International trade supports roughly 389,000 jobs in Utah, or more than 1 in 5. Which is why it is so important that Salt Lake City stays involved with all opportunities to promote our talents, goods, and services around the world.

This week we had another opportunity to welcome foreign diplomats at a conference organized by UVU’s Office of Global Engagement and Chief International Officer, Dr. Baldomero Lago.  From trade commissioners to ambassadors to consuls, we were honored with representation from Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Sessions for the conference featured speakers addressing free trade, foreign investment, innovation and technology, and sustainability. The event was free and open to the public.

Each year the UVU Office for Global Engagement recognizes individuals or organizations who have supported, promoted, or advanced the organization’s global mission to empower students to become competent and confident leaders and world citizens through creating opportunities for successful experiences in a globally interdependent community. This year, two awards were given to Salt Lake City.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Acting Director of Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development Ben Kolendar were honored for their work in bringing the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference to Salt Lake City in August.  Mayor Jackie Biskupski was honored as ‘Person of the Year’ and Ben Kolendar received the ‘Utah Business/Government’ award. Read the full press release here.

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This was the 3rd Annual Conference for Utah Valley University’s Office for Global Engagement. Follow their social channels (and ours) to stay informed of all upcoming events and next year’s conference.