Utah State Chamber Summer Conference

August 17-18, 2017 | Cedar City, UT

Southwest Applied Technology College | 757 W 800 S

Purpose of Conference:

  • Learn new professional tools
  • Build camaraderie
  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Connect with chamber leadership

For additional Conference location & hotel directions: CLICK HERE

The Utah State Chamber Awards will be decided upon during the Summer Conference. View the full list of awards and criteria: HERE



Wednesday, August 16

Pre-event Get Together (optional): If you are interested in meeting up with a few chamber friends the evening before the start of the Summer Conference, please let us know. We will help connect you to those who are interested.

DAY 1: Thursday, August 17

Southwest Applied Technology College | #109B – Small Multipurpose Room | 757 W 800 S

11:00 AM Welcome
25K Jobs in Rural Utah – Derek Miller, President, World Trade Center Utah
11:30 AM Mayor of Cedar City, Maile Wilson
12:00 PM Lunch | Culinary School at SATC
Keynote Presentation/Tour – Brennan Wood, President of Southwest Applied Technology College
1:15 PM Economic Impact of the Festival on Southern Utah – Fred Adams, Founder of the Utah Shakespeare Festival
2:30-4:30 PM Round Table Chamber Issues

  • Strategies for Chambers with Limited or No Staff
  • Engaging Millennials
  • Workforce Issues
  • Working with Challenging Volunteers
  • Engaging Board Members
  • Proliferation of Metro Chambers
4:30 PM Wrap Up/Break Before Dinner
5:30 PM Centro PizzeriaThis restaurant was voted number one in Utah by Yelp. (Dinner included in registration price.)
8:00 PM A Midsummer Night’s Dream* ($36 Upstairs Gallery – price includes a $10 discount for our group)

*Optional Activity with additional cost. Registration required. – Tickets are first-come, first-serve basis; book early by coordinating with Maria Loftis: mloftis@slchamber.com.

DAY 2: Friday, August 18

Southwest Applied Technology College | #109B – Small Multipurpose Room | 757 W 800 S

8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Brief Reports

  • Takeaways from the ACCE Conference in July
  • Washington, D.C. Trip reports
  • WACE Conference in February
  • Southern Utah Region Chamber Coalition
9:15 AM U.S. Chamber Report – Jennings Imel, Executive Director, Western Region, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
9:45 AM Load Bus for Tour
10:00 AM Economic Development Tour of Cedar City – Sponsored by Arrow Stage Lines – Chris McCormick, Cedar City Chamber President will host the tour

  • 10:00 AM – Casino Game Maker
  • 10:45 AM – Decorworx
  • 11:30 AM – Cedar City Hospital – Cancer Center, Dialysis Center (winner of numerous awards)
11:30 AM Lunch | Culinary School at SATC
Keynote: “New 50 Million Medical School in Ivins, Utah” – Dr. David Park
, Vice Dean, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Awards Presentation
1:00 PM “How Chambers Can Stay Relevant & Improve Their Brand” – Mike Green, Iron Forge Media
2:00 PM Explosive Chamber Growth: 4 Steps to Expand Membership and Drive Up Retention – Kordell Norton, CSP
3:00 PM Conference Concludes


  • Chris McCormick, Shannon and the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce
  • Arrow Stage Lines
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival