Economic summit set for Eastern Utah

A regional economic summit will offer information about branding and promoting communities as well as crowd funding, entrepreneurism and exporting.

Utah State University Eastern has joined with the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Price City to present the Eastern Utah Economic Summit. The event is set for Nov. 5 and 6 in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center on the USU Eastern campus in Price. Admission is $40, $50 after Oct. 30. To register for or obtain more information, visit the Web site at

The summit is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Price Civic Auditorium with a training presentation by Roger Brooks, an author and speaker known as an authority in the travel industry.

Brooks is author of “Your Town: A Destination — The 25 Immutable Rules of Successful Tourism.” He’s worked for more than 30 years to help people turn attractions, businesses and communities into travel destinations. He’s been involved in developing and marketing Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, the Sunriver Resort in Oregon and Whistler Resort in Canada. He’s a past board member of the U.S. Travel Association and Certified Speaking Professional.

On Nov. 6, the summit will feature a breakfast keynote address by Brooks from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. followed by breakout sessions and a luncheon keynote address. The breakout sessions will address such topics as crowd funding, entrepreneurism, exporting and marketing and are designed to help businesses in rural areas.

The luncheon keynote address set for 12:30 p.m. will feature Derek Miller, president and chief executive officer of the World Trade Center Utah. The organization is a member of the World Trade Centers Association, a network of more than 300 trade centers in 100 countries working to promote prosperity through trade and investment.

Miller previously served as chief of staff to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and managing director of the Governor’s Office for Economic Development. He also worked as legal counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives and as a management consultant for the Arthur Andersen accounting firm.

The economic summit is set to conclude at 2 p.m. Nov.  6 with an event in which participants will present their ideas for growing businesses.