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 Economic Development News 
Thursday, September 10 2015

New website wins in government-to-business category

Salt Lake City, UT -- The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce that, a project of the Utah Broadband Outreach Center and Utah Department of Technology Services (DTS), has earned a Digital Government Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Government.

“We knew from the beginning that would be an incredible resource for site selectors and businesses,” said Kelleigh Cole, director of the Utah Broadband Outreach Center. “We’re thrilled that it’s earned recognition so quickly.”

A winner in the government-to-business category, launched just months ago in May of this year. The first-of-its-kind website is a key tool for helping businesses and their site selectors find important information, including the state’s broadband availability, utility information, transportation, workforce and lifestyle features. The website also allows area developers to evaluate potential locations and print detailed, customized reports on available infrastructure. 

“ puts a portion of Utah's vast collection of digital mapping data to work in support of economic development,” said Mark VanOrden, chief information officer of DTS. “Its innovative design and reporting capabilities show a landscape-level view of what makes Utah communities so attractive to new and relocating businesses.”

This national recognition can be added to the list of Utah’s broadband-related accolades—Utah still holds strong with the “Fastest Internet in the West” and the 4th fastest Internet in the country. Acknowledging that these achievements come only with great work, the Utah Broadband Outreach Center will be holding the 2015 Broadband Tech Summit on Oct. 14 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo. The event will be hosted by GOED Executive Director Val Hale.

The summit will feature keynote presentations by Todd Westberg, regional IT director for UPS and James Lawrence, the Guinness World Record-holding triathlete. Following the keynotes will be multiple workshops on everything from cybersecurity to broadband infrastructure construction. 

For more information and to register for the 2015 Broadband Tech Summit, visit

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)  
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.  For more information please contact:  Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or

About the Utah Broadband Outreach Center
The Utah Broadband Outreach Center is a state program focused on mapping available broadband services and promoting the development of additional infrastructure in Utah. The center maintains Utah’s interactive residential broadband availability map at and a commercial broadband economic development map at The center is located in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and mapping services are provided by the Automated Geographic Reference Center (AGRC). For more information please contact: Kelleigh Cole, 801-538-8831 or

About the Department of Technology Services
The Department of Technology Services (DTS) is the technology provider for the State of Utah Executive Branch Agencies.  DTS has embarked on an unprecedented transition to consolidate all IT resources and services for the State of Utah into one department helping to reduce costs, increase services to taxpayers, and more closely align IT with the business needs of the State of Utah. For more information please contact:  Stephanie Weteling, 801-538-3284 or

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