education are unparalleled.

DOPL licenses numerous professions, from accountants to veterinarians.  Here are the total number of professionals currently licensed in Utah, by profession.

There?s a new team in town and they have one thing in mind, finding out where every bit (or megabit, if you ask them) of broadband is located and available throughout the Beehive State. The project, known as the Utah Broadband Mapping, Analysis, and Planning Project (UBMAPP), will produce a state-of the art interactive Web map of the broadband systems in the State and a comprehensive broadband plan.

The Utah Generated Renewable Energy Electricity Network (UGREEN) was created by the 2009 Utah Legislature as a bonding authority to support the development of renewable energy transmission projects.

USTAR recently awarded a total of $327,574 to 8 innovative research projects across the state of Utah. USTAR?s Technology Commercialization Grant (TCG) program was announced in 2009, with the main focus on bringing innovative new technologies to market from Utah?s public universities and colleges; as well as helping to foster collaboration between industry and public higher learning institutions.

The Utah Division of Securities has updated their website to make it more useful for investors and for industry.  Visit us today for more information.

According to reports, the new eBay data center is 30% more efficient than any other eBay facility.  It is the largest infrastructure investment the company has ever made.

Utah is taking steps forward in the renewable energy economy. While the state continues to actively support the traditional energy industry, over the last two years, it has seen a significant increase in renewable energy companies making significant investments in the State.

The Utah Fund of Funds with partners MBRC, GOED and USTAR have announced they will present a six-part training series on Fund Raising. The six part series can be attended as a group, or ala carte. The cost for all six parts is $75, or you can attend any of the six for $25 each. To get the $75 deal you must register before May 26. The training sessions will be held at the Miller Business Resource Center SLCC Miller Campus.

A major Skagit County manufacturer has announced plans to build a facility in Utah to support its work in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Janicki Industries' new $19.5 million Utah facility will make precision composites for the military aircraft and expects to add about 50 people to the company in the next few years.

The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy invites you to bring your own lunch (cookies and water provided) and join us for our next roundtable discussion on the "State of Entrepreneurship in Malaysia." The desire for entrepreneurship and innovation are growing in Malaysia. According to the Legatum Prosperity Index, Malaysia ranks 28th out of 104 countries in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Oracle has resumed construction on a major facility in West Jordan, Utah to meet the needs of its growing customer base. Construction on the approximately 180,000 square feet data center began a little over a year ago.

The Governor's Economic Summit held March 29th and was the fourth annual gathering of over 1000 business leaders from around the State.

The Space Weather Center at USU will be releasing two new capabilities for existing SWC innovations at the annual Space Weather Workshop meeting in Boulder, Colorado, April 27-30, 2010. SpaceWx, an iPhone app developed by USU's Space Weather Center is scheduled to release the upgraded v1.4.0 via Apple next week. First released in 2009, this app upgrade includes real-time effects from the four major space weather domains.

Utah Genius 2010

Mon, 26 Apr 2010

UTAH GENIUS recognizes the creative people, companies and cities behind Utah's economy. The awards are based on objective statistics, so that we know that the people recognized are high performers.

The Center for Advanced Nutrition, the first USTAR team at Utah State University, has recently begun the commercialization process by way of protecting the intellectual property developed within the CAN team.

The Governor?s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is hosting the 2nd Annual Women in International Business Conference on April 29, 2010 at the Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus.

Two major motion pictures are currently being shot in Utah, and now an extreme sports, action and comedy series is about to begin. KCPW's Whittney Evans reports.

Dr. Jeff Dyer, Professor of Strategy at the Marriott School of Business, Brigham Young University will present on his recent article published in the Harvard Business Review and co-authored by Clayton Christensen of Harvard.

Innovations in the life sciences arising from the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative will be the topic of the Utah Technology Council's (UTC) Life Science Workshop on April 27 at the University of Utah's Brain Institute in Research Park.

The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) is slated to receive $33 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for use in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. The majority of the funding augments research and commercialization efforts at the University of Utah (U of U) and Utah State University (USU) in fields such as energy, nanotechnology, medical imaging, biopharma, and digital media.

With a typical award size of $30,000, USTAR Technology Commercialization Grants (TCGs) will assist regional and research higher education faculty to prototype, test, assess markets, and commercialize new products and services in high-growth markets. In addition, Utah-based companies and other third parties willing to sponsor technology development work at regional public institutions of higher learning may jointly apply with a faculty member.

The annual Governor's Utah Economic Summit will again set the foundation for the outlook and forecast for Utah in 2010 and beyond. Respected leaders from across the state will discuss the business opportunities across the state.

Federal funding for energy-related projects has exploded, providing Utah opportunities to leverage existing strengths and create jobs in the new energy economy. Through the end of 2009, USTAR's Technology Outreach team coordinated and supported $1.1 billion in grant applications, for USTAR and non-USTAR entities. Utah-supported applicants have won more than $40 million in new research funding so far, with an additional $450 million pending.

The Governor's Utah Economic Summit will be held Monday, March 29, 2010. We are excited to add the Student Business Summit as part of this event. The Student Business Summit will feature keynote speakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and experts in their field.

This newsletter provides an update on the economies of Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.

The International Trade and Diplomacy Office (ITDO) of the Governor?s Office of Economic Development is pleased with its 2009 year-end commodity export figures as announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Utah companies exported over $10.3 billion in 2009 which equaled their export dollars from 2008.

Production agriculture and the agricultural processing and manufacturing sectors are important elements of the economy in the state of Utah. These economic sectors contribute jobs, income, fiscal revenues, and quality of life to not only rural regions of the state, but also to its more urbanized regions. The agricultural processing sector and the production agriculture sector together account for $15.2 billion in total economic output in Utah after adjusting for multiplier effects.

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