Brigham Young University

Europe Days

Utah business leaders learned about the important trading relationship between the Utah and European nations, as well as finer points for doing business, including legal, financial, and economic issues at Utah–Europe Days, held 9–10 May 2011. The first event of its kind was hosted by the Governor's Office of Economic Development in partnership with the BYU's Center for the Study of Europe. Starting with a signing ceremony at the Utah State Capitol by Lt. Governor Greg Bell, hundreds of business leaders attended an economic briefing with Utah/European Honorary Consuls, a seminar on successful European business strategies with the Chamber of Commerce, an investment roundtable with the Association for Corporate Growth, a Utah Clusters seminar hosted by Ballard Spahr LLP, and a reception featuring a "culinary journey" through Europe.

Key presenters included Ambassador Bolos Bokor, Republic of Hungary, Michael Sedlacek, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, Thomas Schuck, Saarland Economic Promotion Corporation, and Andrew Lewis, consul and head of Trade and Investment, British Consulate General, Los Angeles. Franz Kolb, director of Europe in the Governor's Office of Economic Development organized the two-day event to bring together many leaders and to focus on increasing awareness of European opportunities. In addition, Cory Leonard, outreach director, BYU Center for the Study of Europe co-chaired the panel "Euroskeptics, Eurooptimists, and Eurorealists: Trends and Implications for Economic, Cultural, Political, and Educational Collaborations" and coordinated ten CSE students who hosted dignitaries and provided event support.