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Will the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit fill the Outdoor Retailer gap in Utah?

Utah is becoming well known across the country for its grown tech ecosystem.

In fact, Utah leads the nation in tech growth. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016 the state had the greatest percentage of tech job growth in the nation at 7.69 percent. Careers in software and IT represent more than 68,000 jobs among more than 4,000 companies.

Top Silicon Valley companies like Adobe have flocked to the Beehive state for our lower taxes, and the well-educated, multilingual workforce.

On January 18th and 19th some of the most prominent and leading minds in the tech industry will gather together for the larges and most prominent annual tech event in the state.

The Silicon Slopes Tech Summit 2018 is the largest and most prominent annual tech event in the state of Utah.  Dave Bateman, the CEO of  Entrata, joined us in studio Wednesday to discuss the event.

He said the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit has become one of the premier conferences in the country. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the summit including the CEOs of Adobe and Slack.

“We hate to see big conference like Outdoor Retailer leave the state, but the Summit will quickly fill the void. We anticipate it attracting 40,000 to 50,000 in just a few years,” Bateman said.

Bateman said one of the biggest challenges the state is facing right now is having enough talent to fill the thousands of open positions available.

"If we can meet the demand for talent, the industry will only continue to grow," he said.

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