Mobile Tour Description
Join us on a mobile tour to learn why more than 4,300 high-tech companies call Utah home. Hear from Utah's leaders, including planners, developers, and entrepreneurs, about what makes Utah so attractive. A UTA motor coach will drive attendees from the Little America Hotel to Lehi City in Utah County. Participants will be joined by key staff from the Governor's Office of Economic Development and Economic Development Corporation of Utah who will share information about what makes Utah's technology ecosystem boom. We will take a five-minute break at the Lehi City Hall before embarking on a tour of the City's numerous technology companies, led by the City's economic development director, and including a few of Utah's unicorns. Attendees will hop off the bus at Adobe where they will learn first-hand what makes Utah so attractive from Adobe's regional site operations manager’s perspective. On the way back to Little America Hotel, participants will learn about future opportunities in and around Utah's point of the mountain from one of Utah's visionary leaders from Envision Utah.
Ryan Beck, Senior Planner, Envision Utah
Ryan Beck began working with Envision Utah in 2008. He serves as the Senior Planner. Ryan is currently involved with Envision Utah’s work on the Your Utah, Your Future statewide vision, helping to implement the vision for the 11 topic areas. Prior to working at Envision Utah, Ryan worked with a local private transportation planning firm. While there, he prepared city transportation plans and operated travel demand models. Specifically, Ryan was involved with the Twin Falls Master Transportation Plan, Vision Dixie, and UTA/Brigham City Transit Feasibility Studies. Ryan’s education includes a B.A in History from the University of Utah and a Masters degree in Environmental Law and Policy from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.
LaNiece Davenport, Director, Wasatch Front Economic Development District, Wasatch Front Regional Council
LaNiece Davenport holds a bachelor’s of geography and a master’s of public administration from the University of Utah. She has held diverse roles and responsibilities during her 13-years at the Wasatch Front Regional Council including her most recent as the Director of the Wasatch Front Economic Development District. As a senior planner with WFRC, she administered the region’s federal small cities Community Development Block Grant program and state Community Impact Board program. She led many regional planning projects including a resource management plan, broadband plan, green infrastructure plan, and natural resource hazard mitigation plan. Ms. Davenport is the President of the Utah Chapter of American Society of Public Administration and board member of the Jordan River Commission’s technical advisory committee.
Erin Laney, Director of Business Development, Economic Development Corporation of Utah
After a career in law as Senior Associate Attorney for Pite Duncan, LLP (now Aldridge Pite, LLP), Erin came to EDCUtah in 2013. She's enjoyed working with a diverse range of companies, including Boeing, Armada Skis, and Thumbtack. In her spare time, Erin has a passion for international travel, endurance sports (marathons being the current favorite), film, literature, and spending time with her family. Erin has a JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a BS in Economics from the University of Utah.
Benjamin Hart, Managing Director of Urban and Rural Business Services, Utah's Governor's Office of Economic Development
Benjamin Hart is the Managing Director for Urban and Rural Business Services for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. His responsibilities include overseeing the GOED programs that help Utah businesses to grow. Prior to his position at GOED, Hart served as the director of employer initiatives for the Department of Workforce Services. During his tenure at DWS, Hart oversaw the department’s business services portfolio of programs. Hart helped develop programs such as the Small Business Bridge program, the UCAIR Clean Air Assist program and the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership. Hart completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Utah.
Doug Meldrum, Economic Development Director, Lehi City
Doug Meldrum received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from Utah State University in 1991. Upon graduation, Doug worked for First Security Bank then Key bank as an Area Manager until July 2006. In July of 2006, he accepted a position as the Community Development Director for South Jordan City. In November of 2009, Doug accepted a position with Lehi City as their Economic Development Director and is also accountable for the building and inspection departments. Doug currently serves as a board member for the Utah Association for Economic Development, he is the Secretary of the Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Legislative Policy Committee for the Utah League of Cities and Towns. He lives in South Jordan with his wife and loves being a part of the communities where he serves and lives.
Jeremy MacDonald, Regional Site Operations Manager, Adobe
Jeremy Macdonald is the Site Operations Manager for Adobe Lehi, and also for Latin America. He studied architecture at UC Berkeley, and Business at Thunderbird. Site Operations means coordinating budget and processes across all stakeholders and employees at each site, finding the appropriate balance of corporate oversight and local flavor. He also leads Adobe’s Employee Community Fund for investing in local non-profits.
Robert J. Grow, JD, CEO, President, Envision Utah
Robert Grow holds degrees in engineering and law from the University of Utah and the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and has had a diverse career, including practicing law, leading and supporting regional visioning processes, being president of a large manufacturing company, and chairing a national trade association. Grow was the primary architect of Envision Utah’s grass roots, bottom up, stakeholder driven, values based approach. He is the founding chair emeritus and current President and CEO of Envision Utah.