Area business leaders and economic development leaders gather to learn what’s goin’ down up north

Utah State University’s Innovation Center Calibration Lab Auditorium in North Logan was the site Thursday of the Northern Utah Economic Summit, also known as “What’s Goin’ Down Up North.”

Kirk Jensen, Logan City Economic Development Director, is a member of the event steering committee.

“Essentially it was an economic summit where we try to inform the public about what is going on with the economy,” said Jensen. “We try to showcase various businesses that are doing some interesting things and obviously it provides a networking opportunity for those that attend.”

This was the 7th annual summit and attendees included business owners, students ready to graduate who want to learn about local companies and representatives of government agencies.

“It’s really been a composite of everybody in our community,” said Jensen.

He said it was a regional look at businesses in Cache and Box Elder Counties in Utah as well as in Franklin, Rich, Oneida and Bear Lake counties in Idaho.

“We had one segment which lasted about an hour that we call our five-minute fast track presentations where we have nine different businesses shuttling through, five minutes each, providing us a brief glimpse of what each of them do.”

Presentations ranged from a new honey start-up in Box Elder County to a phosphate mine that may be operating soon in Bear Lake County to a presentation by Utah State University professor Brian Lewis about his spider silk research.

Former KUTV Investigative Reporter Bill Gephardt was the keynote speaker. He spent 30 of his 35 years in broadcasting in Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City exposing fraudulent business practices and lousy customer service.

“He has since spun off and now has his own company, <a href=”http://gephardtapproved.com” target=”_blank”>gephardtapproved.com</a>, where businesses seek his stamp of approval. He is an interesting personality, fun to listen to.”

Dr. Rex Spendlove was also honored and recognized at the summit, receiving an award from the Cache Entrepreneurial Council.

More information about the summit is found online at <a href=”http://whatsgoingdownupnorth.usu.edu” target=”_blank”>whatsgoingdownupnorth.usu.edu</a>.

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