Congressman John Curtis welcomed all to USU Eastern on Friday as the Rural Business Summit was hosted in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center. This event was a great opportunity for business owners, representatives, locals and members of the community to come together and discuss all things business and opportunity.
“It is my desire to make this an annual event where we can exchange ideas, encourage growth and connect with those who can help citizens find a job, create a business or expand their business in rural Utah,” Curtis said. Early on, I made it one of my primary missions to do what I can to bring success to the rural areas of our district. I want to find ways to help rural businesses prosper and make a dent in the high unemployment.”
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that evening, those that attended were treated to a plethora of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, booths and more. Speakers such as Max Backlund of EDCUtah, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, Marla Trollan, District Director of the SBA Utah District Office, and others traveled to Price for the summit.
Local speakers were also featured such as Colleen Loveless of the Carbon County Chamber and Love-Less Ash and Ryan Murray of Tram Electric.
Castleview Hospital was also recognized in a large way at the event as the entity was announced as the 2018 Congressional Rural Business of the Year. Many representatives of the hospital were welcomed onstage to accept the award from Representative Curtis.
Val Hale of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development had the honor of being the closing keynote speaker of the day, followed by closing remarks from Representative Curtis.
“Thank you to everyone who attended, participated in the breakout sessions and collaborated with job seekers, startups, entrepreneurs and business leaders,” said Curtis.