by David Ellis
on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 6:21pm.
The 2013 Washington County Economic Summit, also known as What's Up Down South, took place this past week at the Dixie Center. The overall census during the Summit is the economy in St. George, Utah is back. 2013 guarantees to be a year of increased growth as businesses continue to build new facilities, thus; creating more jobs and bringing more people to Washington County. A few reasons businesses are looking at St. George to expand their businesses are its labor force and logistics. The work force is educated and reliable. St. George City is also centrally located to allow companies effective shipment of their product. Businesses, such as Family Dollar, feel St. George and Washington County area's great locations just a good place to be.
Lt. Governor Greg Bell was one of the keynote speakers during the Summit. The Lt. Governor discussed our need to continue to grow and maintain an educated workforce as education is no longer negotiable. His encouragement was new college students major in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) degrees as the high paying jobs are located in those areas of expertise. He touted Utah being named as the Best State for Business by Forbes Magazine for the third year in a row. Bell states Utah's greatest indicator for success is the state is continuing to grow while other states are diminishing.