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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Business Economic Development and Labor Appropriations: 2.14.13

Discussions on: Utah Science Technology and Research, Utah Shakespeare Festival, American Cancer Society, and Utah Defense Alliance

Utah Shakespeare notes: asked for $3 million to fund their new theatre.

Sen. Vickers with Fred Adams, founder of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Jeff Edwards, CEO of Economic Development Corporation of Utah, distributed a handout which details the economic impact of the Festival.

They distributed the economic ROI report that we sent to our members a few newsletters ago. It was a distinctly economic argument for their new theatre with a long discussion of how the festival brings in tourism dollars. The legislators wanted to know how the festival was brining in tax dollars more than general economic impact.  The presentation was truncated to allow time for the other presentations. Sen. Shiozawa indicated that he is a big fan of the Shakespeare Festival.

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