Hinckley Institute Policy Forum to examine USTAR at the five-year mark Dec. 6

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The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah will tackle the subject of technology economic development at a Policy Forum Tuesday, Dec. 6. The event is free and open to the public.

The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) is a state-funded, industry-led effort that leverages the success of Utah’s research universities in creating and commercializing innovative technologies to expand and diversity Utah’s economy.

The March 2006 legislation that created USTAR provides funding to:

  • Recruit top-level researchers
  • Build state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research and development facilities
  • Form science, innovation, and commercialization teams across the state

In five years of operation, USTAR has hit significant milestones in its three program areas – Research Teams, Building Projects, and regional Technology Outreach. The panel will discuss technology economic development policy and USTAR performance in light of regional and national trends.

The session takes place from 12:15 to 1:15 pm at 260 South Central Campus Drive, Room 255 (map). Panelists include:

  • Ted McAleer, USTAR executive director
  • Wesley G. Smith, executive vice president of government relations and general counsel at the Salt Lake Chamber
  • Jan Elise Stambro, senior research economist with the Bureau of Economic and Business Research and author of an economic impact study of USTAR
  • John A. White, USTAR researcher, professor of bioengineering, executive director of the U of U Brain Institute

Michael O’Malley, Marketing Director for USTAR and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, will moderate.

Hinckley Forums enable students, faculty, and community members to discuss a broad range of political concepts with political experts several times each week. Past guests include President Bill Clinton, President Gerald Ford, Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator John McCain, Utah Governor Michael Leavitt, and many other notable professionals.

The Hinckley Institute is dedicated to teaching students respect for practical politics and the principle of citizen involvement in government. It is a bipartisan institute dedicated to engaging students in governmental, civic and political processes; promote a better understanding and appreciation of politics; and train ethical and visionary students for service in the American political system. Robert H. Hinckley founded the Hinckley Institute of Politics in 1965 with the vision to, “teach students respect for practical politics and the principle of citizen involvement in government.” Since its founding, the Hinckley Institute has provided a wide range of programs for students, public school teachers and the general public

Robert H. Hinckley served in the Roosevelt Administration as Director of the Civilian Pilot Training Program, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and Director of Contract Settlement. He later went on to found the American Broadcasting Company in 1946. “Every student a politician” was the dream of Robert H. Hinckley.

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