The Honorable Gary R. Herbert, the Governor of Utah will deliver a keynote address at the conference at 8:00 AM on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Governor Herbert currently serves as Chair of the National Governors Association, where his chair's initiative focuses on highlighting state-based solutions while enhancing a collaborative state-federal partnership. Governor Gary Richard Herbert has led Utah's recovery from the Great Recession to a position of national economic prominence. His unwavering focus on economic development includes attracting businesses and investment to the state while helping homegrown businesses flourish. As Utah's 17th Governor, he took the Oath of Office on August 11, 2009. Prior to becoming the state's chief executive, Governor Herbert served as Lieutenant Governor for five years. In 1990, Mr. Herbert was appointed to the Utah County Commission and concluded his service in 2004.
He will be joining the conference after returning from Washington from a National Governor's Association meeting.