|Marc Stilson, chairman of the economic development council for the county opens the summit.|
Part I: This begins a news series on the economic summit and its speakers and breakout sessions
The inaugural economic summit was held in Castle Dale on Sept. 14. The event was attended by 125 interested people. Marc Stilson, the chairman of the Emery County Economic Development Council welcomed everyone to the event and thanked them for coming. Stilson said this is the first summit to promote economic growth in the county and plans are underway to make it an annual event. He said that in setting goals this year for the economic development council the top idea was to hold an economic summit to generate some positive energy and present a good forum on how to grow and sustain quality growth in our community.
Stilson said, "The only thing constant in life is change and we must be able to adapt to change in order to be successful." Commissioner Drew Sitterud introduced the new economic development director for Emery County, Mike McCandless.
Deb Dull from Utah Power announced the guest speaker for the morning session, Bob King from Innerwest Mining. Several breakout sessions were held throughout the morning and the lunch speaker was candidate for governor, Jon Huntsman, Jr.