Have you registered for Utah's Cyber Defense Challenge and Cyber Security Symposium coming up on June 1 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City? Online registration closes on Tuesday, May 29, at noon EST. Cyber security is not just a federal priority but also a local priority to ensure our businesses and our citizens are protected.
The symposium agenda offers a spectrum of presenters representing government agencies, academic institutes and industry partners. You can find additional information on the various panel discussions online here.
Utah's Cyber Defense Challenge is being organized by the Federal Business Council, EDCUtah and SAIC along with sponsorships from Solera Networks and EC-Council. The event will demonstrate Utah's commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education as well as showcases the career and educational opportunities that are available to students and professionals alike.
We hope you will want to be a part of this exciting event. Visit the symposium website to register today as an attendee or an exhibitor.
2012 Sundance Film Festival Has Tremendous Economic Impact
On another subject, last week we learned about the fantastic economic impact of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The economic activity report released by the Sundance Institute (available here) shows that the 2012 festival supported over 1,731 jobs, provided nearly $6.9 million in tax revenue and was attended by more than 46,000 people -- a 2 percent increase over the prior year. Additionally, more than 66 percent of festival attendees traveled from outside of Utah, with more than 5,700 of the visitors coming from international locations.
As noted by Governor Gary R. Herbert, the Sundance Film Festival not only brings economic value to Utah, but also provides an invaluable cultural and artistic benefit to residents and visitors alike. And Jill Miller, managing director of Sundance Institute, expressed it well when she said, "Utah and the Sundance Film Festival are synonymous with the best in American independent film and this year was no exception."
Truly, the festival is a collaborative community effort that brings tremendous visibility to the state. Perhaps that's why more than 44 percent of the tourist attendees said they intend to visit Utah again during the next year. And in terms of media exposure, we couldn't ask for better coverage. Between the announcement of the film program in late November 2011 through wrap-up articles in February 2012, Sundance Institute and the 2012 festival generated more than 35,224 print and online articles, according to the report. From January 15 to February 15, 2012, the festival generated 2,400 television pieces. In total, publicity value from the festival totaled more than $69 million.
Furthermore, over 950 registered press from 20 countries attended the festival, including Australia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Macedonia, Kosovo, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan, Russia and Venezuela.