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Wasatch Back Economic Summit

Zermatt Resort

May 17, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

784 W Resort Dr | Midway, UT 84049



Learn about key economic issues facing Summit and Wasatch Counties. Featuring a state of the Wasatch Back, informational presentations, breakout sessions, updates from elected officials and industry leaders, and great networking opportunities.
Doors open at 7:30 am.

Morning Keynote: 
State of the Wasatch Back

Mallory Bateman, M.Sc.

Director of Demographic Research and State Data Center Coordinator, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, University of Utah

Afternoon Keynote: Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity

Elected Officials Panel

Elected officials have a unique position to lead and guide policy, philosophy, and values in their communities and region. This panel will allow attendees to hear from elected officials from the Wasatch Back on their perspectives on regional challenges, opportunities, and unique areas for improvement. Panelists include: 

      • Nann Worel, Park City Mayor
      • Matt McCormick, Kamas City Mayor
      • Mark Nelson, Wasatch County Council
      • Chris Robinson, Summit County Council, Vice Chair

Breakout  Session 1: Employee and Business Challenges

A. The Future of Employee Retention and Recruitment

As the pandemic resets major work trends, how do we rethink workforce and employee planning, management, performance, and experience strategies. Panel includes:

      • Jeff Jones, AICP, Economic Development, Summit County
      • Si Hutt, Heber Valley Hospital
      • Department of Workforce Services


B. A Regional Approach to Housing

Economic vitality in the Wasatch Back is directly related to housing. The shortage of homes and sluggish income growth aren't keeping pace with soaring real estate prices. Learn how our communities are trying to keep up with the need while facing growth and development challenges. Panel includes: 

      • Shellie Barrus, Habitat for Humanity, Executive Director
      • Jamie Johnson, Park City Board of Realtors, Chief Executive Officer
      • Park Matheson, Mountainlands Community Housing Trust, Executive Director

C. Wasatch Back Future Growth

With the Wasatch Back being one of the fastest-growing regions in the country, how do we manage the growth and maintain our authentic communities? In this session, you will learn about the development projects that are in the works in both counties. Panel includes: 

      • Doug Smith, Wasatch County, Planning Director
      • Pat Putt, Summit County, Community Development Director

Breakout Session 2: Community Infrastructure Challenges

A. Regional Transit Solutions

Transit and transportation infrastructure is the literal artery that connects our communities. At this breakout session, attendees will learn about the challenges, opportunities, plans, and partnerships for future accessibility in the Wasatch Back. Panel includes: 

      • Caroline Rodriguez, Hi Valley Transit, Executive Director
      • Alex Roy, Park City Municipal, Senior Transportation Planner
      • Dustin Grabus, Wasatch County Manager

B. Legislative Update

With the 2022 Legislative session in the rearview mirror, this session will highlight some of the new laws affecting the Wasatch Back counties, municipalities, and key industries. Also, learn about what issues might be in store for the future. Panel includes:

      • Des Barker, Lobbyist
      • Mike Davis, Wasatch County, Manager

C. Sustainable Tourism 

Learn More about Sustainable Tourism, what it is and why it's important. Attendees will learn how communities can balance a thriving economy and still protect the quality of life, small-town character, and the environment. Panel includes:

      • Morgan Mingle, Director of Sustainable Tourism, Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau
      • Bianca Lyon, Community & Partner Relations Director, Utah Office of Tourism



This Event is currently not open to online registration. Please contact ["NATALIE KOHL" at "435.658.9620" or via email at ""] for more info.