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Global Cities Salt Lake: Building and sustaining a competitive region

Past Event

Panel 1: Global Engagement: How Other Cities Promote Trade

Cities and metropolitan regions across the United States are struggling with the challenge of spurring economic growth and job creation that are sustainable and inclusive. While the national economic picture continues to improve, the gains are unevenly distributed among people and regions. Meanwhile, new challenges and opportunities such as globalization, evolving demographics, technological advancement, and workforce readiness are forcing business, government, and civic leaders to rethink their economic development strategies. Leaders in metropolitan areas across the country have begun to transition from the traditional model of growth through consumption-based industries and business attraction to one that engages global demand, talent, and capital.

On Wednesday, July 22 the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and JPMorgan Chase hosted the Global Cities Salt Lake forum, focused on this new endeavor. Focusing on export opportunities in the Salt Lake metropolitan area, the forum included a conversation around the region’s global competitiveness The speakers at the forum provided context on the current position of the city and region in the international marketplace and offered insight into how leaders can strengthen global competitiveness and economic growth.

Presentation by Amy Liu


Phyllis Campbell, Mayor Ben McAdams, Craig Zollinger, Amy Liu, Mayor Richard M. Daley


Amy Liu gives presentation at Global Cities Salt Lake forum


Marek Gootman, Ric Hubler, Nancy Langdon, Andy Davison


Jeff Edwards, Theresa Foxley, Derek Miller, Natalie Gochnour, Mayor Ben McAdams


Welcoming Remarks


Jason Perry

Vice President, Government Affairs and Interim Director - Hinckley Institute of Politics, The University of Utah

Opening Remarks


Panel 1: Global Engagement: How Other Cities Promote Trade


Andy Davison

Principal Adviser for International Business - London & Partners


Ricardo Hubler

Senior Director - Global Business Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Panel 2: Building a Globally Competitive Region in Salt Lake


Jeff Edwards

President and Chief Executive Officer - Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah)


Theresa Foxley

Managing Director, Corporate Recruitment and International Trade - Governor's Office of Economic Development


Natalie Gochnour

Associate Dean - David Eccles School of Business, The University of Utah


Derek Miller

President and Chief Executive Officer - World Trade Center Utah

Closing Remarks

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