A delegation of 64 people, including Gov. Spencer Cox, visited Israel and the United Arab Emirates to discuss trade and economic innovation with world leaders.

Natalie Gochnour

Editor’s Note: Natalie Gochnour, David Eccles School of Business Associate Dean and Deseret News contributor, traveled with a delegation of business and community leaders on a trade mission led by the World Trade Center Utah to Israel and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Here is an insider’s look at what occurred on the trade mission in the first of a six-part series. She was joined by Gov. Spencer Cox and others and here focuses on Utah’s emerging role as the Crossroads of the World.

People often describe Utah as the “Crossroads of the West.” It’s a fitting moniker given the state’s central location in the interior western United States. Utah lies halfway between Canada and Mexico and roughly equidistance from the Pacific Ocean and Continental Divide. U.S. Interstates 15, 70, 80 and 84 all pass through the state and the Salt Lake City International Airport serves as a major hub for one of the largest airlines in the world.

Even Utah’s past conveys a place of connection; the Lincoln Highway, Pony Express and transcontinental railroad all connected people through the Beehive State.

I thought about the crossroads’ slogan as I boarded a flight with a 64-person strong, governor-led delegation headed to Israel and United Arab Emirates. The delegation included Gov. Spencer Cox, legislative leadership, state government leaders and business and community representatives.

World Trade Center Utah, which handles the planning and logistics for Utah’s trade missions, has upped the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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