Washington County Economic Summit to feature new paradigms

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 “What’s Up Down South” event set for Jan. 11, 2012 

The Washington County Economic Summit, also known statewide as “What’s Up Down South” is slated for Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at the Dixie Center in St. George.

Summit planners say this year’s theme – “Shifting Dixie’s Economic Paradigm” –  will explore opportunities for the current southern Utah business landscape. Washington County Economic Development Director Scott Hirschi points out the historical nature of this region’s economic paradigm shifts. “From the pioneers’ Cotton Mission to today, Dixie’s business framework has evolved and adapted,” Hirschi said. “It’s what we do.”

The Summit’s most popular session, the “What’s Up Down South” bullet point presentations, will provide information about significant developments affecting the southern Utah economy.

Keynoting the breakfast session will be George Feiger, CEO of Contango Advisors, who will help participants understand the impact of global markets on a local economy. “Feiger speaks around the world on this topic, and we are fortunate to have him here,” Hirschi said.

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert will welcome participants to the Summit lunch by highlighting the economic success of the region and state.

Lunch keynoter will be Hyrum Smith, former chairman of Franklin Covey, and well known motivational speaker who has co-authored a book with Spencer Johnson, author of the best seller, Who Moved My Cheese?  The upcoming book, Belief Windows explores how a person’s belief windows can work in both a positive or negative manner.

The morning will also feature two rounds of breakout sessions discussing the following topics.

First Round, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m:

  • Residential Real Estate
  • Social Marketing Your Personal Brand
  • Water in Washington County Past, Present, Future
  • Technology Advances in Southern Utah
  • Soltis Investment Update: Looking Ahead
  • It’s All About the Economy: a presentation on local demographics

Second round, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m:

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • True Life SBA 504 Borrowers
  • Getting out of the Stone Age: Taking Your Business Global
  • Ownership and Visioneering – Two Explosive Imperatives for 2012
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: a discussion from statewide business leader about the urgent need for job creation

Back by popular demand, the 2012 Summit will again spotlight Washington County food manufacturers who will provide samples of their wares for attendees. Included will be Amber Lyn Chocolates, Litehouse Dressings, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, and others.

Following the lunch session, Summit participants are invited to attend the afternoon bonus sessions which are free to the public. At 2 p.m. attendees may choose either the 2012 Vision Dixie Report, or An Entrepreneur’s Journey, presented by successful serial entrepreneur and USTAR regional director Alex Lawrence. Two energy-related sessions follow: Natural Gas at 3 p.m. and Renewable Energy at 4 p.m.

To register for the Summit, please go to www.whatsupdownsouth.com. Cost for the Summit is $75 per person including two meals, the Summit book and portfolio with all presenter contacts and summaries, and all sessions. Please email summit@dixie.edu  for more information.

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